An update has emerged on Vince McMahon’s contributions to WWE creative, with the executive chairman’s focus now revealed.
Since Vince McMahon’s return to the WWE board of directors in January, rumors have been swirling about McMahon potentially taking back creative control.
While WWE President Nick Khan previously stated that Triple H still oversees creative as the company’s chief content officer, Khan also indicated that Triple H will occasionally seek input from Vince McMahon, given McMahon’s experience.
Per Wade Keller on PWTorch, McMahon is currently focused on building WWE’s babyfaces. Noting that Triple H is more interest in building the heel roster, Keller said:
“The wrestlers who are more sympathetic or okay with or even somewhat happy with Vince returning — the wrestlers I talked to directly like Vince better but they also indicated (that) they are not alone (and) that there are people who are happy Vince is back.
“It’s natural that some wrestlers would think that they were getting a better push under Vince McMahon than Paul Levesque because every booker is gonna have their favorites that they like a little more than others and those people get a boost and others will be like, hey, I think I was in a better position under Vince.
“Some of it is just that. It’s purely based on self-interest that they were getting a better push.”
“One person I asked said they think that Vince McMahon is more focused on building strong babyfaces and Paul Levesque has more of a focus, and an interest, in building heels…”
The tournament for the new World Heavyweight Championship began on this week’s episode of Raw, and continued on SmackDown.
Following both shows, we now know that Seth Rollins and AJ Styles will face off for the new world title at Night of Champions.
Here are results from the Friday, May 12 episode of WWE SmackDown:
AJ Styles def. Edge, Rey Mysterio in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Bobby Lashley def. Austin Theory, Sheamus in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Grayson Waller appeared in a backstage segment with Adam Pearce and announced the winner of the Styles vs Lashley main event would appear on his Grayson Waller Effect talk show next week
Cameron Grimes def. Baron Corbin
Roman Reigns made his first appearance since WrestleMania 39 and said that Solo Sikoa has stepped up, but the Usos are a problem and that they embarrassed him
Paul Heyman then announced Reigns and Sikoa would be challenging Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia
Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez def. Bayley & Dakota Kai to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Former NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly made their SmackDown debut backstage, setting up a match against the Brawling Brutes for next week
Bianca Belair appeared for a ‘celebration’ in her hometown of Knoxville, but was interrupted by a returning Asuka who spat mist in Belair’s face
AJ Styles def. Bobby Lashley in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Transcription via WrestlingNews.co.
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