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Vince McMahon’s Stone Cold Legal Stunner

WWE Monday Night Raw In Las Vegas
Vince McMahon abruptly retired from WWE six months ago following revelations that he paid women nearly $15 million to hush up sexual misconduct allegations. Now, he’s back in characteristically provocative form. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Eriq Gardner
January 16, 2023

Is there a wrestling term for Vince McMahon’s shocking, yet not at all surprising, return to the WWE? After all, it was only six months ago that McMahon, now 77, abruptly retired from the pro wrestling outfit following revelations that he paid women nearly $15 million to hush up sexual misconduct allegations. Now he’s back in characteristically provocative form, the master showman with a history of writing himself into the script. 

McMahon’s reappearance has consequences, of course. Those payments, which McMahon made without informing his board, are still being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the S.E.C. The WWE, which still enjoys strong TV and streaming ratings, is soliciting multi-billion dollar acquisition offers. And now McMahon also has to deal with a new shareholder lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery over his power move to amend the company’s bylaws, fire a third of the board, and reinstate himself as executive chairman.