As the investigations into Vince McMahon’s alleged misconduct continue, a new report has shed light on how the backstage environment in WWE truly is right now.
The wrestling world is still reeling from the investigations into Vince McMahon’s alleged misconduct with a former female WWE employee. Almost a week later and the mood within the WWE locker room hasn’t much changed.
It was previously reported by Fightful Select that the feeling backstage was that of frustration at the entire situation unravelling. One anonymous WWE Superstar who Fightful spoke to addressed McMahon’s appearance on last week’s SmackDown as a “cheap ratings ploy in the middle of something serious”.
Now, a new report courtesy of PWInsider claims there is a “lot of silence” within the backstage area as WWE performers and personnel wait to see how the situation develops. It’s reported that many are keeping “their heads down” incase any other WWE executives become embroiled in the mess.
Although Vince McMahon will maintain his creative duties with WWE, he’s stepped down as the Chairman and CEO, with Stephanie McMahon named as his replacement in the interim. The feeling backstage is that Stephanie has a lot of sympathy, considering she’d only taken a leave of absence to focus on her family weeks before these allegations arose.
The current situation with WWE sees both Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis removed from their positions in the interim. Laurinaitis’ name was unearthed in the investigations, with Bruce Prichard being named as his temporary replacement as Head of Talent Relations.
Despite the severity of these allegations, Vince McMahon is said to have continuously remained in a good mood, and even made in-character appearances as Mr McMahon on both SmackDown and Raw. There is said to be a “lot of headshaking” regarding this.
As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, there are now seven law firms investigating WWE for potential violations of various federal security laws.