2022 will also be remembered for being the year of Vince McMahon's retirement. The now former WWE Chairman announced his farewell to the company last July, thanks to the advancing age and the heavy allegations of misconduct that emerged from an investigation by the Wall Street Journal.
Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan took his place at the helm of the company, while Triple H became the new head of the creative team. Overcoming initial skepticism, The Game managed to revamp a stale product and bring back several stars who had been released during the pandemic.
Backstage morale has risen significantly since HHH took matters into their own hands and WWE has also benefited in terms of ratings. It is rumored that the 14-time world champion has huge surprises in mind for next year. At the same time, Vince's farewell has unleashed a wave of reactions in every corner of the world.
In the latest edition of the show hosted by Pat McAfee, Brock Lesnar spoke about his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Brock Lesnar on Vince McMahon
“Vince McMahon and I have had a love/hate relationship for the past 20 years, but we have always been loyal to each other,” Brock Lesnar confided.
“A lot of water has passed under the bridge and we have lived many moments together. I've always respected both Vince McMahon and Dana White, even though my approach to them was completely different. I met Vince when I was younger and have always seen him as a father figure.
From Vince I learned many things that have been useful to me in the continuation of my career” – added Brock. In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, EC3 debunked some myths circulating about Lesnar: “It's not true that he's an antisocial and unapproachable guy.
If you want to be friends with him, you don't have to be afraid of him. If you can get close to Brock, you realize that he is a very nice and jovial person. Lesnar is the kind of guy who senses other people's weakness." As recalled by Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar was willing to sign with TNA for the same amount of money the Olympic gold medalist was making at the time.
"Okay, Brock calls me. He is not in the WWE. He says, 'Listen, man. Can you get me in TNA?' I probably shouldn't even be saying this now. But you know what? Brock doesn't care. He said, 'Hey, what are you making?' And I said what I was making.
He said, 'If you can get me that, I'll come.' I approached TNA, and they said, 'No, we're not going to give him that kind of money.' "