The following is an excerpt from a new blog by former WWE creative team member Dave Lagana:
The moment between Bastista and Cena lead to an appearance from Mr. McMahon. This was supposed to be Batistaâ€™s night. Speculation has it that Batista had his bell rung by a punch by Cena and when he went to throw out Cena, they both tumbled to the floor causing chaos. The PPV time window was expiring quickly. There was a call for either Eric Bischoff or Teddy Long, the respective GMs, to go out and restart the match but due to the size of the arena in Fresno they were not close enough. Vince McMahon got up from the production table where he had sat for nearly three hours.
We all had stopped and looked at the screen not knowing what had happened; I donâ€™t think we were alone with anyone watching that day. He hadnâ€™t stretched, he hadnâ€™t warmed up. And here he sat in the middle of the ring; the main event of Wrestlemania hanging in the balance and time ticking down on the broadcast. From that position, Vince McMahon was able to render his decision for the live house and restart the match. Batista quickly threw Cena out of the ring to make sure the audience at home saw the conclusion. But what the audience didnâ€™t see was Vince McMahon, full of pride, walk to backstage area.
Vince had torn both of his quads and in an instant was gone from the on-site WWE creative process. Stephanie McMahon, with no warning and her mind on her father, had to jump right in. The next day, we produced the first WWE Supershow without him and then boarded a plane to Japan where WWE taped television for the first time ever. It was the fast-forward button on a time when WWE would exist without Vince McMahon. Six years later, people still speculate when that will be and what will happen.
The Royal Rumble can truly change the course for the WWE. Iâ€™m excited to watch the event on Sunday. Iâ€™d love to hear more examples of Rumbles in the past that changed the course of WWE.
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