It appears that WWE is attempting to push the envelope with worked shoot promos on their shows but some of the things said last night did not go over well with some wrestlers.
Last night on Monday Night Raw, Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch cut promos on each other to promote their Raw Women Championship match for next week’s show. Morgan blamed Lynch for the release of Ruby Soho and Sarah Logan because according to Morgan’s character, she feels that they would still be with the company if Lynch didn’t have such a big contract. Of course, that’s not accurate since WWE is making more money than ever with or without Lynch’s salary.
In another segment on the show, Edge told The Miz that he left his friend hanging so he could pursue Dancing With The Stars. While he was not mentioned by name, it was a reference to John Morrison. Edge also referenced how people on the other channel mention The Miz just to get a cheap reaction. There was also a line from The Miz about being unhappy about Edge not mentioning him among the names he wants to wrestle. That line mirrors what MJF said last week on AEW Dynamite about CM Punk not mentioning him during media interviews.
Some of the segments on last night’s show appeared to be scripted in a way to take a jab at last week’s Punk-MJF promo and to use the news about the recent WWE releases to add heat to two of their storylines.
During his WWE Raw post-show review, Sean Ross Sapp said that he’s heard from people who previously worked for WWE and one current wrestler who was not thrilled with the segments.
Sapp said, “It happened several times during this show, and I had former WWE wrestlers, former WWE producers, and a current WWE wrestler, that were all telling me how bad a taste they thought that was.”
WWE tried to generate some extra buzz last night with the worked shoot promos but based on the social media reaction, it appears that most fans realize that the wrestlers were just reciting lines given to them by the writers while the MJF/Punk segment consisted of their own material since Tony Khan does not provide scripts for wrestlers.
h/t to Ringside News for the quote.