In fact, they may have considered it a necessary move to get rid of Vince McMahon.
One of the many items related to Vince McMahon’s return to WWE that hit our collective radar over the past week was this:
Axios I heard Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are “selling out” WWE.
Fitting with what appears to be the dominant narrative at this point, Stefani and her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, have engaged in a battle with her father for control of the company.
An update that contradicts the Axios report, but without changing that narrative. According to Dave Meltzer’s source — Described by the founder of the Wrestler Observer as “someone close to both,” Steph & Haitch was neither for nor against selling the company. The co-CEO, former President of WWE, and current Chief Content Officer was “open to all possibilities.”
But given that even in “retirement” Vince maintained control of the company’s fate through the fact that he owns 81% of WWE Class B voting stock, the Levesques also knew a sale was the only way out of McMahon’s elder thumb. Meltzer said On Observer Wrestling Radio:
“From what I’m told, Paul and Stephanie are not against selling, and they knew those Vince shares were an albatross, and at some point, someone had to get rid of those shares anyway or Vince would take over.”
This story isn’t over yet, but from where we stand now, it looks like Stephanie & Trips were right in this assessment. Many questions remain, however. Will Vince actually sell? If that was the case, would the buyer have the right to allow him to remain a part of WWE’s management team? If not, can they bring Steph back to have a McMahon presence in the company that family is so synonymous with? Can Levesque maintain control of the wrestling side either way?