As previously noted, Finn Balor attacked world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins as Rollins was set to compete in his open challenge match during the June 19th 2023 edition of WWE RAW. This was reportedly a late change to the show made by Vince McMahon.
According to Fightful Select, Tommaso Ciampa was originally scheduled to make his return by answering Rollins’ open challenge. Fightful stated that the match was scheduled to get a lot of time but plans changed multiple times in the days prior to RAW and then a few hours before the show.
Fightful also wrote the following…
“We’re told that the move was a Vince McMahon move and all of those originally planned for the match wanted the match to go through as planned. We haven’t heard that it was so Ciampa wouldn’t lose his first match back, as there was a plan in order that would have been a non-finish.”
Sean Ross Sapp tweeted that he “heard of a lot of frustration surrounding this particular move.” Ciampa ended up defeating The Miz in his return match.