Backstage Extreme Rules Notes: Vince McMahon Not at the Show, Match Order Changed, Randy Orton Was Hidden
November 23, 2020
— According to PWInsider, Vince McMahon was surprisingly not backstage at last night’s WWE Extreme Rules PPV but was in regular communication with officials at the show. With McMahon absent, Triple H and Billy Kidman ran the Gorilla position for the PPV.
— The entire main roster was brought in for Extreme Rules and those that weren’t booked into matches were told it was for a “meeting” of some kind, completely unaware that it was due to the fact that Hulk Hogan would be apologizing in front of everyone.
— Randy Orton was hidden in a bus until about 30 minutes before he was to make his on-camera appearance. His wife was brought to ringside shortly before the segment.
— The original plan was for the 30-minute Iron Man match between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler to open the show. , AJ Styles vs. Rusev, Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss and Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley were expected to be the last three matches to close the show. As noted, the order of matches was shifted very late in the day.