Former WWE Manager Dutch Mantell believes that newly appointed co-CEO Nick Khan could have played a part in the retirement of Vince McMahon.
Alongside the news of his retirement, Vince McMahon announced in his statement on July 22nd that Stephanie McMahon was now the Chairwoman and co-CEO of WWE. The other co-CEO was named as Nick Khan, a key executive in the company since 2020.
Vince McMahon initially stepped down from his duties as CEO and Chairman in June following allegations that he paid a former employee $3 million in “hush money” after the pair had an affair. More allegations have since been made public, including claims that McMahon paid four women more than $12 million across 16 years as part of similar agreements.
Speaking on Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Smack Talk, legendary wrestling Manager Dutch Mantell explained his belief that Nick Khan was “inserted into the company” to remove McMahon.
“Well, I think that Nick Khan was inserted into the company, and I said this a long time ago. I think he was inserted there to get Vince out.”
Mantell went on to question how the recent information regarding Non-Disclosure Agreements that seem to have led to McMahon’s retirement were leaked.
“Now, somehow, all these NDAs leaked from Titan Towers to the Wall Street Journal. Now, how did they get leaked? They had to leak from the inside, and I’m not accusing anybody; I want to make that clear. But how did they leak it out from Stamford?”
“They leaked out, and all of a sudden, the Wall Street Journal got invested in this story; more leaked out and more leaked out till the pressure became too great for Vince to withstand, so he resigned. Like you said, the investigation is not complete at all.”
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.