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Who Could Replace Vince McMahon In WWE?

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon earnings

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is currently facing the biggest threat to his leadership of the company since the steroid trial in the early 1990’s.

On June 15th news broke that Vince McMahon was being investigated by WWE’s board of directors over allegations that he paid $3 million to a former employee with whom he had previously had an affair.

The report from the Wall Street Journal, noted that the board began investigating the claims back in April. The allegations centre on McMahon’s hiring of an unnamed woman as a paralegal in 2019. Anonymous emails suggest that McMahon gave the woman a pay increase from $100,000 to $200,000 after beginning a physical relationship with her.

The Journal’s report continues to say that the board’s investigation has also unearthed older non-disclosure agreements that surround claims of misconduct made by other former female WWE employees that involve both Vince McMahon and WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.

It has since been announced that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has stepped back from his from his responsibilities as CEO and Chairman of the Board. While The Special Committee has appointed Stephanie McMahon to serve as interim CEO and interim Chairwoman.

So should Vince McMahon leave his position at the top of the WWE tree, either through being removed, or stepping away on his own, who might replace him?

Triple H

Triple H

On June 14th 2022 it would have seemed unthinkable that Triple H would be next in line to take over the WWE ship.

For many years the widely accepted “Vince McMahon succession plan” was that Triple H was being groomed for the role. If and when Vince decided to step down, or was no longer around to run the company, Triple H would step into the void and take over alongside his wife Stephanie. This would keep WWE in the McMahon family, and leave the company with someone steeped in WWE traditions. Furthermore, he has experience working as an executive already, and effectively ran NXT for a number of years.

However, following his cardiac event in September 2021, it appears that The Game slid down the totem pole. Many of ‘his people’ have been removed from the company and NXT is a completely different brand to the one he left behind. Since returning to work, Triple H is operating in a vastly different role, and his recent health issues would suggest that taking on such a highly stressful job might not be the smartest idea.

But with Vince out of the way, it wouldn’t be out of question for the company to turn to a man who has been there for decades and was once being prepared to take over.

Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie McMahon

In a similar way to her husband, following news that Stephanie would be taking a leave of absence, it seemed unthinkable that she could be next in line for the WWE throne. But with the reports that she would have been aware of this investigation before stepping away, her exit (presumably temporary) could be looked at in a different light.

Even while she’s away from the company, Stephanie retains a position on the board of directors, and it’s possible she simply chose to remove herself from what is a very messy situation.

With that being said, Stephanie has significant experience in running the creative department, as well as in executive roles. When she returns to the company, it would be a fairly logical solution to have her take over her father’s role.

While Stephanie McMahon has been confirmed as interim CEO and interim Chairwoman, it remains to be seen whether she will remain in place for the long term.

Bruce Prichard

Bruce Prichard

Bruce Prichard might not be the obvious candidate when looking from a real world perspective, but on paper, he could make a strong case.

Prichard began working for WWE in the late 1980’s, and although he has worked elsewhere in the meantime, he was heavily involved backstage through the 1990’s and the early 2000’s boom period, only leaving in 2008.

The former Brother Love returned to the fold in 2019 and began working with the creative team. He’s currently working as Executive Director, where he oversees creative for both Raw and SmackDown. More importantly, it means he’s Vince McMahon’s right hand man.

It’s often been said that Prichard is the most powerful person not named “McMahon” within the company, so a move into the vacated ‘big chair’ wouldn’t be unthinkable.

However, Prichard has had his own well documented health issues, and at 59-years-of-age, his advancing years may also count against him.

Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett is a more than slightly left-field candidate, but since when did WWE start operating logically?

The former Intercontinental Champion has worked on-and-off for WWE for years, including recently returning to become Senior Vice President of Live Events.

Jarrett had returned to WWE in January 2019 as a producer, with that role quickly seeing Jarrett promoted to being a full-time member of WWE’s creative team before he quietly departed the company in the summer of 2021.

Should the WWE hierarchy want to think outside the box for Vince McMahon’s successor, Jarrett quickly becomes a viable person of interest. He has previous executive experience from his work with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling as well as the ill-fated Global Force Wrestling promotion. In addition, his father was a huge figure in wrestling’s past as part of the NWA, heading up the USWA, as well as founding the CWA.

Could the top position in WWE be the final destination for the ‘King of The Mountain?’

Nick Khan

Nick Khan, WWE President

“The name on the contract does say Khan… but it says…”

Sadly a situation where AEW President Tony Khan swoops in to take control of WWE is a little bit too much of a stretch for this list. But, current WWE President Nick Khan does seem in perfect position to take the reigns.

Khan only joined WWE in August 2020 as President and Chief Revenue Officer but has already made waves in the organisation. He has been widely credited with the recent backstage restructuring as well as being the man behind recent budget cuts.

Even as recently as December 2021, Khan was tipped as being the most likely option to take over WWE, should Vince McMahon step away. He already holds significant power within the company, despite his relatively short tenure, making him odds on favourite to become the ‘Next Vince McMahon.’