Vince McMahon has returned to WWE. The longtime WWE executive ended his six-month retirement last week and made a comeback to the WWE Board of Directors. Just days after Vince’s return, WWE Chairman and Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon resigned from her corporate positions, leaving CEO responsibilities in the hands of Nick Khan, while Vince was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors. These rapid developments have accelerated talk of a possible WWE sale, with companies like Comcast, Amazon and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund emerging as possible suitors.
The entire professional wrestling industry has its eyes on WWE, and that includes AEW President Tony Khan. Speaking In the areaKhan revealed that he is “following very closely” Vince’s return to WWE.
AEW has previously taken a number of pictures of Vince on his television shows. The late Brodie Lee molded some aspects of his heel persona to Vince, while AEW Tag Team Champion Max Caster has directly named the WWE Chairman in previous freestyle entrance raps.
“No filter, I’m not Instagram. Let’s retire the guys like Vince McMahon,” Caster rapped in the summer of 2022 AEW dynamite.
Khan has been a top figure in the professional wrestling industry since 2019 when he founded All Elite Wrestling. Since the company’s inception, AEW has aired weekly broadcasts on TNT and TBS, acquired top free agents like CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, and attracted some of the biggest non-WWE houses in decades.
One of Khan’s most notable achievements with AEW has been his ability to develop partnerships with wrestling promotions around the world. AEW has partnered with Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, China’s Oriental Wrestling Entertainment, Japan’s New Japan Pro Wrestling, and a number of US promotions throughout its four-year existence. While AEW has never explicitly crossed over with WWE, contracted AEW talent has previously appeared on WWE broadcasts in a pre-recorded capacity.
While the direct ramifications of Vince’s WWE return on AEW are unknown, it’s worth noting that Warner Brothers Discovery is listed as a potential buyer of WWE. Warner Brothers Discovery currently owns the broadcast rights to AEW.
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