Vince McMahon was part of quite a few headlines back in June after it was revealed that he secretly paid $3 million as a settlement to a departing employee. McMahon was under investigation right after this, and he had to retire. Chris Jericho still has a very high opinion of McMaohon.

It was later discovered that McMahon also paid $12 million in hush money to many women over the last two decades, In the end, this proved to be the nail in the coffin for McMahon as he retried right after this.

In fact, an additional $5 million dollars of unrecorded expenses were linked to Vince McMahon. The investigation ended up costing WWE around $10 million as well.

While speaking with Swerve Strickland and Monteasy on the Swerve City podcast, Chris Jericho was asked about Vince McMahon’s retirement and the changes in WWE. Jericho stated that McMahon is a once-in-a-generation genius.

“I can go back working for him for 17-18 years. Obviously, there are Vince-isms and Vince-foibles that don’t make sense, but I did learn a lot about the psychology of the business and how to be a star, how to conduct yourself, how to be a true main eventer and money draw. I think the pros, if that’s the right word, the pros of Vince leaving WWE will be seen very quickly. There are a lot of changes right off the bat, very refreshing. Lots of in-ring time. The cons of Vince leaving won’t be felt for a few months, maybe more, six months, a year.

There are a lot of things that Vince did, little things, and I know people bag on him for his recent booking, and obviously there was a habit he had, but the guys who are true main event stars are legit stars. Legit stars. You can spot them from a mile away. Look at the difference between Drew McIntyre now, prior to the last run he had. Vince worked with him to make him a top guy and top star. Same with Roman (Reigns). Completely different now than it was before he turned heel. Brock as a babyface, I can tell Vince worked with him as being a babyface. You can spot it. I can see it. Tough guys usually don’t want to smile.

Triple H never really wanted to smile. Babyfaces smile. That’s part of being a badass, you open that door of personality. A lot of those guys are working in Vince’s image. Steph [Stephanie McMahon] has obviously been trained from day one. Hunter has been trained from day one. All of Vince’s principals will probably still be used, but there is something to be said, I can be in a band with Eddie Van Halen and we’re in Van Halen, he’s the greatest guitar player in the world.

He quits Van Halen, I bring in Steve Vai, who is just as good of a player, but he’s not Eddie Van Halen, he’s not a genius in the same way. Vince is a once in a generation genius. People can watch this and say, ‘You’re standing up for him,’ I’m not saying anything outside the ring or whatever, I’m just saying, from what I learned about the business from him and Pat Patterson, another genius. Vince learned from Pat too. Learning in that era, it’s something that will end up hurting in the long run, by no fault of anybody’s own, just time moves on. That’s one of those guys that saw the business differently from anybody else. It’d be great if he would still be able to be there to consult, but I don’t think Vince is going to consult anything. When he decided to leave or was asked to leave, whatever the story is, I don’t think he can be a guy that can hang around on the outskirts. He’s gonna have to go and find something else he loves to do.”

Kurt Angle also doubts Vince McMahon has retired from WWE for good. Triple H is clearly the head of WWE Creative, and that’s all that matters. We will have to wait and see how WWE will keep on introducing changes in the coming months.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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