Vince McMahon, the former owner of WWE, showed up at the Tyson Fury fight with a cane. He assumed the position of executive chairman of the firm after WWE and UFC combined under the new TKO name after Endeavor was acquired last month. McMahon was seen traveling to the Saudi Arabian venue.
Boxing champion Tyson Fury is in Riyadh to fight Francis Ngannou, and he has the backing of prominent members of the pro wrestling scene. WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker accompanied 78-year-old billionaire Vince McMahon, who was spotted using a walking stick, on the red carpet.
The two gentlemen looked appropriate for the occasion. According to certain reports, McMahon had back surgery in the summer.
Rare appearance of Vince McMahon
Styled in a dark suit, blue tie, and white shirt, Vince McMahon flashed his signature jet-black hair and a sliver of a mustache.
Since the merger announcement in April, Vince McMahon has rarely been seen in an official capacity; hence, his appearance at the Tyson Fury bout was one of his rare public appearances. One further instance of this was when TKO went public on the New York Stock Exchange.
In July 2022, Vince McMahon announced his temporary retirement owing to claims of receiving hush money and engaging in sexual misconduct. But earlier this year, he joined the board of directors once more.
In addition to having more control over what was broadcast on WWE television, Vince McMahon was instrumental in making the merger possible. But according to recent sources, Triple H, Paul Levesque, is in complete charge of WWE’s creative direction.
Conversely, The Undertaker continued to wear his trademark all-black outfit. Tyson Fury is connected to the professional wrestling industry as well. He defeated Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia in November 2019, and he participated in the main event of Clash at the Castle in Cardiff in September 2022.
McMahon will participate in TV rights agreements for Raw and NXT
Vince McMahon will continue to be involved in the discussions for the forthcoming TV rights deals for NXT and Raw in his capacity as executive chairman. SmackDown’s move to the USA Network in the US in 2024 has been confirmed.
Vince McMahon discussed his close working relationship with UFC President Dana White and how the two are now under the same umbrella while at the Tyson Fury bout. “We’re good businessmen and partners,” he said, highlighting the fact that prosperous businesspeople are skilled communicators. The people in attendance laughed at this remark.
Undertaker made a lighthearted comparison between Vince McMahon and Dana White, pointing out that both are strong businessmen who don’t hold back. Undertaker agreed, chuckling, to McMahon’s joking assertion that he was the better businessman. “Oh yeah, no doubt.”
More about Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon has taken part in a number of WWE-related projects. He unveiled the WWE Network, a paid video-on-demand streaming service, in 2014. In addition, he is in charge of multiple other WWE multimedia divisions and a professional wrestling training center.
In addition to his career in professional wrestling, McMahon was active in American football as well. He co-owned the XFL, which he led twice (in 2001 and 2020). Sadly, the XFL failed after just one season in both cases. Along with that, he was the leader of the short-lived World Bodybuilding Federation and co-owner of the apparel company Tapout.
Vince McMahon resigned as CEO and chairman of WWE in June 2022 over claims of hush-money deals linked to suspected affairs with former WWE employees. Stephanie McMahon, his daughter, took over in a temporary capacity. The next month, McMahon announced his WWE retirement. But in January 2023, he returned to WWE as executive chairman.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) parent company, Endeavor Group Holdings, and WWE announced a merger in April. It was confirmed that McMahon will serve as the combined company’s executive chairman.