After advertising that Vince McMahon would be shaking things up, a segment where the McMahon family addressed Raw’s real-life and storyline issues opened tonight’s episode.
Vince came out to start the show, then introduced Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, and Shane McMahon. While few specifics were offered during the segment, they vowed that Raw would be changing for the better.
Stephanie said they haven’t been doing a very good job for the fans lately and haven’t been listening to their audience. She mentioned that they’ve let middle managers air their petty grievances and have been suffocating their “superstars.” She said that’s all going to change starting tonight.
Triple H said the days of absentee management is over — as of now, Vince, Stephanie, Triple H, and Shane are “taking back Monday Night Raw.” Shane said that goes for SmackDown as well.
Stephanie noted that they’re going to empower their wrestlers and fans, and Triple H said they’re going to give the fans what they want. He said they’re going to give the audience something new and fresh, promising that the fans will see new wrestlers and matchups in the coming weeks and months. Triple H said the fans are now the authority.
Later in the show, it was announced that Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, EC3, Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight), and Nikki Cross will be coming up to the main roster.
The opening segment led to the McMahon family stacking the deck against Baron Corbin in a match where he could have become the permanent on-screen general manager of Raw. Corbin vs. Kurt Angle became Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable defeating Corbin in a no disqualification match with Heath Slater as the referee.