Stephanie McMahon has given her thoughts on how WWE will continue when Vince McMahon steps down from his role in the company.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Business of Sports podcast, WWE’s Chief Brand Officer spoke about her father’s accomplishments in building wrestling from a territory-based business to the creation of WWE and its evolution into a global entertainment giant.
“It’s really remarkable when you think about our history and what Vince accomplished. Think about what he’s done. He took what was a regional business and had the vision to go around and create one organization, nationally and then, ultimately, globally.
“My father saw the opportunity for syndication; he saw the opportunity for advertising. Ultimately he saw the opportunity to really create something that had never risen to the level of popularity it had never been.”
Turning to a time in the future when Vince McMahon will no longer be WWE’s guiding voice, Stephanie said she believes continuing with his vision will be a group effort, bringing together institutional knowledge, smart executives, and creativity.
“I do think a lot of the institutional knowledge is important, particularly with regards toward the core content, but it’s also surrounding our business with strong, smart executives. And that’s exactly what we have. So I do think it’s the marriage of institutional knowledge, the incredible production value, the creation of talent IP and storylines and really strong business executives to help us expand. I think it’s a combination of things.”
However, she doesn’t think any individual will be able to replace the WWE Chairman, a sentiment most would agree with.
“I don’t think there will ever be a person-to-person replacement for Vince McMahon. He does too much. The landscape would look different however it shakes out. But I think it’s a marriage of those things.”
Vince McMahon, widely seen as one of the most influential figures in wrestling history, is now rarely seen on WWE TV, with his last appearance being at Survivor Series 2020, when he presented the Undertaker’s Final Farewell.
Credit goes to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.