VINCE McMAHON'S WWE retirement caused a variety of different reactions backstage.

McMahon, 76, rolled credits on his career, which marked the end of an era that saw him dominating the world of professional wrestling ever since he bought the company in 1982 from his father Vince Sr.


The American businessman will remain WWE's majority shareholder but steps away as head of creative and leaves his daughter Stephanie in charge as Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside co-CEO Nick Khan.

He husband and wrestling legend Triple H has also returned as Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations.

Backstage reaction from talent and employees ranged from shock to optimism.

According to Fightful, an "all hands on deck" meeting is on the cards internally.

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One member of talent struggled to accept the news and said they'd believe it once McMahon stops appearing at shows.

Another joked that they had expected him to be at WWE's helm forever and only pass the torch after his death.

According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, the locker room reaction has been "pretty positive".

Johnson added that some were surprised but many are ecstatic over the thought of "new energy" coming to WWE's creative team.

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Some of the younger wrestlers reportedly think "a younger vision creatively will help the company connect better with the overall audience".

Some wanted the opportunity to bid farewell to McMahon "face to face".

This comes amid an investigation after the Wall Street Journal claimed the long-serving chairman allegedly offered millions in hush money payments to WWE employees and contractors for decades.

That ranged from consensual affairs to unwanted sexual advances.

After the initial report, he temporarily stepped down from his role as chairman and CEO while Stephanie took over.

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