Vince McMahon went into town for his 77th birthday.
McMahon, who retired as CEO and chairman of WWE in July amid revelations that he had paid $15 million in hush money to several former employees of the company, was seen in New York City for the first time since his resignation.
McMahon – who prevented his face from being fully photographed – was joined by a mysterious woman, WWE legend John Cena and Cena’s wife Shay Shariatzadeh at the Waverly Inn.
It was groundbreaking news in the professional wrestling world when McMahon resigned from his position, which he had held since 1982 after buying his father’s company.
McMahon controlled every aspect of WWE, from creative storytelling to finance, as he transformed the company from a regional wrestling ground into a multi-billion-dollar publicly traded international conglomerate.
After the exit, McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, became co-CEO. The other co-CEO is Nick Khan, who joined the company from CAA in 2020. McMahon’s son-in-law, Paul Levesque, who appeared in WWE as Triple H, took over as Head of Creative. McMahon remains WWE’s majority shareholder.
“Now that I am 77 years old, I feel it is time to retire as WWE Chairman and CEO. Over the years it has been a privilege to help WWE bring you joy, inspire, excite, surprise and always entertain you,” McMahon said in a statement at the time. contribution to our success, and I would also like to thank all our past and present Superstars and associates for their dedication and passion for our brand.
“Most importantly, I want to thank our fans for letting us into your home every week and being your entertainment choice. I have the deepest appreciation and admiration for our generations of fans around the world who have loved, currently enjoy and sometimes even love our form of Sports Entertainment.”
In June, the Wall Street Journal first reported that McMahon had paid $3 million in “hush money” to a former WWE paralegal, with whom he was in a sexual relationship. He allegedly gave her a salary increase from $100,000 a year to $200,000. The anonymous tipster who informed the company’s board of the news said McMahon “gave her like a toy” to longtime CEO John Laurinaitis, who recently left the company. a
A subsequent investigation by the WWE board revealed that McMahon paid a total of $15 million to several women who were similarly former WWE employees with whom he had sexual relations, including at least one former wrestler.
According to the Journal, this former wrestler claimed in 2018 that she was forced into oral sex years ago by McMahon, and that she was subsequently demoted and her contract not renewed after she broke off the relationship.