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Vince McMahon's recent RAW decision is an example of lazy booking

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One of the main selling points of WWE's Payback show was Vince McMahon's announcement on which of his two children, Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon, would be going forward as the person in charge of the WWE's flagship show Monday Night RAW. 

The announcement sparked predictions of a Brand Split, a new authority figure emerging and other dream scenarios. 

In the aftermath of the pay-per-view, WWE has now been accused of lazy booking as many fans got the result that they simply didn't want.


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While a few fans wanted Shane McMahon to take over and the Authority to be written off television, a few others wanted the return of the Brand Split. Vince McMahon, however, gave us neither of those.

Instead, Vince came up with the solution of letting both of his children share the authority figure role. This is a clear and obvious attempt to continue the McMahon vs. McMahon storyline that has existed for many years.

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In the buildup to Wrestlemania 32, Shane McMahon made his intentions of wanting to control Monday Night RAW clear. It was announced that, if he could defeat The Undertaker at 'Mania, he would get an opportunity at running the show.

This stipulation became worthless on the April 4 edition of RAW when Shane McMahon was granted control of the show despite losing to 'Taker in Dallas.

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Vince did acknowledge this during the in-ring segment, however, his acknowledgement didn't seem to matter as he decided to allow Shane McMahon to continue with his running of the show, alongside Stephanie McMahon.

The Authority angle has been going on for over a year and several people thought that this would be the end of the angle.

With Stephanie McMahon still owning a fifty percent share off Monday Night RAW, it seems that the angle is not over, only that a new chapter in the feud has begun.

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The other alternative that fans appeared to like was the return of the draft split which was rumoured when a "RAW vs. WWE" show theme was leaked. While this could still happen in the near future, it made sense to do this at Payback as opposed to prolonging the story.

The Payback main event saw two false finishes with Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon trying to one-up each other changing match stipulations.

That was the first clear indicator of what we are to expect from the competing family members. Time will tell about Triple H's influence in the storyline as he is the real-life Chief Operating Officer in WWE and son-in-law of CEO Vince McMahon.


The one thing that is for sure is that we are no closer to seeing the Authority angle come to an end. The splitting of the job was the easy option when working out how to book this feud, but just because it was the easy option, it doesn't mean it was the best.

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