First reactions to the possible return of Vince McMahon to WWE
Just a few hours ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Vince McMahon would be looking for a way to return to WWE to serve on the board of directors alongside Michelle Wilson and George Barrios, which would force three current directors to step down.
McMahon’s objective would be focused on supervision in the upcoming negotiations for television rights, where the sale of the company could take place. He expressed it that way in a press release, where he also He made it clear that he would block any type of negotiation (television or sales) if he is not part of them.
His return seems focused exclusively on administrative tasks, so, a priori, he would not be involved in the creative aspects. In the meantime, Fighting has been able to contact various WWE sources, noting that everyone was surprised by the news. “No one from any department – talent, production, creative or general staff – who has responded to us was informed, notified or received any information before or immediately after the news broke,” the outlet wrote.
The news has not only surprised the workers of the company, but also It has been a jug of cold water for the talent, who also knew nothing about the subject. “Not one bit, but considering that some people from his regime were held for so long, they should have known what would happen. We’ll see if they tell us something tomorrow,” a talent commented to Fightingreferring to tomorrow’s SmackDown taping.
Since the Wall Street Journal informed for the first time of McMahon’s intentions, WWE staff reactions were clearly negative. The departure of the former Director General was a breath of fresh air for the workers, so a return to the previous situation has become an increasingly alarming concern.
On a possible return of McMahon to creative work
The idea that McMahon could retake the reins of the creative team has become a common concern among talents. In this sense, the medium points out that the two sources he was able to contact within the creative department said they had not been made aware of any adjustments to his duties and that they received some notes for the next episode of SmackDown before the McMahon news was published by the Wall Street Journal.
Production employees were also not informed. Fighting he adds that the unanimous reaction to this issue was either that it was bad news, or “news above their level of responsibility” that they would not worry about until necessary. Besides, a source echoed the increase in the share price at the last minute.
Concern between talent and some senior managers
One talent expressed: “Finding out online is scary, and it’s Vince, so I don’t believe a word he says. I hope the current management continues and doesn’t change anything, but only time will tell”, before noting that they have a lot of respect for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Another talent pointed out his belief that there will be a roster upheaval if Vince McMahon returns to direct the creatives.
The newcomers to WWE are also not hiding their concern about it, with one of them noting the following: “I would be amazed if (McMahon) were to be creative again.”
The company’s senior officials have also been against a possible return of McMahon. “I can’t count the number of interviews I’ve read or people I’ve talked to outside the company who have said ‘Vince liked me, but he fired me. He didn’t like you, he didn’t like any of them. If it wasn’t for him, they wouldn’t have been laid off during a pandemic“Commented a concerned senior official.
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