– Vince McMahon is reportedly furious at Byron Saxton over his commentary during last Monday’s post-WrestleMania 31 RAW, according to Reddit user and former WWE backstage worker MetsFan4Ever, who has broke numerous stories in the past. The report notes that the rest of RAW after the angle with Brock Lesnar taking out Michael Cole was supposed to just be Saxton doing commentary but as we saw, Jerry Lawler was sent out to assist. Lawler was in the building due to it being the night after WrestleMania and Vince reportedly called Lawler to the gorilla position shortly before 10pm and told him to go out and “breathe life into Byron.” Despite Lawler going out to help, Vince apparently thought Saxton didn’t improve and stayed upset at him.
The report also states that Vince reportedly ignored Saxton as soon as he returned backstage. After the angle with Lesnar, Cole was said to be in the gorilla position also and tried coaching Saxton through the broadcast. There is no heat on Cole for not being able to fix things from backstage as both Vince and Kevin Dunn reportedly feel that when Saxton was given a major opportunity, he did not “grab the brass ring.” As always, some of this report should be taken as a rumor unless we hear more.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter was asked by a fan on Twitter if Vince really was upset with Saxton, mentioning the MetsFan report, and Meltzer said Vince was.
On a related note, both McMahon and Dunn are said to be very high on Renee Young right now but they want to keep her doing backstage segments and pre-shows for the time being. However, there is serious talk of bringing her to the RAW announce team sooner than later.