Vince McMahon was not backstage at Tuesday night’s WWE SmackDown! Live TV tapings. According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, McMahon was not at the show. With that being said, he reviewed the script on the phone with people backstage. He was still on the phone with producers and creative writers an hour before for the show began. He was also on the phone constantly during the show.
Triple H worked the Gorilla position and Bruce Prichard presented the show to the producers/agents backstage.
Also, Eric Bischoff was not at the SmackDown! Live TV tapings this week. There were some people backstage who were questioning why he wasn’t there to at least watch how things are currently done before he takes over next week.
As of this writing, Ryan Ward is still the lead writer for SmackDown! Live and will remain so unless Bischoff tries to make a change. Bischoff moved to Stamford, CT on Thursday to begin his Executive Creative role.