There has been plenty of discussion over last-minute changes for both WrestleMania 39 and the April 3rd edition of Monday Night RAW.
Although some things were set in stone for ‘Mania some time ago, other ideas were nixed or changed at the very last minute. Many fans have argued that this tendency for sudden and last-minute changes is due to Vince McMahon resuming control in the company as he had been accused of re-writing shows many times in the past.
However, it’s important to note that none of these changes can be 100% traced back to him or any one person.
In the case of WrestleMania 39, Fightful Select is reporting on several changes that ended up impacting a lot of what fans saw during WrestleMania weekend.
According to this report, there was supposed to be a segment between Bobby Lashley – who won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal – and LA Knight. However, this never took place; instead, Lashley had a short promo on the RAW after ‘Mania bemoaning this lack of a match.
Another change had to do with Shotzi’s entrance. She was originally scheduled to come in on her tank; but this too was scrapped and she had a normal entrance instead.
The changes continued into RAW, which also affected the show’s quality and led to many fan complaints. Candice LeRae and Piper Neven were supposed to appear on RAW, only for them to be removed from the show script an hour before the show went live.
There was also supposed to be a tournament to determine a #1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Championship, but it was changed to a tournament for the Women’s Tag Team Titles instead.
Finally, there was a bizarre segment involving Seth Rollins. Some fans in attendance noted that someone at ringside was giving Rollins instructions on what to do for his segment, which led to speculation that it was being changed on the fly. But according to a report from WRKD Wrestling, this was confirmed to be the originally intended direction for that segment.
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