Former WWE CEO Vince McMahon shocked the wrestling world when, on July 22, in the midst of an investigation into allegations of violence against female employees, he announced his retirement from the federation. Although he had previously resigned as CEO, due to these investigations, many believed that Vince would never give up running WWE before his death, so he didn't.
Shawn Michaels on Vince McMahon
Speaking with Ariel Helwani during MMA Hour Shawn Michaels, who currently runs NXT, talked about Vince McMahon's farewell: "I never imagined the moment Vince McMahon would leave WWE. The moment he wasn't there anymore.
to direct the company and everything else. All of us who know him and have worked with him for all that time, we all knew it and I say it with affection, that he cared a lot for the federation. He built himself by always treating everyone in the best way and always giving the best for WWE.
I had every reason to believe that was the case." Next, Shawn Michaels talked about what would happen once Vince McMahon died prematurely on a show: “He always made jokes like this about his death: 'If I die, the show has to go on anyway.
Never stop. We have to get to segment 10 or 11 and complete the show. 'You can talk a lot about him, there is a lot of talk in our industry, but he always did what he thought was best for business." Following the retirement of Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan were named CEO of the company while Triple H took over as executive vice president and head of creativity at WWE.
Ever since Triple H took over the WWE, fans have seen the return of numerous athletes fired during this period of the new leadership. The last most sensational were those of Bray Wyatt on Extreme Rules and the Good Brothers on Raw.
Vince McMahon used to punish women's wrestlers by putting them in gimmick matches, according to the former WWE Women's Champion. "We’d kind of come together, and then it’s like okay, pick your spots, and we’d get punished.
Our punishment was, ‘Hey, here’s a lingerie match right after you did something extraordinary,’ or here’s like, I don’t know, a s*imsuit match. They would do stuff like that to kind of see what we’d do.
It’s like okay, what are they gonna throw at us at this point? I turned it into, in my kind, I turned it into like a game."