'SHAME!': Internet shocked as scandal-hit Vince McMahon cheered at SmackDown opening
Vince McMahon is currently under fire for reportedly paying a whopping $3million in hush money to cover up an affair with an employee
WWE boss Vince McMahon has been under fire ever since it has been reported that he paid a whopping $ 3 million in hush money to cover up an affair with an employee. It was earlier reported that the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) had stepped down voluntarily from his duties as his board of directors investigated him for the alleged misconduct.
However, to everyone’s surprise, the 76-year-old returned to the ring with a short speech during the latest episode of the SmackDown. Social media users were left shocked after Vince McMahon got a rousing welcome at the event. The Internet slammed McMahon for the same whereas, others joked about how people thought he would address the controversy. Amid the controversy, it has been reported that Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie McMahon will be acting as interim CEO of WWE.
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‘It is a privilege as always to stand before you’
Leaving the Internet shocked, Vince McMahon got thundering applause as he took over the mic saying, “It is a privilege as always to stand before you, the WWE Universe, especially in this ring in Minnesota." He then spoke about the importance of the WWE tagline, saying "Then, Now, Forever, and the most important word is together. Welcome to SmackDown!"
A Special Committee of the Board of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE) is investigating McMahon after uncovering a secret $3 million settlement between McMahon and his former female employee with whom he reportedly had a secret affair. In addition to McMahon, WWE's investigation has also implicated John Laurenitis, the company's General Manager of Talent Relations as reported by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, June 15. In a statement released by WWE, McMahon said, “I have pledged my complete cooperation to the investigation by the Special Committee, and I will do everything possible to support the investigation. I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are."
Vince McMahon’s opening segment on SmackDownpic.twitter.com/TM9lK6Qads— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) June 18, 2022
‘Shame on the people actually cheering him’
Reacting to McMahon making a comeback to SmackDown, one user joked, ‘Vince McMahon ain’t say a damn thing he came out said welcome to smack down.” Another user posted, “I was heartbroken when I got released. I’m so glad I don’t work there now.” One trolled the WWE CEO saying, “Welp…he got people watching.” The next one joked, “People in the comments really thought Vince McMahon was going to address the drama? This must be their first-time watching WWE.”
Meanwhile, one shared, “What a utter waste of time. I woke up for this s**t. Shame on the people actually cheering him.” One individual asserted, “I thought he was coming out to resign after his affair came to light that we all knew about for years.” Another posted, “The big news is the warm welcome he received. It makes me embarrassed to claim being a wrestling fan…and I was around in the 80s.” Whereas, one tweeted, “Quite possibly one of the most evil human beings to walk the planet but goddamn he’s a legend man.” One user concluded, “Vince McMahon comes out to say welcome to smack down what the hell was that.”
VINCE MCMAHON AINT SAY A DAMN THING 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣HE CAME OUT SAID WELCOME TO SMACK DOWN— CROSS PRX RIVERA (@prci023) June 18, 2022
I was heartbroken when I got released.— Matthew Rehwoldt (@DramaKingMatt) June 18, 2022
I’m so glad I don’t work there now.
Welp…he got people watching 🤣💀 pic.twitter.com/qJDSYGFhNS— Renee Michelle 💋 レネー ミッシェル (@1ReneeMichelle) June 18, 2022
People in the comments really thought Vince McMahon was going to address the drama? This must be their first time watching WWE. pic.twitter.com/i20GWKePmU— Vincent "Heartbreak" Tucker (@IamHeartbreak_) June 18, 2022
What a utter waste of time. I woke up for this shit. Shame on the people actually cheering him.— ZJ16 (@phil8698) June 18, 2022
I thought he was coming out to resign after his affair came to light that we all knew about for years.— Chris (@SportFan1983) June 18, 2022
The big news is the warm welcome he received. It makes me embarrassed to claim being a wrestling fan…and I was around in the 80s.— J_Jah_koostix_ATL (@jah_atl) June 18, 2022
Quite possibly one of the most evil human beings to walk the planet but goddamn he’s a legend man 😭😭😭— Watson J. (@WilliamJonson16) June 18, 2022
Vince McMahon comes out to say welcome to smack down 😂 what the hell was that— Bill lumbergh (@Billlumbergh23) June 18, 2022