Many fans don’t believe that Vince McMahon has really called it quits. It makes sense why fans would think that as well. When you zoom out, Vince McMahon leaving via a Twitter post was rather odd and it seems to set the stage for some kind of storyline. That doesn’t seem to be the case now as Vince is almost guaranteed to no longer be apart of the operation.
After several conspiracy theories among fans and some pundits that Vince McMahon was still running the show or “pulling the strings,” several higher ups in WWE constantly reiterated to Fightful during Summerslam week that wasn’t the case.
In fact, one WWE source had indicated WWE Raw would be a “statement” show for that reason, and establish who is running the show. Of course, that show running not being done by Vince.
They said: “If Vince McMahon was still involved to any degree, neither Summerslam or WWE Raw would have resembled what they looked like. Dakota would not have been brought back, Raw would have been several Summerslam rematches.”
Those that we heard from said that Triple H already has worked to make the environment better backstage. Both on background and explicitly, Fightful was told that Vince McMahon has no say in day-to-day or creative anymore, and there have been rumors of him even having limited access to gaining information about the ongoing process itself.
There are a number of people within the company that also confirmed that there are situations that normally they’d need to wait on their bosses to get clearance from Vince for, and that has not been the case since he retired.
Could this still be one giant storyline being played internally and externally? If so, it might be the best storyline that has ever happened, but the chances remain slim.