Anything can happen in WWE, being a live broadcast. RAW has been subject to a lot of criticism from fans over the past month due to poor booking, mediocre matches and bad promos. In the end, it is Vince McMahon’s show and so he has the last say in anything.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned that Vince McMahon changed plans for RAW at the last minute, this week. He revealed it was due to President George H. W. Bush’s passing. This is what he said:
“Like last week, this weeks’ Raw was completely re-written by Vince at the last minute. He didn’t even show up until 3:30 because he was visiting with his mom. So he got there at 3:30 central time so the show would start at 7:00 pm central time. So he got there three and a half hours before the show and he shows up and basic gist of everything is that his feeling was that, ‘We’re in Houston Texas, President Bush just died and people are gonna be in a somber mood so we’re gonna have to make them happy.’”
“So that’s why Finn Balor did what he did […] he got to win his match. Ronda Rousey stood tall at the end of the show. He made whole-scale changes from what the original script was for more happiness.”
“I was just told that babyfaces did much better because Vince felt they had to do it that night and just felt you know, he had to give the people a show they would go home happy on because he just expected that those people were going through a tough time with Bush passing away.”
Hopefully, Vince McMahon actually starts considering the fans’ feelings more often now and starts giving better shows.
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h/t to Ringside News for the transcription.