The biggest surprise of 2023 thus far was definitely Vince McMahon’s ascension to power. With a lot on the line, McMahon bullied his way back into WWE and started the sale. Although at first it was claimed that McMahon had little input with the Creative, individuals soon realized that he is a creature of habit. McMahon was seen running Raw after WrestleMania from the gorilla position after Endeavor acquired control of WWE.
According to a recent source, Backlash was supposed to have the WWE chairman in attendance. Vince McMahon was going to appear backstage at Backlash, Rick Bassman revealed in an interview with Nick Hausman of the Haus of Wrestling. Former Disney executive Rick Bassman has extensive knowledge of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Vince Mc Mahon Was Expected to Be Present at Backlash 2023 in Puerto Rico
Bassman talked about how he ended up going to Backlash in Puerto Rico during the conversation. He was once questioned if he had ever met Vince McMahon backstage. He claimed that Mr. McMahon wasn’t there, but that he had sent him an email saying he would be there. Bassman, though, got to know the company’s top performers.
I'll be releasing my interview with Rick Bassman on the Haus of Wrestling podcast feed tomorrow at 7 am EST.
Rick was backstage at #WWEBacklash and candidly discusses the experience. He also reveals some Sting and Goldberg news that I am sure will be aggregated.
Tune in! pic.twitter.com/7ImS84Jesd
— Nick Hausman (@Nick_Hausman) May 9, 2023
No, he wasn t there, he revealed. But I got a really nice email from him Saturday morning saying, Hey, I m not going to make it. But let s, you know, I ll talk to the guys after the meeting. And we ll continue on from there.
I did wind up meeting with the top guys in the company after events. But he was initially scheduled to be part of that, yes.
It’s important to note that Vince watches the WWE events from a distance. Bassman also described the duties of his new position. For a business that creates hyper-real synthetic media, he manages all relationships with the entertainment and sports industries.
The name of Bassman’s business is Metaphysic. The software giant’s partnership with WWE is what led Bassman to attend Backlash.
I run all entertainment and sports industry relations for a company that does hyper-real synthetic media, which is often known as the dark, nefarious, deep fake.
And we ve got a really cool activation potential underway with WWE. So we were there meeting with the top brass about that.
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WWE Backlash 2023 Was the Most Successful Event in The History of Backlash
Matches that Were Filled with Action Abound at WWE Backlash. Two Primary Events Made up The Festival. Bad Bunny and Damien Priest Engaged in A Street Brawl that Lasted the First Half of The Main Event. During the Second Main Event, Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes Competed.
#WWE Press Release
WWE DELIVERS RECORD-BREAKING BACKLASH IN PUERTO RICO
STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 2023 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Backlash®, which emanated from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, became WWE’s highest-grossing… pic.twitter.com/WcscTKRL4L
— Big Gold Belt Media (@BigGoldBelt) May 8, 2023
WWE reported that there was a 28% increase in viewership for the event. This caused the event’s viewership to surpass that of Backlash 2022. 17,944 fans attended the sold-out performance. The event also featured the biggest gate for a WWE show ever staged in Puerto Rico.