Brian Gewirtz weighs in on Vince McMahon returning to WWE.
During his time as a WWE writer, Brian Gewirtz worked closely with WWE’s top executives for over a decade, including Vince McMahon. Gewirtz recently appeared on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons Podcast and discussed at length his thoughts on McMahon’s apparent return to WWE.
When asked if he thinks McMahon is back simply because it’s WrestleMania season, Gewirtz provided his analysis on why that’s not likely.
“I can’t imagine. Like, I don’t know, just based on all the stuff that always happened on the fly.
Like you would come into work and then a bombshell would drop on the creative team. Like Paul Heyman and I are arguing with each other one day and then we’re called in to Vince and Stephanie’s office thinking, like, ‘Oh, we’re going to get reamed out for arguing and being unprofessional.’ And then she’s like, ‘Oh, by the way, we’re bringing back Vince Russo, and he’s going to be running the entire creative team,'” Gewirtz stated as an example.
“I don’t think it’s that sophisticated or played out. I could see Vince getting whatever advice from his legal team saying, ‘Yeah, now’s the time to come back to negotiate the sale.’ If you told me he was looking over all the scripts and giving feedback to Triple H and Triple H only, I’d believe it.” Gewirtz added, “If you told me, ‘Yeah, he’s under strict, strict orders and self-imposed orders to not interfere and to strictly do it from a business sense,’ I would say, ‘Yeah, okay, I believe that too.’ I don’t think the planning is that sophisticated to come back during WrestleMania season and have it play out. I think it just happened. My personal opinion is things just happen.
“He’s never cared about like the quote-unquote internet opinion or the gossip and the hearsay. Even if the ‘Triple H era’ is universally praised and what have you, he’s going to think about it the way he thinks about it.”
Gewirtz then recalled post-Raw meetings they would have late at night where McMahon would review the show segment by segment and they were would hear opinions from network executives. At the end of the day, though, no one could change McMahon’s opinion, which is one of the primary reasons why it took so long for Daniel Bryan to reach the main event scene.
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