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A major backstage name has resigned from WWE.

As reported by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Brad Blum has resigned as WWE’s Chief Operating Officer. Blum answered only to Nick Khan at the time of his resignation having been with the company since 2006.

According to Meltzer, the powerful backstage figure is the one behind his departure and he wasn’t forced out.

Chief Operating Officer Brad Blum tendered his resignation on 5/1. We don’t know more details past this was his own decision and nobody forced him out. He, along with Nick Khan and Paul Levesque were considered the three most powerful officers in WWE. Blum has been a critical strategic and operational leader.

Meltzer notes that Blum was “Corporate Officer No. 2” in the Janel Grant sex trafficking lawsuit filed against WWE, Vince McMahon, and John Laurinaitis.

Blum was Corporate Officer No. 2 in the Janel Grant lawsuit, which stated that when McMahon met Grant, he set up a meeting with Blum, she met with Blum and the suit said he hardly asked any questions and hired her for a $75,000 year job in the legal department. His name also came up that in February 2020, McMahon told Grant that Blum had warned McMahon that there were a lot of rumors circulating about their relationship and she was transferred to another department.

The report comes after John Laurinaitis decided to back Vince McMahon’s stance against the lawsuit, despite earlier claiming he was also a victim.

Other Backstage Figures Recently Left WWE

Meanwhile, in April, Executive Vice President of Talent Dan Ventrelle left the company. He had been working with the sports entertainment giant since 2022 having spent the previous 18 years working with NFL Franchise the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders.

Ventrelle was followed out of WWE by Trent Wilfinger who had been with the company since 2021, working as Senior Vice President of Athlete ID & Development.