Ari Emanuel seems to be behind Vince McMahon being put on the sidelines in WWE.
When Endeavor announced its intention to take over WWE in April 2023 it looked all but certain that Vince McMahon was going to resume full power in the company he forced his back into at the beginning of the year. Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel spoke glowingly of McMahon and hinted that he had been the one to get him back in the fold after his short-lived retirement in July 2022.
However, now the takeover has been completed, things have not shaken out as many have expected. Triple H has been running creative in the company with Vince McMahon seemingly being pushed to the sidelines.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has explained what he believes has happened and simply put any marginalising of Vince McMahon can only come straight from Ari Emanuel:
“He’s out of creative. I mean, this is a big story because Ari Emanuel when they were on the verge of closing the deal, and they had actually closed the deal in April. They went and did media rounds, and it’s like, Vince will be in charge of the company. And if me and Vince have a disagreement, it goes the way Vince wants because Vince is the guy. And then the deal went through, you know, it really only went through about what was it, about a month ago?
“Yeah, it’s like a month ago it went through, and already Vince’s is out of creative because of Ari Emanuel. So I think this is a really interesting thing because it is the first time that Vince is now in the position that his father was in, in ’84, when his father had run the company for years and years and years, and he was just an employee of Vince, Vince Jr. Although he hates the term Jr, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. And Vincent Kennedy McMahon was the guy making all the decisions and now, Vince was in fact, overruled.”
Vince McMahon blamed for stock price drop
Meltzer also touched on Ari Emanuel making the surprising concession that Vince McMahon may have contributed to the stock price of TKO Group falling – but this may have been down to how McMahon’s share deal was structured rather than his input on creative:
“Even though when he sold the company, he was told that – or merged the company – he was told this would not happen. It did happen. And it’s a really interesting thing. And that statement, when Ari Emanuel was talking about the reasons the stock is down, and he mentioned Vince’s name. So it is very interesting, I think, what is going to happen? But Vince’s powers are clearly marginalised. I mean, there’s no way around that.”
It has previously been stressed that the situation surrounding McMahon can always change but for now, it looks like fans of WWE under the creative leadership of Triple H can look forward to Raw and SmackDown for the foreseeable future.