Vince McMahon News and Rumor Roundup: More Silent Money Allegations, Comments From Top AEW Stars, McMahon Documentary News

WWE’s Vince McMahon has consistently been in the headlines for the past few weeks. The cycle began when allegations of silent deals and money started making the rounds.

McMahon is arguably the most influential name in pro wrestling history, so he’s not new to the headlines. Still, there seems to be more bad news and engagement surrounding the billionaire than ever before.

This Sportskeeda rumor roundup will cover several key McMahon-related stories over the past week. These headlines include more silent money allegations, a potentially major change from Netflix, an AEW star talking about Vince McMahon, and more.

Below are just a few of the many reports on Vince McMahon over the past week.

#5. Vince McMahon allegedly paid $12 million in secret money

The allegations against Vince McMahon have multiplied in recent days. Initially, McMahon was being investigated for an alleged affair he allegedly had with an employee. He reportedly paid $3 million to keep the affair secret.

It has since been reported by the the wall street journal that Vince has other deals in place with former employees and even a former wrestler. In total, McMahon allegedly paid $12 million in secret money to four different women.

Alleged incidents include Vince McMahon initiating sexual interactions with one woman, engaging in oral sex with another, and one incident of McMahon sending explicit and unsolicited images to a contractor.

As a reminder, WWE and Vince McMahon are under investigation for these alleged incidents and nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

#4. McMahon would be defiant over recent allegations

With such serious allegations against Vincent K. McMahon, many are wondering how he is reacting to the situation. According to Fightful Select, McMahon takes these accusations head-on.

According to the report, Vince was described as “not selling everything” and “defiant”. After the first news of the allegations, McMahon appeared on both SmackDown and RAW. He certainly does not fear the public.

Perhaps his most notable appearance came on the June 17 edition of Friday Night SmackDown. This appearance was her first following public learning of her alleged affair. Reports claim McMahon yelled “F*** ’em!” after returning backstage. His exclamation was meant to refer to the allegations against him.

#3. Netflix reportedly withdrew its upcoming McMahon documentary

The McMahon family dynamic has always been controversial
The McMahon family dynamic has always been controversial

The bad news is linked for the long-time promoter. According to Denise Salcedo, Netflix has pulled its Vince McMahon docuseries, which has been in production for some time. Here is what Denise had to say about it:

“Sources tell me that the Vince McMahon documentary on Netflix has been pulled and is off Netflix’s scheduling spreadsheet. A Netflix source has confirmed that it is no longer on their spreadsheet, another Netflix source said ‘s*** got out of here.'”

Although the docuseries is no longer on the spreadsheet, that doesn’t mean it will never air. However, that seems to be off the table at the moment. Denise followed her comment with another:

“Another source said the project was already ‘deep’ in post-production and that several talent interviews were done months ago and millions were spent. I spoke to one of the producers of the project, but they refused to confirm or deny this story for me.

Netflix has not confirmed this rumor at this time. Still, after seemingly spending millions on the docuseries, the pulled project will likely frustrate everyone involved.

McMahon’s life story is more intriguing than most. Regardless of how this investigation unfolds, there will likely be many more authorized and unauthorized documentaries about the promoter in the future.

#2. WWE sent a memo regarding the latest allegations

Stephanie (left) and Vince (right) McMahon
Stephanie (left) and Vince (right) McMahon

After reports hit of other allegations facing Vince McMahon, WWE issued an internal memo to employees to make it clear that they were cooperating with the ongoing investigation. Below is WWE’s internal memo courtesy of PWInsider:

“The Wall Street Journal published a second article with detailed details of its initial WWE report last month. We want to reiterate that we and our Board of Directors take these allegations seriously…We have cooperated fully with the investigation by our Board of Directors and will continue to do so until its conclusion. Please note that upon its conclusion, WWE management will make themselves available to answer any questions you may have… Thank you.” – WWE (H/T PWInsider)

The internal memo stated that WWE was cooperating with the investigation and that the company was taking the allegations seriously. He also notes that all questions from employees and contractors will be answered after the conclusion of the investigation.

As a publicly traded company, it is important for WWE to maintain an open line of communication with talent, staff and shareholders.

#1. Chris Jericho comments on the McMahon scandal

Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho
Former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho is currently under contract with AEW. Although he worked for the competition, Jericho spent a large part of his career performing in WWE. In World Wrestling Entertainment, he became a star and a world champion several times.

The AEW wrestler and Fozzy frontman recently spoke on the True Geordie podcast. During his interview, Jericho discussed the allegations against his former boss:

“When you watch it, it’s really not illegal,” Chris Jericho said. “He had an affair, paid the lady not to say anything and moved on. It’s almost like, ‘Okay, what?’ People want to jump on it but there’s always an undertone of “it’s struggle. Oh, it’s just wrestling.” (…) It was mutual acknowledgment of the matter, he paid the lady to say nothing, and she took the money. I know Vince really well and it sucks what happened, it sucks that he did it, but is it really anything is going to come of it? I don’t think so.”

Chris Jericho has made it clear that he doesn’t approve of what Vince McMahon did, but he also doesn’t think it will change anything going forward. That being said, the interview was apparently taped before the other three allegations against Vince McMahon came to light.

With news seemingly dropping daily, chances are McMahon’s story will continue to evolve.

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