Vince McMahon has been embroiled in an ongoing scandal over hush money payments he made to various women who worked for WWE. McMahon had varying degrees of intimate involvement and then paid those employees not to talk about it. A second wave of reporting recently came out with some new revelations, and McMahon hasn’t been reacting the way he usually does in the face of controversy.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the media coverage of the Vince McMahon hush money scandal. Several mainstream outlets worked on stories, but thus far, only the Wall Street Journal has dug up anything significant. HBO Real Sports is working on a piece about McMahon, and in the past, McMahon would not hesitate to appear on such a show. With the current scandal, that approach has changed.

You know, I mean, you’ve got all these heavy hitters that have written about it and they’re the only ones who have really broken what I would call “new news” on the thing, and they’re still working on it too. But, maybe HBO Real Sports will. But, they’re more of a television visual thing, so I think that they are probably looking for interviews with different people and I think I know what the story will be and they certainly will invite Vince on as they have in the past in situations like this.

I don’t think Vince does this one. You know, in the past he did. I don’t think this time he does it, because they’ve been… Usually, Vince… That’s the one thing that’s been very different about this story is that usually when Vince is accused, Vince will lash back and fight back and Vince has been very quiet. The big thing is he tries to discredit the reporters and he has not at all here. In fact, even in the internal memos, they never say anything negative about the reporters.

They say there’s a story and they’re taking the allegations very seriously and usually, Vince will go after anyone who… The people who speak against him and the reporters and the publication. I know he can’t really go after the Wall Street Journal, for obvious reasons, because of their affiliation with Fox and everything, he can’t do that, but he can go against the reporters and he has not and that to me has been a very interesting and telling part of the story.”

Vince McMahon typically likes to take on problems head-on. This time, he has been laying low and keeping the insults to himself. There could be a variety of reasons for the behavior change, but there’s something different about McMahon’s reaction to this scandal versus previous ones.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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