With Stephanie McMahon stepping back from her duties in WWE for the time being, a new report suggests “high-level people” have been talking ill of McMahon.
On May 19th Stephanie McMahon announced that she is taking a leave of absence from WWE. In a short statement posted on social media, McMahon said that she would be stepping away from “the majority” of her responsibilities with the company:
“As of tomorrow, I am taking a leave of absence from the majority of my responsibilities at WWE. WWE is a lifelong legacy for me and I look forward to returning to the company that I love after taking this time to focus on my family.”
Following the announcement from WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, it was revealed that WWE President Nick Khan would be taking over many of Stephanie McMahon’s duties in her absence.
Speaking on We’re Live, Pal, Andrew Zarian detailed a “bizarre conversation” that detailed a source in the company saying that doubt had been put on Stephanie McMahon’s abilities as an executive:
“[I had a] very bizarre conversation, I’ll tell you that. I didn’t expect that phone call. It was a phone call that kind of veered into a discussion about Steph. So I asked and I was like, ‘Hey, anything I could add to this? What’s going on?’”
“And, you know, some of the comments, I was shocked. One being that people internally, and this is coming from someone in the know in WWE, this wasn’t like a guy in catering, the comment was that internally, there was doubt put on Steph, her abilities as an executive. And a lot of this started after she absorbed some of Michelle Wilson’s responsibilities after she left, one being ad sales and sponsorship.
“And the comment that I found interesting was that they mentioned that the investors were questioning why they weren’t performing as well. And internally, there was some questioning as to why that wasn’t performing.”
Now in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has written about the situation and says while nobody will speak publicly about it, McMahon’s naysayers are the “last people” he’d expect:
“As noted last week, the belief is that if/when she comes back, it would be in a different role. What was notable is last week when we mentioned some people talking bad about her on the way out, but that one person noted nobody would do so publicly because it would be career suicide. However, the people who did try and get this talk about, while remaining anonymous, are key high-level people who are the last people I’d expect to do so.”
h/t Wrestling Inc.