Night one of WWE WrestleMania 39 is in the books and seems to be a largely critical hit for the promotion. Sami Zayn and Kevin Ownes finished their story with The Bloodline when they dethroned The Usos for their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships in the main event. Now, fans are looking forward to discovering if Cody Rhodes can finish his story with a win against Roman Reigns on night two. Behind the scenes, however, there is a much different story playing out as WWE looks to be closing in on a sale at the same time Vince McMahon seems to be making a comeback.
PWInsider first reported last night that McMahon was backstage at Mania, with his own office near the Gorilla position, wearing a headset, while giving feedback and asking questions. Wrestling Observer Radio confirmed the report earlier today, noting that while McMahon was not running the show last night but he is “very much involved now. Furthermore, Fightful is saying McMahin was “not shy” about giving feedback on the show and was spotted by some talent around the WWE hotel.
It is worth mentioning that McMahon was officially made an employee of WWE again this past Friday, as disclosed in an SEC filing.
McMahon’s presence in Los Angeles for Mania weekend has not been a secret. He was seen this past Friday night at the WWE Hall of Fame, following Smackdown, sporting a tiny mustache and dyed hair. A look that has been the subject of a lot of commentary on social media.
McMahon’s return to WWE also comes at a pivotal time for the promotion overall. It was less than a year ago that allegations against McMahon began to surface, eventually leading to him retiring, briefly, from the business altogether. Since that time, rumors of WWE looking to sell the entire company outright have grown and WWE’s President & Chief Revenue Officer, Nick Khan, has tried to downplay Vince’s involvement in day-to-day decision-making.
Stay with Haus of Wrestling for all the latest regarding Vince McMahon’s transition back to WWE life.