Pat McAfee is rumored to be returning to WWE SmackDown ahead of the Royal Rumble, after reports of Vince McMahon’s return, as seen in a tweet below.
According to my sources, there’s been talks backstage about bringing back pat mcafee to the commentary team the week of the Royal Rumble. He stated it’s all talks, and nothing is 100% secured, because he just finished his college football program, and is currently on vacation
— The Wrestling Blog (@WrestlingBlog_) January 13, 2023
Vince McMahon decided to make his way back to WWE. A new filing showed that McMahon is returning to the WWE board of directors. Reports emerged that the WWE Board Of Directors also tried to stop Vince McMahon from returning. Former WWE co-presidents Michelle Wilson and George Barrios are also on the board.
Meanwhile, McMahon had stated that his intention was to facilitate a sale of the company. There has been much speculation that Vince McMahon was looking to sell to a party that would commit to keeping him in charge of the company. It was further noted on Tuesday that Stephanie McMahon was resigning as Co-CEO of WWE and that Vince McMahon was unanimously voted in as Executive Chairman. Speculation was everywhere and it didn’t take more than a couple of hours before it was revealed that among the potential buyers interested in purchasing WWE was a group out of Saudi Arabia.
Update on Vince McMahon possibly running
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, new details of the management of the company have been revealed. It was reported that Nick Khan is currently running the company:
Based on those within WWE who have talked with us and other key reporters, Khan is the man running the company in his role as sole CEO. He is right now making all the final decisions.
Vince McMahon as Chairman is in an official capacity, only working on selling the company, and they are targeting doing it by the summer, although there is no guarantee it will be sold.