Vince McMahon made a rare trip down to Orlando.
Fightful Select reported the following, noting that the WWE Chairman appeared at the WWE Performance Center last week.
We've seen Karrion Kross, Scarlett, Shotzi Blackheart and Bronson Reed all appear at Raw and Smackdown in recent weeks for dark matches or Main Event tapings. We're told this is a part of a major scouting effort to replenish the WWE main roster that has been hit with releases and repeat booking in recent months. In addition to that, this major scouting effort has led to influential names in the company personally coming to the Performance Center to scout talent, with Vince McMahon being scheduled to be there this past week, with Thursday being the date Fightful was told. Recent weeks also saw Bruce Prichard and Johnny Ace make the trip to Orlando to scout talent, which was done at WWE PC Live events -- in house events not open to the public.
Vince McMahon did end up making his planned trip to the WWE Performance Center on Thursday, as Fightful had originally reported, but he wasn't alone. PWInsider also noted Nick Khan, Bruce Prichard and Johnny Ace were there, though we've not confirmed that ourselves.
We have heard from several at the WWE Performance Center however, many of whom were extremely nervous about Vince McMahon's arrival there this week. Given the cuts, several wrestlers were fearful they'd be on the chopping block if their "first impression" was a bad one on McMahon. However, we're told that most talent didn't see Vince McMahon very much and only even caught a short glimpse of him there. A couple of wrestlers that we talk to say they even made themselves nervous for no reason, or at least no reason on the surface.
Not all NXT and Performance Center talent was required to be at the PC Thursday, so some didn't have any idea of what was going on. Several of those that were there said they were really relieved when they realized they were just training as usually. One person who has been at the Performance Center the last few years said that before Thursday they'd never seen Vince McMahon around the PC outside of Raw, Smackdown and PPV tapings during the pandemic
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