— According to a report at Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE’s women wrestlers – specifically those on Raw – were not told about the details of Stephanie McMahon’s announcement until she actually revealed it on TV.
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— There were two main reasons why WWE chose not to reveal those specifics to the wrestlers, the first being because they did not want the news leaking out before the announcement. To that end, the company also kept the information away from many members of the productions staff and reportedly, only a few officials knew about it. The second reason is that WWE officials wanted to capture the women’s genuine reactions to the revelation.
— From what we understand based on one source, the ladies were told that Stephanie McMahon would be making an announcement, but no further details were given.