Vince McMahon wasn't at WWE's SmackDown Live tapings this week, but this didn't mean he didn't have a heavy influence on the show, according to reports.
McMahon has missed the past couple of tapings of both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. Last week, he missed the shows as he was preparing for the major XFL team announcements.
According to Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline.com, via NoDQ, the WWE boss missed last night's blue brand show too either, but his impact on the show was felt.
McMahon was said to be involved in the creative process for SmackDown this week and was on the phone to discuss the script prior to the show taking place.
According to Dave Meltzer, Vince was 'tearing up' the script for the show, meaning SmackDown this week was heavily McMahon influenced show.
- Orton's SmackDown promo was a Roddy Piper throwback
- Fiend advertised for Universal title match at Hell in a Cell
- AJ Styles will retire once current WWE deal expires
It's unclear what McMahon changed around on SmackDown, but some reports are saying the Shelton Benjamin vs Chad Gable King of the Ring match was originally slated to go much longer.
SmackDown had it's good and bad segments this week. Randy Orton's opening promo and Ali vs Buddy Murphy were two highlights of the show.
However, the final segment of the show between Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and Rowan didn't make much sense, and it didn't go down well with many fans watching.
The past few weeks of Raw and SmackDown without Vince backstage have been okay, but not the best shows WWE has ever produced.
Progress is being made towards matches at Clash of Champions next month, but some of the booking decisions WWE has made, such as Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler teaming up and becoming Raw Tag Team title number one contenders, have been questionable.
We'll have to wait until the TV ratings are released to get a real feel as to how well this heavily McMahon influenced edition of SmackDown has done.News Now - Sport News