What's the story?
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is known for many things. He is known for being controversial and whimsical, but most of all he is known for being stubborn.
The Attitude Era and the Ruthless Aggression Era were different times in the history of the company when WWE Superstars were allowed to cut unscripted promos. However, that changed in the years that followed, with WWE Superstars required to cut promos that had been written by the writers in the back word for word.
There have been very few exceptions, and Summer Rae revealed in a recent interview, why she was allowed to cut a promo on WWE RAW which she herself had written.
In case you didn't know...
When it comes to scripted promos, WWE has become very strict with the WWE Superstars not allowed to vary from their given scripts. As was revealed recently, former WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns was made to say 'suffering succotash' for that very reason.
In fact, a WWE backstage interviewer, Dasha Fuentes, was fired by the company for varying from the script that had been handed to her by one word. Thus, anyone cutting their own promo would need express permission from WWE authority figures backstage.
The heart of the matter
In an interview with Ring the Belle (h/t Wrestling Inc) recently, Summer Rae talked about some of her favourite moments in WWE. She recalled her favourite moment came when she was allowed to cut her own promo in the company.
Back in 2015, Summer Rae was involved in a feud where she was romantically involved with Rusev, with Lana on the fringes. However, Lana put out a picture on Instagram, where she had announced her engagement to real-life partner, Rusev. This was popularised by TMZ and led to it becoming common knowledge and putting a damper on the entire segment.
In the previous week, Summer Rae had proposed to Rusev, but on the 12th of October, after Rusev was defeated by Ryback, she cut a promo on him. According to her, this promo was written by her with the express authority of the WWE management. Vince McMahon, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon all felt that she had been hurt the worst by the news of the engagement leaking, and gave her a chance to use it to gain some heat. She said that all three members of the McMahon family loved the promo as well.
"Higher powers were very upset [the storyline had to be dropped]. They thought I was the one that would suffer most from this. So they just were like, 'you know it's not fair. Would you like to write your own promo?' I'm really proud of it. I wrote the whole thing, and it was easy to memorize because I wrote it. And I loved it. When I went in the back, it was like standing ovations. Stephanie, Vince, and definitely Armstrong, like everyone was back there. Everyone's standing and I was proud of it. Stephanie even came out to me, and she was like, 'That was a slap, girl!"
She grabbed it with both hands, taking advantage and cutting a brilliant promo on Rusev. You can see the excellent promo here:
She gave Rusev no time to recover from his loss, before diving into the heart of the matter.
Summer Rae is no longer a part of WWE, however, she revealed that if she returned to wrestling again, it would be in Chicago.
Coincidentally, Chicago is also where AEW: All Out is taking place at the end of August.Published 10 Jun 2019, 20:00 IST