McMahon will proceed to supervise WWE’s artistic content material through the investigation, World Wrestling Leisure stated Friday, and named McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie, as interim CEO and chairwoman.
Vince McMahon will seem on its reside present “SmackDown” later Friday, WWE stated on Twitter after it introduced the adjustments in management of the group.
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 all the pieces potential to help the investigation,” McMahon stated in a ready assertion Friday. “I’ve additionally pledged to just accept the findings and final result of the investigation, no matter they’re.”
The worker, employed as a paralegal in 2019, has a separation settlement from January that stops 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 staff of misconduct by McMahon and John Laurinaitis, the top of expertise relations at WWE, the Journal reported.
Other than 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 evaluation of the work setting on the group.
Vince McMahon has been the chief and most recognizable face at WWE for many years.
When he bought the corporate, then the World Wrestling Federation, from his father in 1982, wrestling matches occurred at small venues and appeared on native cable channels.
The group underwent a seismic transformation underneath McMahon. He created WrestleMania, a premium reside occasion that pulls hundreds of thousands of fervent viewers.
Income final 12 months exceeded US$1-billion for the primary time.
WWE stars have turn into crossover sensations, together with Hulk Hogan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin and John Cena.
Stephanie McMahon, who will take over no less than quickly because the chief of WWE, introduced final month that she was taking a depart of absence from essentially the most of her duties on the group. She had been serving as the corporate’s chief model officer.
Her husband, Paul Levesque, who wrestled underneath the identify Triple H, introduced in March that he was retiring from wrestling resulting from a coronary heart situation. Levesque serves as WWE’s government vice chairman of technique and improvement.
“I’ve dedicated to doing all the pieces in my energy to assist the Particular Committee full its work, together with marshaling the cooperation of all the 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., based mostly in Stamford, Connecticut, slid lower than 1% on the opening bell Friday.
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