Vince McMahon Makes Significant Changes To WWE SmackDown, Several Talent Frustrated

If fans thought Vince McMahon being back around creative only meant changes to "WWE Raw," they would be wrong. According to Fightful Select, the Executive Chairman made "significant changes" to Friday night's episode of "WWE SmackDown."

The changes were apparently so drastic that one person backstage reportedly asked, "Did Smackdown get Vinced?" Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp confirmed as much Friday night, tweeting "Smackdown got Vinced tonight. A lot of changes."

Multiple matches that were promoted ahead of Friday night's episode were either adjusted or cut outright, leaving plenty of talent frustrated. One of the matches affected was the previously promoted triple threat match between LA Knight, Santos Escobar, and Butch. Instead, Knight vs. Rey Mysterio kicked off the in-ring action in a singles match, with Knight picking up a clean win over the WWE Hall of Famer. Additionally, the planned match between Bayley and Shotzi for Bayley's spot in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match, which was set up and announced last week via a backstage segment, was apparently cut from the show entirely, as it neither occurred nor was mentioned on the broadcast. An announced match between Baron Corbin and Cameron Grimes likewise failed to take place.