New report sheds light on current backstage atmosphere in WWE

It’s been six days since news broke that Vince McMahon is being investigated by the WWE Board of Directors regarding a $3 million settlement awarded to a former WWE employee, with whom he allegedly had an affair. Many wrestling fans and personalities reacted with their thoughts, but what was the internal reaction?

According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, there’s “a lot of silence among employees” as they’re all waiting to see how much worse things can get and if it’s something that could harm the company as a whole. Johnson’s report also notes that employees are currently keeping their “heads down” in an attempt not to get caught up in the mess, with many biting their tongues at the moment given that they don’t know which executives will end up with them. potentially more power once the dust settles.

In the meantime, while the investigation is ongoing, McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie, is taking over as president and CEO, after McMahon temporarily stepped down on Friday. Johnson’s report says there’s “a lot of sympathy” for the brand manager at the moment, as she recently took time off from the company last month. Stephanie is also said to remain strong despite the public disrespect of her mother and McMahon’s wife, Linda, through the entire saga, and especially with the discovery of multiple nondisclosure agreements beyond the main case. allegedly under investigation.

Despite the turbulent times backstage, Vince McMahon hasn’t been shy about getting noticed and has appeared on both ‘SmackDown’ and ‘Raw’ in recent days, making very brief appearances unrelated to the ongoing investigation. . It is reported that there was “a lot of head shaking” behind the curtain, which some saw as an act of denial towards anyone who questions McMahon and his actions, with some wondering if this is the beginning of the end for him. the sports entertainment giant. Additionally, Johnson said there have been discussions internally about how to institute new checks and balances within the company, but there are concerns about the difficulty of enforcing them.

In addition to McMahon, former WWE Talent Relations Manager John Laurinaitis, who was also named in the damning allegations originally published by The Wall Street Journal, is taking a leave of absence with Bruce Prichard temporarily taking his place. And if things didn’t already look grim for the organization, there are now also five separate law firms investigating WWE on behalf of investors.

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