On July 22nd 2022 Vince McMahon effectively relinquished his iron grip on WWE. The billionaire stepped down from his role as CEO, while he had already handed over creative control. Although McMahon retains shares in the company, his influence evaporated almost overnight.
His departure came against a backdrop of a series of serious allegations of sexual misconduct and unrecorded company expenses. It was alleged that McMahon paid multiple women millions of dollars in “hush money” across a number of years.
McMahon had been WWE Chairman since 1982 when he purchased the company from his father who had founded the promotion which became WWE back in the 1950’s.
With Vince out of the picture, Triple H was handed creative control of the company under the title Chief Content Officer, while Stephanie McMahon was named Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside Nick Khan.
“Vince McMahon Probably Stopped Giving A Cr*p”
Since Vince McMahon retired, WWE has seen an upturn in fortunes, while a number of former Superstars have been re-signed much to the delight of many fans.
Speaking on Sportskeeda’s Smack Talk podcast, former WWE manager and wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell commented on the changes, surmising that he didn’t think McMahon “gave a cr*p” by the end of his time as Chairman.
“He [Triple H] took his time and turned it around. Now it has so much positivity to it. And it just took a guy who understood the wrestling business and storytelling because I don’t think Vince gave a cr*p. He was making his money, and he was, ‘Hey, I’m on rest; you guys figure it out.'”
Mantell stated that McMahon was likely “burned out,” before commenting on his reluctance to accept ideas and work with others.
“It’s like an author writing the same books, and after a while, he’s like, ‘Hell, I can’t just write no more. I don’t even have the enthusiasm, the desire, I don’t have the drive to write this stuff anymore, help me out.’ And when they helped him out, he’s like, ‘I don’t like this sh*t; get out of here,'”
It was recently reported that the investigation into Vince McMahon’s conduct by WWE is now over. In addition it has been claimed that morale within the company is higher than it has been in a decade now that he is no longer part of the day-to-day running of the business.
H/t to Sportskeeda