Vince McMahon and the WWE by Jon Benton

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Vince McMahon, the former owner and CEO of WWE has had a tumultuous time with sexual allegations and monetary payoffs as of late, enough now that the Department of Justice is involved in investigating him essentially putting all the latest sexual allegation lawsuits on hold.

Everyone and their brother who has heard of WWE and pro-wrestling knew there was a seedy side of the business and talks of all sorts of things going on behind the scenes from drugs to sex.  Most people accepted that this was stuff that just went on backstage and behind the scenes by the superstars/performers and it was just the kind of life that went with the business.

So when the first serious allegations came out against Vince McMahon, many thought of him as a pig and probably thought this was just a scorned woman who tried to sleep her way to the top and got discarded.  People didn’t like that this happened and has happened in other industries too, but they didn’t think too much of it.  They didn’t think too much of it until more came forward and it wasn’t just unwanted sexual allegations, but they were also passed around to other top people for the same treatment.  Non Non-disclosure agreements were signed and payments were made until the payments stopped and then it was all brought to life.

No one really knows yet, how many women were victims, but it appears it is not a small number, it is also not known other than the named individuals in the lawsuits how many in WWE knew about this stuff going on.  I’m sure as the investigations go along, more will come to light.  Who else, other than those named, knew this was going on and turned a blind eye to it?  Who else was possibly involved and wasn’t named?  There are still so many questions left to be answered and we may not get all of them answered depending on how the investigations go.

Vince McMahon stepped down in 2022 amid internal investigations into the allegations and then came back six months after to supposedly help sell the company and help create TKO, which he resigned from (or was forced to resign) in January 2024.  Vince McMahon supposedly has no role in TKO or WWE as of January 2024.  Looks like he’ll need that extra free time to fight his legal problems.

Yes, we can credit Vince McMahon for growing WWE to the popularity it has today, he had a brilliant mind for creating the product that fans loved in the beginning.  WWE had some dark times where things weren’t going so well and the product seemed to be suffering from storylines and stuff like that, which Vince McMahon was in complete control of and was very controlling on what went on screen. Coincidentally, the slower or not as popular times of the company seemed to have coincided with the timeline of when all these allegations were supposed to have happened.

WWE was on a downturn until Vince McMahon was removed and his son-in-law Paul Levesque (Triple H)  took control of the creativity for the company.  Since then the company has flourished, monetarily and in popularity, breaking record after record for earnings for events and attendance.

No one really knows what is going to happen to Vince McMahon until after all the investigations are done, fines, jail time, or both.  Once the Feds are done with their investigations we should know more about how they will proceed, but he also has the other lawsuit that was agreed to be put on hold just waiting too, so his problems won’t be over once the Feds are done.

Yes, Vince McMahon grew a great company and because he’s finally gone it is flourishing today, but the company itself is part of the lawsuit too, so no one knows how much this will affect the company once it is all said and done. I would hate to see the company suffer because of him and I think once everything is all said and done, there will be a black mark on WWE because of Vince McMahon, we all just have to hope that it won’t take it down.  Yes, Vince McMahon needs to be punished for what he’s done and the others that were involved need to be punished, but not everyone, especially those not involved.

So many people who are not fans of WWE or pro wrestling don’t understand how fans can still support the company with all of this going on.  What these people don’t understand is that the fans support the superstars in the ring, the ones who risk getting injured just to put on an entertaining show for you.  Yes, it’s scripted, the outcomes and stories, but these superstars are out there entertaining the fans, these superstars are what keep people coming back.  So, no matter what Vince McMahon did and is found guilty of, fans will still support the superstars and in essence WWE.  Fans may be called WWE fans because the superstars they support are in WWE, but if you ask any fan how they can support WWE after all the allegations against Vince McMahon, their answer is going to be they support the superstars who happen to work for WWE and they certainly don’t and didn’t support Vince McMahon.

What Vince McMahon is accused of is disgusting and if any of it is true, I hope he gets the maximum punishment for it all and hope the superstars of the company that had nothing to do with it don’t get any backlash or lose their jobs because of what a disgusting old man did.  Vince McMahon will have to answer for what he’s done, what his punishment will be is a complete unknown right now, but no one can see him getting out of this unscathed with how far and wide these investigations are going.  I think once people heard the Department of Justice was investigating him, people were pretty sure he’s going to get punished this time and not just monetarily.  We just have to wait and see.

Jon Is a 58-year-old US Navy veteran living in Oklahoma, OK for the past 30 years. He is  married to his high school sweetheart and they have three adult children. He is heavily into politics, the Detroit Lions, and the Oklahoma Sooners (BOOMER SOONER BABY). Jon is an IT Support Specialist by day and a professional writer by night. He has been writing online for the better part of 30 years and much of it for other people. He is now getting credit for his writing!

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