In a historic turn of events for the professional wrestling world, the takeover of WWE by Endeavor is now complete. With this transition, a new chapter has begun in the realm of sports entertainment, marking the end of Vince McMahon's decades-long reign as the majority owner of WWE.
The company has now merged under the TKO Group banner, alongside the renowned mixed martial arts powerhouse, UFC. Discussing this monumental shift, wrestling legend Kurt Angle shed light on why he never believed that Vince McMahon would relinquish absolute control of the empire he had tirelessly nurtured for over four decades.
Angle expressed his admiration for McMahon's unwavering commitment, asserting that prying the company from McMahon's grasp seemed as likely as wresting it from his "cold, dead hands."
Angle on McMahon's Dedication
Angle shared his thoughts on McMahon during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, recalling McMahon's resolute stance regarding WWE's ownership: "I love the guy.
He’s always treated me right. I never had a problem with Vince. I’m glad he got the money he got. I never thought he would sell the company. I thought you would have to pry it from his cold dead hands. I thought he would keep the company forever.
He put his heart and soul into it. No one works harder than he does. He’s a machine." Furthermore, Angle revealed McMahon's determination to remain at the helm for the foreseeable future: "You know what he told me when I came back to WWE? He said, ‘I’m going to have this company for a lot longer than you think, Mr.
Angle. I’m 73 right now. My mom lived to be 101. I plan on living until I’m 120. I’m never letting the company go. I’m always going to work here. They’re going to have to pry it from my cold dead hands.’ That’s what keeps him going.
That’s why I’m a little, not nervous, but what’s he going to do now? His life is wrestling." As part of the transition, Vince McMahon has shifted from his role as Executive Chairman of WWE to assume the position of Executive Chairman of TKO Group.
While this theoretically grants him oversight over UFC as well, it is widely believed that McMahon will continue to focus primarily on WWE, a decision that has received the approval of Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel. Despite no longer holding the majority ownership stake, Vince McMahon's influence remains paramount within the company.
However, recent comments he made during an all-staff meeting were met with more than a few raised eyebrows, leaving observers intrigued about what the future holds for the wrestling mogul and WWE under the TKO Group umbrella.
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