The saga around WWE’s investigation into Vince McMahon’s alleged affair and subsequent payment to a former employee continues to grow.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that WWE’s board began investigating claims in April that McMahon had made the seven-figure payment to the former employee who was hired by the company as a paralegal in 2019. The company has stressed that the alleged relationship between McMahon and the unnamed employee was consensual and that McMahon is co-operating with the investigation.
The Journal’s report continues to say that the board’s investigation has also unearthed older non-disclosure agreements that surround claims of misconduct made by other former female WWE employees that involve both Vince McMahon and WWE’s Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis. However, it is not known how many of these claims are being looked into but payments made in relation to them are said to run into the millions of dollars.
Fightful Select has now reported that McMahon’s alleged relationship with the employee had been “suspected” within the company. She had been given a major promotion in April 2021 from John Laurinaitis’ assistant to a role as a “director.” The promotion came around the same time the company made more major cuts to its roster for budgetary reasons.
The report goes on to share some information regarding the opinion of female talent as to the return of John Laurinaitis in the role of Head of Talent Relations in 2021. One anonymous talent is quoted as saying”
“I’d rather get all my sh*t sent to me in a trash bag when I get fired than have to deal with him, and neither are good options.”
Sources within the company believe this situation will ultimately lead to Laurinaitis losing his position while they also say that is the biggest threat to Vince McMahon’s control of WWE since the steroid trial of the early nineties.
One of these sources is quoted as saying that John Laurinaitis has been set up as the “latest fall guy for Vince, his turn in line was coming.” While another male star who worked for the company throughout the 2000s and beyond said there had long been suspicion in regards to John Laurinaitis’ conduct, a former WWE writer is alleged to have said there was open suspicion of such as early as the 2000s in regards to that.