Vince McMahon grabbed the headlines when he announced his retirement at 77. He announced that he is retiring from his roles as Chairman and CEO of WWE. It was later clarified that he was also done with his work on creative. As of now Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan are Co-CEOs of WWE, while Triple H is EVP of Talent Relations and Head of Creative. It turns out WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was not happy to hear about it.
Ric Flair opens up on Vince McMahon retirement
Flair recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet and stated he was pretty unhappy with the news. Here is what he said:
“I wasn’t happy about it at all, I love Vince McMahon. I don’t know what he is doing right now but I feel like he will have a hard time. He will adjust obviously, but he loved the business and he made us all who we are, from Hulk to everybody. I don’t care what everybody else thinks, he made us, and I have nothing but respect for him. He is a majority stockholder; I don’t know if he will [stay away] or not. He’s a genius.”
Vince McMahon recently got involved in a fresh controversy. The latest Wall Street Journal story on Vince alleged that he paid at least 4 women over 16 years to cover up sexual misconduct. After the report about additional non-disclosure agreements that were signed to keep women quiet, many are wondering if more people will come out with accusations. Vince reportedly reacted to the allegations. It does not appear any more women signed NDAs. There could be others who didn’t want to burn bridges with WWE who decided against seeking a settlement.
Meanwhile, Flair will have his last match on July 31. ‘The Nature Boy’ is set to team up with his son-in-law, AEW star Andrade El Idolo to take on Jay Lethal and WWE’s Jeff Jarrett at the Starrcast show.