MEGATHREAD: Vince McMahon Retires Today 2022
Vince McMahon has retired as Chairman, CEO, and Head of Creative of WWE. This comes after a slew of investigations of sexual harrassment and affairs paired with hush money settlements to keep said activities quiet.
**[Official Statement from WWE Corporate:](https://corporate.wwe.com/news/company-news/2022/07-22-2022a)**
>STAMFORD, Conn., July 22, 2022 – Vince McMahon today released the following statement:
>“As I approach 77 years old, I feel it’s time for me to retire as Chairman and CEO of WWE. Throughout the years, it’s been a privilege to help WWE bring you joy, inspire you, thrill you, surprise you, and always entertain you. I would like to thank my family for mightily contributing to our success, and I would also like to thank all of our past and present Superstars and employees for their dedication and passion for our brand. Most importantly, I would like to thank our fans for allowing us into your homes every week and being your choice of entertainment. I hold the deepest appreciation and admiration for our generations of fans all over the world who have liked, currently like, and sometimes even love our form of Sports Entertainment.
>“Our global audience can take comfort in knowing WWE will continue to entertain you with the same fervor, dedication, and passion as always. I am extremely confident in the continued success of WWE, and I leave our company in the capable hands of an extraordinary group of Superstars, employees, and executives – in particular, both Chairwoman and Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon and Co-CEO Nick Khan. As the majority shareholder, I will continue to support WWE in any way I can. My personal thanks to our community and business partners, shareholders, and Board of Directors for their guidance and support through the years. Then. Now. Forever. Together.”
**[Letter to Talent from Vince](https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/w5l1q1/letter_to_talent_from_vince/), per verified WWE insider kermit125**
>To all WWE Superstars: as I approach 77 years old (OMG am I really that old?), I feel it’s time for me to retire. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion, wisdom, and love of the business with you. No longer will you see the smiling, docile, level-headed, calm presence at Gorilla every week.
>Your dedication to WWE will ensure that our company will continue to grow and prosper. Our organization is nothing without you. You are WWE’s only natural resource, chosen to perform in front of a global audience.
>You are all WWE Global Ambassadors. Carry the WWE flag wherever you go. Wave it high and proud. And bust your ass to be all you can be as a person and as a performer.
>One other thing-I won’t be with you, but I’ll be watching. Remember to keep your hands up, grab a hold, and sell. Btw, SmackDown airs live tonight at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central on FOX.
**Current live discussions/developing news:**
– Tweet from Vince McMahon: [time for me to retire. Thank you, WWE Universe. Then. Now. Forever. Together.](https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/w5jzg8/vince_mcmahon_at_77_time_for_me_to_retire_thank/)
– CNBC: [Vince McMahon retires as chief of WWE amid probes into alleged misconduct](https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/w5k55j/cnbc_vince_mcmahon_retires_as_chief_of_wwe_amid/)
– [PWInsider is reporting that Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan are now Co-CEOs of WWE](https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/w5k597/pwinsider_is_reporting_that_stephanie_mcmahon_and/)
– Brandon Ross: [Vince McMahon is fully gone from WWE as an executive. This includes his role as Head of Creative in addition to the CEO role. $WWE](https://twitter.com/BrandoLightShed/status/1550575439273496582)
– Variety: [Vince McMahon Announces Retirement From WWE](https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/vince-mcmahon-retirement-wwe-1235323378/)
– Wall Street Journal: [WWE’s Vince McMahon Retires as CEO, Chairman
– New York Post: [Vince McMahon retires from WWE amid probe from board](https://nypost.com/2022/07/22/vince-mcmahon-retires-from-wwe-amid-probe-from-board/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow)
– F4WOnline: [Vince McMahon announces retirement from WWE](https://www.f4wonline.com/news/wwe/vince-mcmahon-announces-retirement-from-wwe?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)
– Reuters: [WWE chief Vince McMahon to retire
– Bryan Alvarez: [Vince sent out a message to talent confirming his departure, noting they wouldn’t be seeing him but he’d be watching them, and then concluding with a plug for Smackdown tonight.](https://twitter.com/bryanalvarez/status/1550577982145564672?s=21&t=oPTyOcUlw410YAj5oonJtg)
– Brandon Thurston: [Vince McMahon is retiring from all roles, including head of creative, a WWE spokesperson confirms to me.](https://twitter.com/BrandonThurston/status/1550582194657165313?s=20&t=uyC2XrVTzLD0YbHFQ6eN1Q)
– Bryan Alvarez: [From several sources, Brock Lesnar has left Smackdown.
