PWInsider Elite has recently reported that WWE's Vince McMahon was involved in going over creative plans for the Friday episode of SmackDown. However, he did not attend the show in person. McMahon, who recently came back to oversee the merger between WWE and UFC under the Endeavor Group, was last seen in person during the 3 April edition of Raw.
That particular post-WrestleMania 39 episodes was filled with script changes, which were said to have been mandated by McMahon himself. Since then, his involvement has been slightly more hands-off. There have been varying accounts from insiders within the company regarding the extent of McMahon's influence on the most recent SmackDown episode.
The show set up multiple title matches, including an Undisputed Tag-Team Title rematch featuring Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens against The Usos. In addition, WWE announced that the 2023 Draft would commence in two weeks.
Vince McMahon's Limited Creative Input
Although McMahon was reported to have reviewed scripts for this week's TV events, he made no significant changes to the pre-existing plans.
This contrasts with his involvement in the show held 24 hours after WrestleMania 39, which was substantially altered after McMahon's input. It is believed that Triple H will continue to serve as the primary point of contact for backstage matters at WWE television events.
This suggests that while McMahon's presence may still be felt, it may not be as hands-on as during the post-WrestleMania 39 Raw event. The WWE and UFC merger under the Endeavor Group banner marks a significant shift in the sports entertainment landscape.
McMahon's return to oversee this merger has generated considerable interest and speculation regarding his future role in the company. He will maintain a degree of control over creative decisions, although the extent of his influence may vary from show to show.
Fans and industry insiders alike will undoubtedly keep a close eye on how this new era in WWE unfolds, as the merger with UFC and the involvement of McMahon and Triple H behind the scenes could have a lasting impact on the world of professional wrestling.
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