WWE is implementing several changes in its weekly programming and trying out new things on a random basis to keep the product fresh and enjoyable.
Last week on Monday Night RAW, WWE had hosted a trivia contest for kids during the commercial break. The contest centered around Superstar nicknames and a certain kid in attendance was asked to name who the Best In The World is. The young fan did come up with the right answer, but sadly that wasn’t the response WWE had wanted to hear.
Longest reigning WWE Champion of The Modern Era, CM Punk had quit the billion-dollar promotion in 2014 but fans still continue to chant his name at every arena and pay-per-view alike.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that WWE had planned a similar segment for this week’s episode of RAW and even appointed Sarah Schreiber with the task of trying out kids to ensure no further repetition of the Punk drama.
Unfortunately, WWE didn’t have enough faith in the kids who were rehearsing and decided to nix the entire segment in fears that the young fans may go off-script any time.
“Yes, in fact they were trying kids out — this was early in the show — and they were telling them what to say, but I guess nobody was following the script good enough so they just didn’t do the segment at all. Yes, they were trying to fix the kids reaction segment because they don’t trust the kids to say — like maybe they’ll bring up Chris Jericho or CM Punk.”
Ex-Superstar Chris Jericho is now a top AEW signee but the WWE Universe still loves him for all his accomplishments during his time in Vince McMahon’s promotion.
WWE clearly didn’t want a repetition of what had happened last week which is why cancelling the segment not only minimized the risk, but also proved to be “best for business.”