A former WWE Superstar has made it very clear how they felt about Chairman Vince McMahon appearing on SmackDown despite misconduct allegations.
Vince McMahon is being investigated by WWE’s Board of Directors over a $3 million payment made to a former company employee that McMahon is alleged to have had a physical relationship with.
The investigation has also uncovered what is said to be millions of dollars worth of previous payments related to non-disclosure agreements signed by ex-company employees that have levelled accusations of misconduct at McMahon and Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.
On the 17th of June WWE announced that Vince McMahon was to temporarily step back as company Chairman and CEO while the investigation is carried out with his daughter Stephanie McMahon announced as his replacement.
It came as a surprise to many that after that news broke that the company announced that Vince McMahon was to appear on Friday Night SmackDown. Amid rumours that McMahon’s appearance would be in character, former WWE star Maria Kanellis took to social media where she slammed the company’s “culture of fear and abuse of power”:
“Isn’t this disrespectful to the women hurt in this situation? It’s not a joke. WWE’s company culture of fear and abuse of power is not a joke.”
Maria Kanellis has previously discussed her experiences with McMahon’s company, claiming that the sports entertainment giant spread false rumours about her.