Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews and Dolph Ziggler all landed big wins on WWE television this week. Balor and Ziggler’s wins in particular lead to theories being floated online that someone other than Vince McMahon may have been behind the booking decisions. One name that came up in speculation was Triple H, who is in charge of the NXT brand. Banks, Balor and Crews all spent several years working in NXT.
Dave Meltzer shed some light on the situation on Wednesday, reporting that none other than WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was behind deciding the winners of the #1 contendership matches on RAW and SmackDown this week. Meltzer confirmed that Vince is still ultimately in control of what we see on WWE TV each week.
Balor defeated Roman Reigns cleanly on RAW to earn a spot in a match against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam for the new RAW-branded Universal Title, while Dolph Ziggler won a six-man match on SmackDown to get a shot at Dean Ambrose’s World Heavyweight Title. This week’s RAW also saw Sasha Banks defeat Charlotte to obtain the Women’s Title.