Vince McMahon warned that WWE would have to be pried from his “cold, dead hands.”
The Endeavor takeover of WWE is complete as a new era dawns on the pro wrestling business. For the first time since buying out his father, Vince McMahon is no longer the majority owner of WWE with the company now merged under the banner of TKO Group alongside UFC.
Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience, Kurt Angle explained why he never thought McMahon would give up total control of the company he led for 40 years and claims McMahon plans on living until he’s 120:
“I love the guy. He’s always treated me right. I never had a problem with Vince. I’m glad he got the money he got. I never thought he would sell the company. I thought you would have to pry it from his cold dead hands. I thought he would keep the company forever. He put his heart and soul into it. No one works harder than he does. He’s a machine.
“You know what he told me when I came back to WWE? He said, ‘I’m going to have this company for a lot longer than you think, Mr. Angle. I’m 73 right now. My mom lived to be 101. I plan on living until I’m 120. I’m never letting the company go. I’m always going to work here. They’re going to have to pry it from my cold dead hands.’ That’s what keeps him going. That’s why I’m a little, not nervous, but what’s he going to do now? His life is wrestling.”
What is Vince McMahon’s role in WWE now?
Vince McMahon has moved from his role as Executive Chairman of WWE to being Executive Chairman of TKO Group. In theory, that also gives McMahon oversight of UFC but it is widely thought that he will stick to the WWE side of things as Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel has given him the right to do.
Although, no longer the majority owner of the company, McMahon still wields absolute influence even though his recent comments at a recent all-staff meeting were met with more than a few eye rolls.