– Sean Ross Sapp: [Also just heard this. Was told Brock was “pissed off”](https://twitter.com/SeanRossSapp/status/1550585821346103296?t=4HtrhCYlZXcAt72T3h8rMQ&s=19)
– Bryan Alvarez: [Brock’s line was some derivative of, “If he’s gone, I’m gone”](https://twitter.com/bryanalvarez/status/1550590396694024192)
– /u/kermit125, verified WWE insider: [Confirmed: Brock left Smackdown. He’s gone.](https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/w5m6bl/confirmed_brock_left_smackdown/)
– Sean Ross Sapp: [WWE confirmed to me Vince McMahon’s retirement wasn’t part of a storyline, for those that are asking](https://twitter.com/SeanRossSapp/status/1550596837052227585?s=20&t=uEXgG7YaPRYrv0kBRfbxSw)
– Andreas Hale, regarding Brock Lesnar’s walkout: [So, is this “unprofessional” and will be called out as such on television? Word to @NaomiWWE and @SashaBanksWWE](https://twitter.com/AndreasHale/status/1550593996056977408)
– Bryan Alvarez: [There is a replacement for SummerSlam in place for Brock, but obviously they’re trying to get him to come back.](https://twitter.com/bryanalvarez/status/1550600446116450304?s=20&t=JMBe-otCAFm-MttnQXOMfg)
**Twitter/Social media Reactions:**
– [Pat McAfee:](https://twitter.com/patmcafeeshow/status/1550574388931489793?s=21&t=eupJAopqjhOw4UmKDGr7ww) 👀
– [Renee Paquette:](https://twitter.com/ReneePaquette/status/1550578194604064768?t=YUGy9dCDVylKj1_5yZ39Qw&s=19) Think he’ll do my podcast?
– [Mick Foley:](https://twitter.com/RealMickFoley/status/1550582029053558785) Thank you for everything, Vince. You changed my life.
– [Matt Cardona:](https://twitter.com/TheMattCardona/status/1550580725002342401) Thank you Vince
– [Mandy Rose:](https://twitter.com/WWE_MandyRose/status/1550576146722525184) Thank you Vince for everything 🙏🏻💙
– [“Hollywood Hunk” Ryan Nemeth:](https://twitter.com/ryrynemnem/status/1550582893386141696?s=10&t=NAEpAJbQxz_r8aG2Qcnnaw) Wanna be on BTE next week? I already have one for this week, but next week we can do it. (Maybe something where we interview a dog like it’s a person or something, have some laughs, AKA guy time) @BeingTheElite
– [Jim Ross:](https://twitter.com/JRsBBQ/status/1550590914812383234?s=20&t=uEXgG7YaPRYrv0kBRfbxSw) WOW! Helluva day!
– [Titus O’Neil:](https://twitter.com/TitusONeilWWE/status/1550582991629565952?t=MxHkDFZod0G_5T-BxMAWRA&s=19) THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING ❤️❤️❤️
– [Gerald Brisco:](https://twitter.com/Fgbrisco/status/1550579816243597320?t=Mn2BsHCBPYL3VGVsl00qOA&s=19) Congrats 🎈, my friend.
– [Last Week Tonight:](https://twitter.com/LastWeekTonight/status/1550586857980936192) On the occasion of Vince McMahon’s retirement from the WWE, why not revisit our story about the man, the empire, and the fact he sometimes looks like a big bumpy hot dog? https://t.co/PeWFj2O8Le
– [Kurt Angle:](https://twitter.com/RealKurtAngle/status/1550593608499224582?t=0QgqX65dsVktzLp31ssVLQ&s=19) After winning a gold medal in 1996, I found my 2nd calling because of @VinceMcMahon … thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I Love you Vince. P.S. I’m still Vince’s favorite @steveaustinBSR 😁
– [Gerald Brisco:](https://twitter.com/Fgbrisco/status/1550604109824217088?s=20&t=B-oMNCMMsh2HIk%5C_xl106rA) Disappointed to see all you jabronis celebrating the retirement of the man who created a world that gave you so much enjoyment growing up. If Vince never existed, all you marks would have sadder lives than you already do.
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