Before Stephanie McMahon retired from her post as WWE co-CEO and Chairwoman, co-CEO (and now full CEO) Nick Khan had to serve as a go-between when Triple H and Stephanie had to interact with Stephanie’s father, Vince McMahon, after he returned to the company as part of the board of directors, according to a report by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It appears father and daughter did have issues working together after he returned to the company earlier this month.
When Vince McMahon retired as Chairman and CEO of WWE in July 2022, Stephanie and Triple H took on a much larger role within the company. During that time, the couple made some positive changes in direction for WWE. Although some little criticisms have come up, like why Roman Reigns is still holding both championships, most believe WWE was moving in a positive direction.
VINCE MCMAHON IS BACK
That was until earlier this month when Vince McMahon made his return to the WWE Board of Directors with the intention of selling WWE. He was elected the executive chairman of the board. This was rumored to be the reason Stephanie issued her resignation from the company.
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Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported Stephanie, Triple H and Vince McMahon had issues working together in the past and Nick Khan often acted as a mediator of sorts. Meltzer reported:
“It was also conceded that she and Vince did have issues in working together as family members and how Khan was a buffer who kept things smooth between them as well as between Vince and Levesque [Triple H].”H/T To WrestlePurists For Transcription
The WWE has many interested potential buyers and one is Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). Last week the rumor was WWE was sold to Saudi Arabia’s PIF or about to be sold. This was later debunked, but the possibility is still there and will remain until Saudi Arabia’s PIF pulls out, WWE is sold to someone else, or WWE pulls itself off the market.
WWE PUBLIC OPINION OF WWE COULD CHANGE DEPENDING ON WHO BUYS THE COMPANY
The public opinion is that selling to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is the worst thing the company can do. It would cause WWE to be an outcast and many would likely boycott the promotion and refuse to watch or work with WWE, due to the various human rights issues with Saudi Arabia, such as the allegation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. WWE continuing to promote events with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority after Khashoggi’s murder received a lot of public criticism and backlash in 2018 and 2019.
A fan asked PWInsider’s Dave Scherer if he thought it was possible that Stephanie would start her own company and try to buy her father out of his stocks. This is basically how Vince McMahon took the company from his father in the 1980s. He said probably not, but if WWE were to be sold to Saudi Arabia’s PIF, Stephanie and Triple H starting a promotion of their own wouldn’t be out of the question. Scherer stated:
“I would say no chance in hell, because well you know, but I try not to speak in absolutes,” Scherer said. Whatever the longest of longshots is, that is the answer here. With that said, if Vince really does the most heinous thing I can think of and sell to the Saudis, which would make the company a leper here in the US, I could definitely see Steph and HHH going to NBC Universal and pitch starting a company for them.”
The starting of a new promotion would create a tremendous amount of buzz. Having Stephanie and Triple H’s name behind a new promotion would open a lot of doors and get a lot of eyes on the company.
When Cody Rhodes helped to start up AEW, he got additional eyes on the company’s product because of his name recognition, and it probably helped him bring in wrestlers and advertisers. The same could be true with Stephanie and Triple H.
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This is of course all speculation on something which is only a possibility and nothing has pointed at this happening. Triple H is still with WWE and holds the same position as he did a month ago as Chief Creative Officer. There have not been any rumors of Vince doing anything related to any day-to-day operations. It seems he only came back to find a buyer and sell the company.
Do you think Triple H will leave if Vince McMahon tries to get more involved? What about if WWE is sold to Saudi Arabia’s PIF? Do you think Stephanie would ever attempt a hostile takeover of her own? Do you think Stephanie and Triple H would ever start their own wrestling promotion? Would you watch it? Do you think it could compete with AEW? What about WWE? Leave a comment below and let us know who you think would be the first person they would sign if they started their own promotion. Let us know what you think about The subject on The Illuminerdi Twitter account.
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Sources: PWInsider, WrestlePurists, Wrestling Observer, Sportskeeda