The entire McMahon family reveal their plan to shake things up on Raw and SmackDown LIVE.
After advertising that Vince McMahon would be shaking things up, a segment where the McMahon family addressed Raw’s real-life and storyline issues opened tonight’s show.
Vince came out to start the show, then introduced Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Shane McMahon. While few specifics were offered during the segment, they vowed that Raw would be changing for the better.
Stephanie said they haven’t been doing a very good job for the fans lately. She mentioned that they’ve let middle managers air their petty grievances and have been suffocating their Superstars. She said that’s all going to change starting tonight.
Triple H said the days of absentee management is over — as of now, Vince, Stephanie, Triple H, and Shane are “taking back Monday Night Raw.” Shane said that goes for SmackDown LIVE as well.
Stephanie noted that they’re going to empower their Superstars and fans, and Triple H said they’re going to give the fans what they want. “The Game” 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.
Those new faces were later confirmed to be NXT Superstars Lacey Evans, Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight), Nikki Cross, EC3 and the previously-announced Lars Sullivan, though it was not clear which brand they would be competing on.
The opening segment led to the McMahon family stacking the deck against Baron Corbin in a match where he could have become the permanent General Manager of Raw. A one-on-one match between Corbin vs. Kurt Angle resulted in Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeating Corbin in a No Disqualification Handicap Match with Heath Slater as the special guest referee.