Per Dave Meltzer, last night’s SmackDown was still a Vince McMahon show despite him not being backstage in Buffalo.
As expected based on the NXT invasion, Triple H was a “key driver” in the booking, but everything was still approved by Vince in the end.
Speaking of the NXT stars, John Pollock is reporting that their charter plane from Florida made it to Buffalo right before the show started. They had a police escort to get them to the building as Shayna Baszler was the first to appear in the third segment.
Was told the NXT charter didn't land until 7:55 pm and they had a police escort to get them to the building.
One person I spoke with added they could not have cut it any closer to get everyone in place for the third segment when Shayna Baszler made her appearance.
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) November 2, 2019