Vince McMahon was not physically at this week's WWE Raw event in Chicago, but he made an impact by making significant changes to the show remotely. According to PWInsiderElite, several female talents, including Candice LeRae, Piper Niven, Sonya Deville, Tamina, and Zelina Vega, were heavily affected by the McMahon-ordered rewrites.
LeRae and Niven were originally scheduled to appear in a segment together, presumably to advance their recent rivalry. Additionally, Adam Pearce was set to be involved in a backstage segment with several female stars, including Deville.
However, both segments were scrapped. The time was reportedly allocated to a backstage confrontation between Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair and Damage CTRL, leading to a six-woman match later in the show. Mike Johnson's report also mentioned that Tamina, who was backstage at the taping, might have had her segment cut, but he could not confirm this.
Meanwhile, Zelina Vega was backstage but did not appear alongside her LWO stablemates, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, and Joaquin Wilde, who participated in a six-man match against The Bloodline. Vega is currently in a rivalry with SmackDown Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, who was also absent from Monday's show.
Vega may have been kept off Raw due to Ripley's absence and could make an appearance on the blue brand later this week.
Continued Cuts to Female Segments
The trend of cutting segments involving female talents has become increasingly apparent.
PWInsider reported that several female wrestlers were also left off the April 17 Raw episode, which upset the talents as the changes occurred late in the day and resulted from last-minute rewrites. It remains to be seen if this pattern will continue into next week's Raw, which serves as the final event before the Backlash pay-per-view.
As the WWE Universe continues to express its concerns about the treatment of female talent, the company must address these issues and provide equal opportunities for its performers. The fans and talent alike will be watching closely to see if the situation improves in the coming weeks.