A former Vince McMahon star believes Vince McMahon’s demise was responsible for their own WWE exit.
Heading into WrestleMania 38, Rick Boogs was flying high alongside Shinsuke Nakamura with the pair challenging The Usos for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at the event. However, during the match, Boogs sustained a serious quadriceps injury and he was out of action for nine months.
During his absence, Vince McMahon stepped down from WWE, and even when he made his return, his influence over creative had diminished. For someone who McMahon had supported like Boogs, this was a disaster.
When Boogs returned to the ring in early 2023 he failed to recapture his earlier momentum, and the star was released on September 21st. Shortly after his exit, Boogs said Vince McMahon’s own departure as WWE Executive Chairman in the summer of 2022 “killed” his career with the company.
Speaking in a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, Boogs reiterated his belief that McMahon’s departure was instrumental in his loss of momentum.
“I mean, I guess, if you just look at it objectively, like look at my NXT run, and then look at, you know, when I was seen by Vince, and look at that run, and then when management or the whole regime changed again, look at that run. So a lot of people say, Oh, but he was injured, I think I can say this, I was supposed to be brought back earlier, like, when I wasn’t even cleared yet, a month or two after rehab. And I was really planning on it. pumped. Oh, man, like, I can’t really bend my knee yet Let’s get back up there. And that was just kibosh.”
Key Vince McMahon Associate Leaves WWE
While McMahon is now long gone from WWE creative, he remains in an extremely influential position with the TKO Group and by default WWE. However, signs of his lengthy run as the head of the company and its creative team are slowly being eroded.
On December 30th, it was reported that a close Vince McMahon ally Kevin Dunn was leaving the company. Dunn — who had been WWE’s head of production for decades left the company with almost immediate effect.
H/t to chrisvanvliet.com