WWE wrestlers (or should we call them “superstars” again now that Vince is back?) don’t confront the media the same way athletes do in sports. But there are some topics that are so big they will be questioned about no matter how the company tries to control the process.
Case in point, last week’s worth of business news. The return of Vince McMahon, the exit of Stephanie McMahon, and the potential sale of WWE to Saudi Arabia will all appear, even if the interview’s stated purpose is hype. Royal Rumble Or talk about a personal philanthropic endeavor.
The Intercontinental Champion was Gunter Talking to Dallas Morning News On his title defense at SmackDown Tonight (January 13) and Rumble later this month in San Antonio, when asked about a busy WWE week:
“I mean, rumors are rumors. And at the end of the day, I’m not the CEO. I’m a wrestler. So, I focus on what I do in the ring and I leave the business to the people who do the business.”
Ring General had a little more to say about Steve’s passing:
“To be fair, I only had very brief interactions with her. She was always so sweet and so lovely. And yes, I’m happy for her because she’ll now be able to take time off and enjoy time with her family. And yes, I think you should be happy for anyone in positioned to do so. All the best to her.”
Kofi Kingston We visited with our old friend Shakeel Mahjouri (now with CBS Sports) to talk about the fundraising he and his mother are doing to buy computers and other technology for middle school students in Ghana (Learn more about and donate to CLICK – Computer Lab and Integrated Knowledge Center – for Quality Education here). His answers about his old boss and the next WWE owner or owners were longer, but the NXT Tag Champion had the same approach as Gunther.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have gotten to know Stephanie so well over the past 15 years, and her passion for the industry is undeniable. I mean, it’s obviously the family business, but just listening to her talk — I even get chills to think about it now, but I I go to different events and listen to her talk about the influences we’ve had as a company and just her experience transitioning from youth to adulthood. WWE is her life. So it means a lot. She does a lot for the company, whether a lot of it is seen or not. She’s part of a lifeline. The life that allows WWE to exist, so her presence would definitely be lacking, but I think she’s earned the right to retire and enjoy her family life, and I’m happy for her in that sense.
“So we’ll kind of see where that goes, but like I said before, you don’t know what’s going to happen in WWE in the long run, so our role as superstars remains constant. We’re going to go out and put on the best matches we can and tell stories in the ring and give people incredible memories and give them a reason.” To go back and invest in our product – that’s what we do, no matter what happens around us, we go out there and put on a great show. So I’m looking forward to being able to continue to go out and do that on the greatest stage ever.”
“I think we all have the same mindset: whatever happens outside the company will happen. We really have no idea what’s going to happen, but our role again remains the same – just go out there and play great games. That’s the one thing, no matter who’s in charge or Anyone who has this or that, you know what I mean, that’s what we’re going to do. That’s what we’re always going to do. So that’s the most important thing, I think. The mentality for us is just kind of seeing, like I said, man-laser, and continuing to Playing great matches. So that’s what we’ll do.”
They’re good answers, even if there isn’t much they can say given how little anyone knows what’s going to happen going forward.
However, Guess Kofi answered one question. It’s the “stars”.