Better late than never? Whether you like him or not, there is no one in the history of wrestling who has been more influential and more successful than Vince McMahon. It’s true that he has had better stretches over his career the his current on, but that does not take away from what he has done before. McMahon is still the king of the industry and it’s going to be a game changer when he is gone. We almost got a preview of that this week.

One of the good things about modern WWE is that there are several names backstage who can run things should McMahon not be there. With so many people in the pecking order, there are enough people to keep things running well enough in McMahon’s absence. While that might not be good enough later, it is working at the moment and that was nearly the case again on Monday.

According to, McMahon arrived at the show only a few minutes before it went on the air live in Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to McMahon arriving, Michael Hayes was producing the matches while Paul Heyman and Vice President of Global Television Production Michael Mansury were running the show. Triple H and Kevin Dunn were not present at the show, and there is no word on why they were absent or why McMahon was late.

This is the kind of thing that happened on a show with less McMahon influence. Check out one of the biggest angles from the week:


Opinion: I know it’s going to cause chaos when it happens, but WWE needs to know what they are going to do when McMahon is gone. That is going to change everything in WWE and there is almost no way of knowing just how bad it is going to be. Maybe it can help in some ways, but I can’t buy the idea that McMahon being gone is going to solve more problems than it creates. Having people like this ready to go helps though, and at least the place isn’t going nuts without him being there all day.

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Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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