The opening segment on this week’s Friday Night SmackDown received a lot of negative feedback from fans on social media but those kinds of segments are not going away anytime soon.
In fact, I’m told that Vince McMahon was “howling” with laughter backstage and loved everything about the segment. Others in the company were not a fan of the segment but they are not going to express those thoughts to McMahon.
One WWE source told me: “Remember, the writers are trying to make Vince happy. If he’s happy then it means that jobs are safe. Vince has always been a fan of segments that parody his wrestlers. As long as Vince is around, you will always see segments like that one.”
I was also told that McMahon thought that Baron Corbin has done a lot to improve and loves what he is doing. In addition to his role at Survivor Series, Corbin is scheduled to wrestle Reigns next month in one of the top matches at the TLC pay-per-view.
Parody segments have been a big part of WWE programming since the late 90s. The first one on Raw happened in late 1997 when Shawn Michaels and Triple H brought out a little person out to the ring dressed as Bret Hart. This was a couple of weeks after the Montreal Screwjob. In 1998, D-Generation X parodied the Nation of Domination and they did a later skit that parodied Vince McMahon’s Corporation stable. As long as McMahon is in charge of the company, you can see more parody/heavy “comedy” segments on WWE television.
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