Vince McMahon has been at the helm of WWE since taking over from his father in the 1980s. Despite the passage of time, Vince is unwilling to loosen his grip on the Stamford-based federation. The last two years have been particularly difficult for the company, which has had to deal with the devastating effects of the global pandemic.
To deal with the crisis, WWE was forced to release large numbers of superstars and behind-the-scenes insiders. The simultaneous rise of All Elite Wrestling has dealt a further blow to WWE, which has suffered a drastic drop in ratings over the past twelve months.
In a long interview with Sportskeeda, wrestling expert Bill Apter revealed what the future of WWE could be once Vince McMahon is gone.
Bill Apter on Vince McMahon
“I have thought many times about the future of WWE after Vince McMahon stepped aside.
In my opinion, Stephanie McMahon will take over the company with Nick Khan. I think Stephanie has a better chance than Shane of succeeding Vince. I think Shane will be involved in some way, but Stephanie and Nick will be the new bosses of the company," said Apter.
Bill went back to talking about Jeff Hardy's firing: “Strange things happen in the world of wrestling, which are hard to explain. As for Jeff's release, we don't have all the elements necessary to be able to make a judgment.
My guess is that Hardy was going in a different direction than the WWE charted. I think he wants to reunite with his brother Matt in AEW, then challenge the Young Bucks. Jeff felt uncomfortable in that environment and WWE felt uncomfortable with him.
Given these premises, the best choice was to separate. Probably, Vince McMahon and his collaborators were afraid of suffering serious damage to their image by relying on such an unmotivated Jeff Hardy." Last week on SmackDown, Ricochet confronted Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn and challenged him.
While Zayn asked him to go to the back of the line, WWE on-screen official Adam Pearce made the match official between the two on next week's SmackDown with the Intercontinental title on the line. In what has been one of the biggest and most shocking rumors over the last few days, Vince McMahon is reportedly set to make his in-ring return at this year's WrestleMania 38 against Pat McAfee.
There has been a mixed response to McMahon's reported in-ring return, with many concerned about him lacing up his wrestling boots at the age of 76.