The Vince McMahon/WWE Situation Could Reportedly Play Out In A Number Of Different Ways
  • Updated: Jan. 6, 2023 11:40 am EST

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, it was announced that Vince McMahon is coming out of retirement in order to explore the potential sale of the company. As WWE's majority owner, McMahon believes that his return is necessary to ensure a smooth process as WWE enters a "critical juncture in its history," with current media rights deals set to expire in the coming months.

With McMahon officially back on the board of directors, his quest to be named executive chairman could potentially unfold in a variety of ways, according to the "Wrestling Observer Newsletter."

"It ends up with a direct pitch to the shareholders at the annual meeting," a person with knowledge of the situation told the outlet. "Or it ends up with WWE cutting a deal with [McMahon] (and potentially George [Barrios] and Michelle [Wilson], or he'll cast them aside without second thought). Or it ends up in a bloodbath with a fight that plays out right to the shareholders and a call for a vote. Or it ends up in court. Lot of ways this can play out."

As noted by the source, McMahon is working with former WWE Presidents and Directors Michelle Wilson and George Barrios to facilitate the potential sale. As of this morning, McMahon, Barrios and Wilson had rejoined the board, with members Ignace Lahoud and Man Jit Singh resigning.

WWE executives reportedly rejected a request for McMahon to return back in December, believing that it wouldn't be in the best interests of company shareholders. However, WWE's stock prices have soared since McMahon's latest announcement.