On the WWE Raw after WrestleMania, the rumor that Endeavor was purchasing majority ownership of World Wrestling Entertainment turned out to be true. Along with WWE’s impending sale to Ari Emanuel’s company, came the news that Vince McMahon will officially be returning to the fold as Executive Chairman for TKO Holdings Group, an umbrella company that will also contain UFC.
McMahon’s renewed boardroom power appears to have come with the ability to put his creative fingerprints back on the WWE product because as soon as the announcement was made, McMahon was spotted in the Gorilla Position, reportedly causing chaos with last-minute changes, and causing a hit to the locker room morale. Since that post-Mania episode of Raw, McMahon has rarely been seen backstage, notably only popping up at the Raw taping held recently in Hartford, Connecticut, not far from the front door of his permanent home.
McMahon’s absence from the backstage area has reportedly been met with a warm reception but that does not mean his influence has dissipated, at all. While he may not be in Gorilla for every show WWE does, he is still apparently sending in notes remotely, that are being followed through on. In an interview with Sporf, Ricochet gave some insight into McMahon’s current creative role with the company he took over roughly forty years ago from his father.
“Vince is still involved and Vince is still talked to,” he revealed. “He’s still someone that everyone looks to, especially with creative. So he’s got his fingers in everything too. I think Triple H and everybody in creative is just trying to do the best they can in bringing out the best in who they have. They’re trying to work to everyone’s strengths. I think that’s something that Triple H has always done.”
The former Intercontinental Champion went on to say that he believes that everyone involved is simply trying to focus on all the talents’ strengths and expand the company to the best of their abilities.