Why Vince McMahon’s Appearance Tonight Is A Sign Of Desperation, Dolph Ziggler Prepares To Face Finn Balor

Mr. McMahon

— One week after Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins placed the blame for Monday Night Raw’s recent decline squarely on the shoulders of “General Manager-Elect” Baron Corbin, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon will return to the red brand tonight to “shake things up.”

According to WrestleVotes, McMahon’s appearance tonight is seen as a sign of desperation since he really doesn’t to appear on TV.

“Tonight’s Vince McMahon angle is legitimately intriguing. I’ve heard Vince really didn’t want to come back to TV, so this shows signs of desperation. Is he really going to hit the “reset” button? Not sure, but RAW is in need of a facelift either way.”

Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer has said over the years that McMahon considers himself too old to appear on television on a regular basis. McMahon, who is 73 years old, stopped appearing regularly in 2010.

— WWE has only announced one match for Raw tonight as Finn Balor will go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler.

Balor defeated Drew McIntyre last night at WWE TLC, with Ziggler playing a part in the story of the match. Ziggler ambushed McIntyre and superkicked him on the outside while the referee wasn’t looking. McIntyre then stopped Ziggler from hitting him with a chair. While McIntyre was focused on Ziggler, Balor gave McIntyre a dropkick and hit the Coup de Grace for the win.

There was a backstage segment later in the show where Ziggler interrupted Balor during an interview. Ziggler insulted Balor and attacked him as they argued over why Ziggler got involved in Balor’s match.

While recapping his actions at TLC, Ziggler looks ahead to his match tonight in this backstage interview.