Vince McMahon retired from WWE this past July after the former CEO had paid out nearly $20 million in previously unrecorded expenses, almost $15 million of which were hush money for the sexual misconduct allegations he received from four women over the past 16 years and $5 million to former United States President Donald Trump’s now-defunct foundation through donations in 2007 and 2009. Vince McMahon has since stepped down from his duties as the company’s CEO, Chairman and Head of Creative with Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon being named as co-CEOs and Triple H being named as the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, the Chief Content Officer and the Head of Creative, but the former WWE CEO still has a lot of legal issues he needs to face.
Wall Street Journal reported that a legal representative of Vince McMahon received a demand letter on November 3rd from the lawyer of former WWE referee Rita Chatterton as she is asking $11.75 million in damages for raping her in a limo in 1986. Vince’s legal representative also received an email from an attorney of a former spa manager, where he is claiming that the former WWE Chairman and CEO assaulted his client in 2011 at a California resort.
It was also noted that Vince McMahon told people he will not be paying settlements to Rita Chatterton and the former spa manager and that he plans on returning to the WWE. Vince reportedly also told some people that he received bad advice from those close to him telling him to step down from WWE and that he believes the allegations and investigations would have blown over if he had stayed with the WWE.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that the strong allies of former WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon don’t want him to return to the company even though they are very protective of McMahon as they are looking out for the company’s best interests since the WWE is running much better without him and people are happier. Meltzer also noted that Vince McMahon will surely try to return since he still owns majority of the company’s shares and they are definitely few people who do want him back, but the Board of Directors will make the call if they want him to return to the WWE.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“It would be major internal upheaval in that company for him to come back, but he’s Vince, and maybe he will. He will certainly try. Just the fact that he’s trying is going to be a big story. I know allies of Vince, very much allies of Vince and very protective of Vince and things like that who are not business allies of Vince within that company right now because they know that it would be the worst thing, and they are very strong allies of Vince.”
“People who you would think are his allies. You don’t know. People are happier in the company. They know the company’s running better, so the people who are allies or looking at the company’s best interests don’t want him back….When Vince was on the rocks, they were allies of Vince, and they didn’t think he was ever going to go, and they thought he’ll ride it out, and it’ll go away.”
“Once he left, the idea of him coming back…I was surprised about a lot of people who you would think are his allies. Personally, I’m sure they are, but as far as wanting him back…I’m sure there are [some] people that do.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.