The WWE had its biggest weekend in years. They combined a 2-day Wrestlemania with the news that WWE would merge with UFC through parent company Endeavor.
On the heels of that massive announcement, WWE chairman Vince McMahon sat down for an interview with CNBC alongside Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel.
During the interview, Vince McMahon was asked if his 2022 scandals and accusations of misconduct had any impact on the decision to sell/merge with Endeavor’s UFC. McMahon was adamant that it didn’t.
Saying “I’m always looking into what’s best for our stockholders, what’s best for the company. This is the best thing that’s happened in a long, long time.”
When asked about the role his recent scandals might’ve played, Vince McMahon added “I’ve made mistakes, obviously. Both personally and professionally through my 50-year career.”
McMahon was also asked about his role going forward. Specifically, Vince was asked if he’d remain actively involved in WWE’s creative decisions.
"Yes and no. On a higher level, yes.
In the weeds, no. Can't do that."
– Vince McMahon on if he’ll be involved in WWE creative
(via CNBC) pic.twitter.com/GuKQxLG76j
— Covalent TV (@TheCovalentTV) April 3, 2023
For many wrasslin’ fans watching the interview, it was Vince McMahon’s mustache that stole the show:
Watching Vince McMahon on CNBC. Can’t believe that’s really him. He’s got a “Bobby Valentine sneaking back into the dugout” look. pic.twitter.com/uquJNmtGWY
— Marc Hochman (@MarcHochman) April 3, 2023
You can watch Vince and Ari’s full interview on CNBC here and below.
Vince McMahon described the UFC x WWW x Endeavor merger as the ‘biggest thing’ they’ve ever done. And honestly, he’s probably pretty spot-on with that.
Endeavor is purchasing a 51% stake in WWE which is valued at $9.3 billion. The crossover opportunities here are limitless and fans on both sides of the spectrum are excited for what the future may hold.