On a recent episode of the Bill Simmons podcast, WWE CEO Nick Khan discussed Vince McMahon’s return to WWE following a rather short-lived retirement.
In light of misconduct allegations, McMahon announced his retirement, only to return as WWE Chairman less than six months later.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On why Vince McMahon stepped away from WWE: “I didn’t see it as a force. I think Vince saw sort of the tonnage of things that were coming at him and us. And he thought — one thing he’s always said, and you know this as a long time fan, he’ll do whatever is best for business. And I think at that moment… he saw what was best for business was for him to step away for a while, so he did.
On if Vince McMahon is interfering with the creative department: “And he really did step away. So there was no ‘Hey, why are you doing this?’ or ‘I wouldn’t do it that way.’ It was in my opinion, total freedom to Stephanie, myself, and Triple H on the creative side. It’s only been a week [since he returned], but he really — I believe what he said publicly about ‘Hey, I’m here to engage in strategic alternatives and the media rights.’ So far the engagement has been that, and other board issues. And zero [on creative or the like]. None.”
On his reaction to Vince McMahon’s return: “No, no. That’s Vince. Anyone who knows him who thought with a tweet — because I think he tweeted, ‘Hey, I’m 77 now, time for me to call it a day’ or something to that effect. Anyone who believed that was permanent didn’t know him. That was never going to happen. But I’m appreciative of the fact that he gave it the five, six months, let the dust settle a little bit. And then coming back in the way that he’s come back.”
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