Vince McMahon Fires Two Names Before SmackDown

Vince McMahon recently made his return to WWE as the Executive Chairman. Apart from Stephanie McMahon resigning from the company and her post as co-CEO, two other big names, Adam Hopkins and Stefanie Fiondella, were also let go. Both were Vice Presidents of Communications and were allegedly let go because of Mr. McMahon.



The personnel were close to Triple H

Adam Hopkins was a part of WWE for 25 years and was well-liked by everyone around him. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter also stated that Hopkins was close to Triple H and had worked with The Game when he led NXT to publicize events like the NXT Takeovers.

Dave Meltzer also stated that the belief among people backstage is that despite Nick Khan being responsible for the hiring and firing of executives, it was Vince McMahon’s call to let go of Hopkins and Fiondella:

”In theory, when it comes to hirings and firings of executives that was supposed to be the domain of Nick Khan, although both coming the same week that Vince McMahon returned to power led to people believing differently,” noted Meltzer.

The report had further stated that it was Hopkins who was primarily responsible for arranging the conference calls with Triple H and Shawn Michaels in NXT. He also stated that Hopkins was well-loved backstage and had a good reputation. His release came as a surprise to many talents and backstage personnel:

”Almost everyone who knew him would tell you how pleasant he was to deal with, and he was regularly put in positions that were unpleasant. I used to say that his role was to clean up the mess made by the company or smooth things out with people who had been wronged by the company, which was not an enviable position to be in. He was a key person in arranging the conference calls that Levesque and Shawn Michaels did for NXT.”

Barry Russell
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