Despite announcing his retirement from WWE, Vince McMahon won’t be completely gone from the company according to Bobby Lashley.
The wrestling world was changed forever on July 22nd when Vince McMahon announced that he would be retiring from WWE. The announcement came amidst an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and hush money payments.
In the wake of his retirement, Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie McMahon was named co-CEO of the company alongside Nick Khan.
However, according to former WWE and current United States Champion Bobby Lashley, Vince McMahon’s presence will still be felt in the company post-retirement. Speaking to ESPN, Lashley expressed his belief that McMahon isn’t entirely gone, rather giving other people opportunities.
“It’s not like Vince isn’t going to be there anymore. He’s not going to just let his baby that he’s grown to this level just falter. So, he’s still going to be there. He’s just giving other people opportunities to keep pressing on.”
Lashley’s comments seem to contradict a previous report that all references to the former WWE CEO have been removed backstage.
The United States Champion also spoke about new co-CEO Stephanie McMahon and her husband Triple H, who was recently named Executive Vice President of Talent Relations as well as head of WWE creative.
“Stephanie, she’s been in the business her whole entire life, so it’s not like she doesn’t know. … And look what he did with NXT; that’s a big thing Triple H did. So he’s just going to take that same mentality and same philosophy, building stars, bring it up to the main roster, which is cool. It’s going to be refreshing.”
After winning both a triple threat match and a singles bout against AJ Styles on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw, Ciampa earned his way to be the next contender for Bobby Lashley’s United States Championship.