WWE fans were surprised to learn that Chairman Vince McMahon was not present at the post-WrestleMania 39 edition of SmackDown in Portland. However, PWInsider has reported that McMahon did review the creative plans for the show remotely.
While minor changes were made to the original script, nothing significant was altered. There was some speculation that McMahon so closely monitored Monday's RAW After WrestleMania because he was physically present. However, with McMahon's remote involvement in SmackDown, backstage morale was reportedly better than on Monday.
Despite this improvement, the crew still has a "wait and see" attitude. Some believe that everything will be more in line with the creative direction leading up to WrestleMania as long as McMahon continues to preside over things remotely.
Backlash Against WWE Creative Direction
Some within WWE feel that the online reactions to these recent developments will make everything out to be worse than it is. WWE has faced significant criticism for its creative direction, but it's worth remembering that McMahon's involvement is just one aspect of the process.
The company has a large team of creative professionals working behind the scenes, and their contributions should be noticed. With McMahon absent from tonight's SmackDown, many wonders if this will be a turning point for the company's creative direction.
However, it's clear that WWE is a company in flux, and it will take time to see how things shake out in the coming months. As always, the wrestling world will watch closely to see how tonight's show unfolds and how McMahon's remote involvement plays out.
It's worth noting that McMahon is known for his hands-on approach to WWE creative, so his absence from tonight's SmackDown could be significant. However, the fact that he was able to review and make changes to the show's script remotely suggests that he is still actively involved in the company's decision-making process.
Regardless of the outcome, it's clear that WWE is a company that is constantly evolving and changing. McMahon's absence from tonight's show may be a cause for concern, but it's important to remember that WWE has weathered many storms over the years and always come out on top.