In recent months, the return of Vince McMahon to WWE has caused a division among its fanbase, which is now starting to spill over into its live audience's reactions. During commercial breaks of Tuesday night's "WWE NXT" episode, the crowd began chanting, "Fire Vince!" This has sparked concern among fans who favored the iconic 77-year-old pro wrestling promoter stepping back from leading the company's creative direction last year.
McMahon initially announced his retirement last summer following the revelation that he made $17.4 million in hush money payments to several women who accused him of se*ual misconduct. In doing so, McMahon ceded creative control to his son-in-law Paul "Triple H" Levesque, who took over as WWE's new Chief Content Officer.
However, since the turn of the year, McMahon has retaken control of the company he built ahead of its sale to Endeavor, reclaimed his position as chairman, and has appeared more and more frequently backstage.
Fans Worried about WWE's Creative Future
The "Fire Vince!" chants during "WWE NXT" programming have led fans to express concern for WWE's creative future.
Fans are worried that McMahon's return will negatively impact the quality of WWE programming. Many fans believe somebody must updateMcMahon's creative decisions must be updated, and his focus on spectacle over storytelling has caused a decline in WWE's popularity in recent years.
The recent sale of WWE to Endeavor has only heightened fans' concerns. Some fans believe the "Fire Vince!" chants during "WWE NXT" programming should be seen as a wake-up call to Endeavor and its CEO, Ari Emanuel. Fans are hoping that the new ownership will listen to their concerns and take steps to improve the creative direction of WWE.
The return of Vince McMahon to WWE has caused a division among fans, and the "Fire Vince!" chants during "WWE NXT" programming reflect fans' concern for the creative future of WWE. While McMahon's return has sparked concern among fans, it remains to be seen how Endeavor will respond to these concerns and what impact this will have on the future of WWE.