Former WWE Champion shares his thoughts on Vince McMahon’s recent decision to retire.
On the 22nd of July, the wrestling landscape seemingly changed forever when Vince McMahon announced his retirement from WWE. The announcement came amid investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct and hush money payments levelled at the WWE Chairman.
In the aftermath of McMahon’s shock announcement, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan were appointed as co-CEOs of the company, and Triple H was confirmed as Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Head of Creative.
Whilst the consensus amongst the majority of wrestling fans appears to be that this is a positive move for the product moving forward, WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam is not so keen on the idea of Vince not being around.
In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, RVD said:
“I don’t like Vince being gone, but if it’s better for business then that’s awesome. I know that a lot of people don’t feel the way that I do about it, you know, but I feel, I feel more like, I probably lost, you know, one of my only people, I can imagine stopping by to wanna say hello to there.”
The fallout from the allegations against Vince McMahon continues with WWE recently revealing that they have uncovered further personal payments made by McMahon, increasing the total monies paid to an eye-watering $19.6 million.
Furthermore, it was reported on August 8th that former Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis had been fired.
Laurinaitis is being investigated by WWE’s Board of Directors regarding a “$1.5 million nondisclosure agreement reached in 2012 with an employee.” Laurinaitis stepped down from his role as Head of Talent Relations at around the same time that the deal with the employee was reached. It is alleged that Laurinaitis demoted the woman after she ended their affair.