When I remembered that WWE was set to tape this week at their Performance Center in Orlando, I thought to myself, “self, be ready to write about reports of how it’s a mess at The PC.”
Shortly after the company announced the return of Shane McMahon, it was time!
Sportskeeda’s Gary Cassidy had it first, tweeting:
“From what I’ve been told, today’s WWE Raw is apparently ‘totally unprepared’ and chaos from the top’. Two shows are being taped, with the first is changing on the fly while the second is still apparently incomplete. That should make for interesting viewing if nothing else!
“Apparently there’s a lack of leadership & a lot of stress due to the indecisiveness. I’ve been told, ‘The shows will happen and air, but there’s no attainable goal of quality because everything is decided under the pressure cooker of it all coming down to the very last minute.’
“I should add, I’ve lost count how many consecutive weeks I’ve been told there’s chaos, multiple re-writes, etc going into RAW and SmackDown and of course the show always goes on. However, the stuff I’ve been told about what’s going on today seems even wilder than usual.
“One more exact quote. Vince’s mood is described as “volatile” as a result of the indecisiveness and chaos of today.”
Cassidy’s account of things has been backed up by others. Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT was told “you wouldn’t believe the half of it” when confirming with the report with one of his sources, and Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer just tweeted, “This is accurate. Very chaotic today,” about a write-up of Cassidy’s tweets.
After the two Raw episodes being taped today (Aug. 3), plans called for two SmackDowns to film tomorrow, followed by two NXTs on Wednesday - although we don’t usually get these stories ahead of those. Wonder why?
Buckle up everybody!