Despite announcing his retirement last July amidst an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and hush money payments, Vince McMahon is back in WWE, and his new look has everyone talking.
McMahon announced that he would be returning to the WWE Board of Directors last January in order to facilitate a sale of the company, and on April 3rd, it was announced that a deal had been signed for the company to be merged with UFC under parent company Endeavor to form a new $21+ billion corporation. Endeavor Head Ari Emmanuel will serve as CEO of the new entity while Vince McMahon is Executive Chairman of the Board. Dana White and Nick Khan will be presidents of UFC and WWE respectively.
While the news of WWE’s sale was shocking enough, Vince McMahon’s new look also got fans talking. After being spotted with a new mustache during a backstage appearance at Raw as well as at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, the world at large got a good look at McMahon’s new look when he appeared on CNBC to discuss his company’s merger with Endeavor.
John Oliver Compared Vince McMahon’s Look To “If Salvador Dali Chose To Live Without Imagination”
McMahon’s hair dye and mustache didn’t escape the view of comedian John Oliver, who roasted McMahon on his program Last Week Tonight. After comparing McMahon’s new appearance to a previous photo of him, Oliver said the hair dye and mustache look was “clearly an AI-generated response to the prompt ‘snake tycoon.” Saying he had other things to cover on the show, he started a 30 second timer to give his full thoughts on McMahon’s appearance.
“He looks like the answer to the question ‘What if Salvador Dali chose to live without imagination,'” Oliver said. “He looks like he’s about to challenge someone to a balloon race around the world. He looks like Vincent Price having an allergic reaction to being stung by bees. He looks like a circus owner from the 1930s who harasses the dancers, mistreats the animals for fun, and is eventually murdered by a lion while the whole town cheers. And sadly, that is my time.” (h/t WrestlingInc)
A clip of the segment can be seen below.
Wrestling Twitter, I present to you @iamjohnoliver mocking Vince McMahon's mustache for 1 minute and 11 seconds straight.
Media: HBO, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver pic.twitter.com/iA0aol4h5j
— David (@thedavidserras_) April 10, 2023
This is far from the first time Oliver has delved into the world of WWE, having recently taken Ted DiBiase to task over a recent welfare fraud scandal.