Vince McMahon has stepped back from WWE's creative process in a surprising turn of events following the merger of WWE and UFC. As reported by Fightful Select, Ari Emanuel has handed over the creative reins entirely to Paul "Triple H" Levesque.
This decision comes as part of a restructuring under the newly established TKO Group Holdings, aiming to allow McMahon and Triple H to concentrate on their respective roles. Although McMahon wasn't directing the creative team directly, insiders have said that WWE's programming often mirrored his unique vision and tastes.
This environment led many to believe that considerable pressure stemmed from his indirect influence. However, with the recent shift, insiders note a perceptible easing in the production room, likening the transformation to an "overnight" change.
The tangible difference is visible in the latest episodes of "WWE Raw." A noticeable wave of change has ushered in, with wrestlers previously overlooked now getting screen time and creative freedom. The sentiment among the team is that they no longer need to worry about facing backlash for promoting or highlighting wrestlers who weren't among McMahon's top picks.
Several sources within the WWE circle praise the renewed focus on match quality. Many attribute recent improvements to this change, highlighting bouts like Kofi Kingston vs. Ivar and the Intercontinental title face-off between GUNTHER and Bronson Reed, exemplifying the evolving standards.
Vince McMahon's Remote Control
Interestingly, McMahon, who had brushed off suggestions of being deeply involved earlier in the year, was reportedly making decisions remotely, often switching ideas or discarding storylines.
He had been physically present only once for a "Raw" episode post-WrestleMania. Among the tales shelved by McMahon was the reunion of fan-favourite tag team DIY, which has now returned to WWE TV screens in his absence. A source jokingly remarked to Fightful, "I guess he wasn't lying when he said he wasn't in the weeds.
But it seemed more like he was tending to them remotely." As numerous news platforms confirm McMahon's exit from the creative process, fans and insiders wait with bated breath. The prevailing sentiment? The recent "Raw" episodes might glimpse the future of WWE's creative direction.