Despite allegations levelled against him in recent weeks, it is being reported that there is “no real pressure” for Vince McMahon to step away from WWE.
The allegations against Vince McMahon began in June, when a Wall Street Journal article reported that the WWE stalwart was being investigated by the board of the company over an alleged affair with a former employee, which involved him paying $3 million in “hush money”.
Shortly after the allegations came out, McMahon stepped away from his role as CEO of WWE, with his daughter Stephanie McMahon returning to the company to fill the role on an interim basis.
The pressure on Vince McMahon increased on 8th July 2022, when further allegations came to light. This involved a report that $12 million had been paid to employees of WWE who were with the company over the course of 16 years, and that non-disclosure agreements were made as part of the deals. In particular, the report claimed that one wrestler was coerced by McMahon in to performing oral sex, with a payment eventually being made of $7.5 million.
Despite all the accusations levelled against him, a new report from Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has claimed that there is “no indication” that Vince McMahon is under pressure to leave the company.
From the outside, you would read the article and think they have no choice but to make a change, but there is no indication at all that will happen. And there doesn’t appear to be any real pressure for it to happen.
Meltzer continued by saying that it was more of a cosmetic change when Stephanie McMahon returned to the company, with Vince still involved in all production decisions.
Stephanie McMahon, who had left the company, suddenly returned to take both of those positions. The belief is that this was more of a public and cosmetic change than a real change, and Vince McMahon remains head of creative and has continued to run everything related to television backstage during the shows.
Plenty of opinions have been given from around the wrestling world on the scandal involving Vince McMahon, with one of the most recent being Jim Cornette who called McMahon’s appearances on recent television episodes “an act of defiance”.