Pro wrestling followers and journalists uttered a collective groan after stories emerged that Vince McMahon, the founding father of WWE, would return to the Board.
WWE shared an official press launch Friday confirming the information.
“At present, we announce that the founding father of WWE, Vince McMahon, can be returning to the Board,” stated Chairwoman & Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon, Co-CEO Nick Khan and Chief Content material Officer Paul Levesque.
Vince McMahon said on Thursday that “WWE has an distinctive administration workforce in place, and I don’t intend for my return to have any influence on their roles, duties, or tasks.”
Some followers of the WWE franchise took the information laborious, criticizing McMahon for sabotaging the enterprise.
“Vince McMahon being again at WWE may significantly influence the involvement of individuals like The Rock and John Cena for WrestleMania 39,” tweeted WrestleZone senior editor Matt Black. “The very last thing Hollywood actors need proper now’s that form of unfavourable press surrounding them.”
Wrestling commentator Jerry D’Erasmo focused McMahon instantly on Twitter. “All it took was 6 days into the New 12 months, and WWE has probably already been destroyed. Vince McMahon is formally again on the Board of Administrators and when you don’t assume he’s making ALL each day selections, you’re out of your f—— thoughts. It is a nightmare.”
He wrote in a earlier tweet that “McMahon Vince is a F—— LIAR. If he returns in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM CREATIVELY, the WWE is DOOMED. Completely completed.”
Twitch streamer Billy Mays III joked that somebody ought to distract McMahon from taking management of WWE a day earlier than the information was formally confirmed. “[Q]uick somebody put a VR headset on Vince McMahon and simply let him play with a WWE simulator for the remainder of his days.”
OutKick founder Clay Travis predicted that WWE may turn into much more useful than the Phoenix Suns, a basketball workforce. “WWE inventory is up $13 in the present day on information Vince McMahon needs to place the corporate up on the market. If the Phoenix Suns are value $4 billion, I don’t see any motive why WWE couldn’t be value $8-$10 billion for the proper purchaser.”
McMahon declared that he was the perfect particular person to convey WWE into a brand new period.
“The one means for WWE to completely capitalize on this chance is for me to return as Govt Chairman and help the administration workforce within the negotiations for our media rights and to mix that with a overview of strategic options.”
Fox Information’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.