Vince McMahon shocked the world when he announced his retirement last July amidst an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and hush money payments.
In the wake of his retirement, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan were named co-CEO’s of the company while Triple H took over both talent relations and creative operations as Chief Content Officer.
However, Vince McMahon‘s departure was short-lived, and in early January, he announced that he was electing himself back to the Board of Directors in order to facilitate a sale of the company. Days later, Stephanie McMahon announced her resignation, leaving Nick Khan as sole CEO.
Since Vince’s return, the company has remained adamant that he is not back in any capacity besides the business role he’ll play in the company’s impending sale. However, talent have expressed concerns about “red flags” indicating he may be gaining more influence. He was backstage at Monday Night Raw in early March, and while he wasn’t there in any “official” capacity, reports indicated that he was “doing more than they’re letting on.”
One reported reason for McMahon’s visit to Raw was the return of John Cena, who was confronted by Austin Theory on the show to set up a bout between the two men at WrestleMania.
Vince McMahon Reportedly More Involved At WrestleMania 39
A recent SEC filing revealed that McMahon had signed a new contract with WWE and would remain Executive Chairman for two years.
Ahead of WrestleMania 39, it was reported that McMahon would once again be backstage as WWE put on its biggest show of the year.
According to a new report from PWInsider Elite, McMahon had his own office inside SoFi Stadium, and the office was directly next to Gorilla position. The report notes that he was supervising the show, even being heard on headsets early in the show, giving feedback as well as asking questions. He was reportedly much more involved than he was during his visit to the March 6th episode of Raw and was not just visiting.
The blockbuster event saw plenty of thrills, with Rhea Ripley defeating Charlotte Flair to become SmackDown Women’s Champion and Rey Mysterio defeating his son Dominik. Austin Theory was able to upset John Cena and retain his United States Championship, and Seth Rollins was victorious over Logan Paul. In the main event, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens dethroned The Usos to end their record-breaking reign and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
Check out Inside the Ropes’ coverage of night one here!