Vince McMahon Steps Back From WWE CEO Duties Amid Investigation, Stephanie McMahon Named Interim CEO

The latest update from the Vince McMahon controversy will further shake up the wrestling world.

It was announced early on Friday morning that Vince McMahon would be stepping away from his CEO and Chairman duties while the WWE board investigate a three million dollar hush money payout. In the interim, Stephanie McMahon has been named interim CEO. You can read the full statement by WWE below:

Stamford, Conn. – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Board of Directors today announced that a Special Committee of the Board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by its Chairman and CEO Vincent McMahon and John Laurinaitis, head of talent relations, and that, effective immediately, McMahon has voluntarily stepped back from his responsibilities as CEO and Chairman of the Board until the conclusion of the investigation. McMahon will retain his role and responsibilities related to WWE’s creative content during this period and remains committed to cooperating with the review underway.

The Special Committee has appointed Stephanie McMahon to serve as interim CEO and interim Chairwoman.

“I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the Special Committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation. I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are,” said Mr. McMahon.

“I love this company and am committed to working with the Independent Directors to strengthen our culture and our Company; it is extremely important to me that we have a safe and collaborative workplace. I have committed to doing everything in my power to help the Special Committee complete its work, including marshaling the cooperation of the entire company to assist in the completion of the investigation and to implement its findings,” said Ms. McMahon.

WWE and its Board of Directors take all allegations of misconduct very seriously. The Independent Directors of the Board engaged independent legal counsel to assist them with an independent review. In addition, the Special Committee and WWE will work with an independent third-party to conduct a comprehensive review of the company’s compliance program, HR function and overall culture.

The Company and the Board do not expect to have further comment until the investigation is concluded.

WWE Corporate

While Vince will be stepping back from his business roles, he will remain an important part of the WWE creative process so do not expect drastic changes to WWE TV in the interim. Stephanie will return from a hiatus that was met with much controversy and many conflicting reports on how the hiatus was handled backstage. Time will tell if this will become a permanent shake up.

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