Last week’s WWE Raw & SmackDown were cancelled after Paul Levesque tested positive for COVID-19. Despite the fact that he was said to be fine, COVID protocols required him to avoid close personal contact. The October 17 episode of Raw was Levesque’s first missed show as of taking over as WWE’s creative director. Brian “Road Dogg” James, Senior Vice President of Live Events, was the point person backstage during the last Monday’s Raw.
Although he’s not present physically, Levesque was constantly on top of his responsibilities, communicating with production companies and crew to make sure everything was in order. Furthermore, much of the planning for both shows was done the night before Raw & SmackDown. However, there appears to be some good news regarding WWE’s Chief Content Officer. According to reports, Levesque will return to the helm of Raw on Monday night. The event is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature Bianca Belair vs. Bayley, as well as a fight among Finn Balor & Karl Anderson.
Belair & Bayley’s final match
The former has indeed been heavily promoted in recent weeks, suggesting that this is Belair & Bayley’s final match, at least for the time being. With over two weeks till the Crown Jewel, Raw intends to keep building towards the match among Brock Lesnar & Bobby Lashley whereas potentially adding to the card. Last week’s show saw Mustafa Ali challenge Seth Rollins for the US Championship, so we’ll see how that goes.
In an interview, Paul Triple H Levesque admitted that his wrestling days are over due to the defibrillator in his chest. But he revealed that an idea to have him as an active figure in WrestleMania 38 was raised back in April. He recalled, I was going to do something with Gable Stevenson and try to get him launched and going. I was like, Okay, when they told me.
He also revealed that Vince McMahon approached him about being a part of WrestleMania, telling him, I need the attraction, you can do what you desire. However, Levesque’s wife, Stephanie McMahon, has been less enthusiastic about his involvement in WrestleMania 38, and plans to have him in front of the viewer with Stevenson never progressed beyond the concept stage. Nevertheless, Levesque was upbeat about no longer being in the spotlight.