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Vince McMahon will step down throughout WWE misconduct probe – Nationwide

Vince McMahon will step down throughout WWE misconduct probe – Nationwide

Vince McMahon is stepping down as CEO and chairman of WWE throughout an an investigation into alleged misconduct involving the longtime chief and public face of the group.

McMahon will proceed to supervise WWE’s inventive content material through the investigation, World Wrestling Leisure stated Friday, and named McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie, as interim CEO and chairwoman.

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Vince McMahon will seem on its stay present “SmackDown” later Friday, WWE stated on Twitter after it introduced the modifications in management of the group.

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The Wall Avenue Journal reported Wednesday that WWE was investigating an alleged US$3-million settlement that McMahon paid to a departing feminine worker following a consensual affair.

“I’ve pledged my full cooperation to the investigation by the particular committee, and I’ll do every part potential to assist the investigation,” McMahon stated in a ready assertion Friday. “I’ve additionally pledged to just accept the findings and consequence of the investigation, no matter they’re.”

The worker, employed as a paralegal in 2019, has a separation settlement from January that forestalls her from discussing her relationship with McMahon or disparaging him, the Journal reported.

The board’s investigation, which began in April, discovered different, older nondisclosure agreements involving claims by former feminine WWE workers of misconduct by McMahon and John Laurinaitis, the pinnacle of expertise relations at WWE, the Journal reported.

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Except for the investigation into the alleged misconduct by McMahon and Laurinaitis, WWE stated that the corporate and its particular committee will work with an impartial third-party to carry out a complete evaluate of the work surroundings on the group.

Vince McMahon has been the chief and most recognizable face at WWE for many years.

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When he bought the corporate, then the World Wrestling Federation, from his father in 1982, wrestling matches passed off at small venues and appeared on native cable channels.

The group underwent a seismic transformation underneath McMahon. He created WrestleMania, a premium stay occasion that attracts thousands and thousands of fervent viewers.

Income final yr exceeded US$1-billion for the primary time.

WWE stars have grow to be crossover sensations, together with Hulk Hogan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin and John Cena.

Stephanie McMahon, who will take over at the very least quickly because the chief of WWE, introduced final month that she was taking a leave of absence from probably the most of her obligations on the group. She had been serving as the corporate’s chief model officer.

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Her husband, Paul Levesque, who wrestled underneath the title Triple H, introduced in March that he was retiring from wrestling as a result of a coronary heart situation. Levesque serves as WWE’s govt vice chairman of technique and growth.

“I’ve dedicated to doing every part in my energy to assist the Particular Committee full its work, together with marshaling the cooperation of your entire firm to help within the completion of the investigation and to implement its findings,” she stated in a press release.

Shares of World Wrestling Leisure Inc., primarily based in Stamford, Connecticut, slid lower than 1% on the opening bell Friday.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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