It’s been a few months since the Vince McMahon hush money scandal that rocked the pro wrestling world. The entire fallout is still going on up to this current, and plenty of people have their opinions on the matter. Now a legend in the industry has his thought regarding the scandal.
Wrestling Inc. spoke to WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long, who was an on-air authority for years in WWE on the SmackDown brand, said the circumstances surrounding McMahon’s abrupt resignation surprised him. Long claims that he had no first-hand knowledge of the alleged misconduct.
“I’ve never experienced none of that. When this came out about Vince and stuff, it was really a shock to me.”
“To know him — and I guess I didn’t know him — but, I mean, to be around him as long as I was and to just see how professional and how business he was, I’m saying I just would have never thought that.”
Long also speculated on how McMahon is dealing with his fall from grace, believing that his exit from the leadership role “was probably hurting him more than anything else.” Long doesn’t have any positive feelings about former Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, who was removed from his position in the wake of the scandal.
“I never will forget that [WWE commentator] Michael Cole told me one time that wrestling was Vince’s life,” he said. “I was on Vince’s plane at the time and Michael Cole told me that Vince will talk about wrestling when we take off and he will talk about it until we land. And that’s exactly what he did. We talked about wrestling that whole flight. So, that’s why I think him being away is, like I said, he’s been doing this for so many years, so to step away like that it’s got to take a lot out of it.”
“With John Laurinaitis, it’s karma,” Long said. “Karma will come back to get you. Laurinaitis was never a big fan of mine. He was laughing and grinning in my face, but he hated my guts.”
Everyone who had some involvement like Teddy is speaking out and will continue to do so for a long time. The scandal did change WWE forever. However, the company should learn from its mistakes in the future.
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