As hinted earlier by the reports that WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon was keeping everybody out of the loop of the CM Punk-John Cena angle at Money in the Bank, McMahon himself has been booking the angle. He was also responsible for the angle this past Monday night on RAW where Triple H told him that he was “relieved of his duties”. The WWE Creative team were unaware of where McMahon was taking the angle and were focusing on other storylines in order to keep minimum spoilers from the Cena-Punk angle leaking online.
Several WWE creative team members expressed frustration with McMahon in the week leading up to the pay-per-view and while they were very happy with the Money in the Bank PPV, they were not pleased, to say the least, about the aftermath on RAW the next night. As for the reason why they decided to go the route of Triple H taking over McMahon’s duties on-screen (as he does transition to do so in real life with McMahon still very much in charge), McMahon felt that the Punk-Cena angle wasn’t very “mainstream” and was more of an Internet phenomenon. He decided to interject the Triple H angle as a way of being assured that more eyes were watching.
As for the 3.2 rating that RAW drew Monday, McMahon was told by a top aide on Tuesday at the SmackDown! tapings and McMahon was reportedly shocked about the rating, though he didn’t express his feelings about it as has become the norm. Many had expected a much stronger rating following a much talked about PPV the night before and the aftermath of CM Punk leaving the WWE with the title and John Cena being “fired”. A source notes that next week is make or break for them and if the rating doesn’t increase again next week, they’re in trouble.