Dave Meltzer claimed on Talk is Jericho that John Laurinaitis is gone from WWE, though with less fanfare than Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon was the CEO of WWE before he had to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct and allegedly having paid $12 million in hush money in a huge scandal. He eventually retired from WWE for good and was replaced by his daughter Stephanie McMahon as the CEO of WWE. His son-in-law Triple H is now the Executive Vice President of Talent and Relations as well. Vince McMahon also lied about quitting WWE recently.
Dave Meltzer believes the prospect of hurting the legacy of the company could have been the reason behind McMahon retiring. Meltzer talked about McMahon’s departure on Talk Is Jericho. He explained what could have forced the former WWE chairman to change his mind.
“Obviously there was something huge. I’m sure it was not a voluntary decision, but it was one of those things where you are now in a position where you’re going to hurt the company. I do believe that if Vince McMahon thought that he was going to hurt the company by staying that he would leave.
I think that’s the one thing he would do. He’s not gonna take his legacy down. The WWE is his life legacy. He’s gonna be there long after he’s gone. I don’t think he wants to be the one to take it down, I think he wants it to live forever.”