— When Vince McMahon appears, he tends to leave Raw looking much different than he found it. And on a night when he promised to “shake things up” on the red brand, The Chairman made his most sweeping change to the WWE landscape in years, announcing that the McMahon family — himself, Stephanie, Shane and Triple H — would collectively oversee both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE.
The move, as Stephanie explained, was a corrective to recent weeks where they had failed to listen to their audience and instead allowed petty grievances to take over. Shane’s SmackDown LIVE was included as part of the family’s plan to “empower” the Superstars and the audience. Triple H followed up with a promise to the audience that “as of now, you are The Authority,” with an additional vow to introduce new matchups and new Superstars.
Besides Mustafa Ali — who pinned WWE Champion Daniel Bryan on SmackDown LIVE — the WWE Superstar who may benefit the most from this is Finn Balor. According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter published today, the Raw Superstar is about to get a “significant push.”
“Finn Balor, after being mired in the middle, is about to get a significant push, at least for a little while,” Meltzer wrote.
— In this behind-the-scenes video, John Cena invites you onto the set of his new movie, Bumblebee, which opens in theaters on Friday.
— Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods say thank you to servicemen and servicewomen by serving them pancakes at a Denny’s in Fort Hood, Texas.