There was talk going into last night’s WWE SmackDown from Buffalo that Triple H would be running the show due to the travel debacle coming out of Saudi Arabia. Vince McMahon and his crew left the Kingdom on his own plane before things got bad, but it was still being reported that Triple H would be in charge at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
While Triple H was a “key driver” in the WWE NXT Superstar segments, this was “a Vince show” as usual, according to Dave Meltzer on Twitter. Meltzer noted that Triple H came up with the main strategy but Vince approved it, just like he approves it every week.
It was also noted that Vince re-wrote and re-booked the show when it was confirmed that top SmackDown Superstars would be missing the show, and that NXT Superstars would need to be flown in from Florida.