Vince McMahon isn’t shy about letting those around him know how he feels. McMahon, who rarely makes appearances on television, is backstage at all PPV events working the headset at “Gorilla Position”.
During this past Sunday’s Survivor Series event in Chicago, McMahon was reportedly not too pleased during the main event match between Shayna Baszler, Bayley, and Becky Lynch. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, McMahon was ‘really mad’ while the match was going on.
The match, which was heavily worked and practiced beforehand, had some awkward spots, and one story going around was Vince was so mad was relaying messages to the referee via his earpiece asking the performers to do high spots. Those within the company refute that story, indicating McMahon was only mad.
“There were a few awkward spots, surprising since the bout was heavily worked on and practiced. It got so bad that Vince McMahon was really mad about it as it was going on. There was a story going around Vince was so mad he was telling the ref high spots for them to do as the match was going on, but those in the company have only said McMahon was mad, saying he had every right to be, but said he was not sending high spots to the referee while the match was going on.” – Dave Meltzer
Shayna Baszler ended up winning the match, which was planned to make her look strong. At one point there was talk about bringing her up to RAW or SmackDown in 2020, but those plans shifted once NXT moved to USA. The company is attempting to promote NXT as a third brand, rather than a stepping stone to RAW or SmackDown.