This past calendar year has been a roller coaster for Vince McMahon. March 2022 saw the first signs of alleged misconduct from the then WWE boss, as anonymous emails reached the WWE Board of Directors with information about what could lead to a full internal investigation. Things continued to heat up over the subsequent months, eventually culminating in Vince relinquishing his positions with the company in June and retiring completely from the company the following month. This retirement would last just over six months, as Vince returned to the board of directors this past January, resuming his duties as chairman following the resignation of then-WWE President and Co-CEO Stephanie McMahon.
Talking to AP NewsJohn Cena broke his silence about the complicated situation surrounding his longtime boss, confirming that he still loves Vince despite his mistakes.
Cena said, “Everyone has the right to have their point of view. I have the right to have a point of view. When you love someone, you idealize them just the way they are.” “We all make mistakes, we all have bad decisions. Lord knows I’ve made my own set of bad choices. That doesn’t mean I won’t like someone. There’s no way I can go on the record and say I don’t like Vince McMahon.”
Vince’s WWE return came alongside an intention to sell the company, which has been an ongoing process since his return to the board of directors. Aside from clamoring suitors like Amazon or the Saudi Public Investment Fund, there was no clear frontrunner for what the industry giant would pay Vince’s high asking price for the global leader in sports entertainment.
“That’s way above my salary. I just don’t know what’s going on with that,” Cena said when asked about the potential WWE sale. “I love Vince McMahon. He’s everything you could want in a great friend, business partner, father, mentor. I love the guy. But his business dealings are his business and what he shares with me, that’s between us. I don’t know what’s going on with the corporate structure in WWE.” Or the creative direction of WWE, but when I’m there as an actor, it’s The Roman Reigns Show. In my opinion, it should be in the conversation, and in my mind, it’s the greatest of all.”
As alluded to, Cena is currently in WWE as an actor, where he will challenge Austin Theory for the WWE United States Title at WWE WrestleMania 39 This April.
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