WrestleMania XL is shaping up to be a historic event for WWE, marking the first time in the company’s history that Vince McMahon will not be involved in any capacity. And backstage, excitement is palpable among talent and staff.

Fightful Select has reported that WrestleMania XL will be Vince McMahon’s first WrestleMania without any influence, a fact that has stirred enthusiasm behind the scenes. Last year, leading up to WrestleMania 39, McMahon reportedly reinserted himself into company affairs, impacting creative plans and making last-minute adjustments. However, this year’s WrestleMania is devoid of McMahon’s direct or indirect involvement.

During WrestleMania 39 Weekend, McMahon’s presence and influence were strongly felt, with reports of him altering planned match outcomes and exerting his preferences. Despite some decisions being made well in advance, such as Roman Reigns retaining the WWE Universal Championship against Cody Rhodes in the main event of night two, McMahon’s influence was undeniable.

For WrestleMania XL, McMahon’s absence from creative decisions is striking. Executives within WWE have expressed relief, believing there is no longer a need to cater to McMahon’s creative inclinations. They speculate that McMahon is preoccupied with real-life issues, including legal matters like the Janel Grant lawsuit.


This significant shift has created an atmosphere of excitement backstage, with talent feeling liberated from the fear of McMahon’s last-minute alterations. Furthermore, there are no expectations of McMahon making an appearance at the event this weekend.

The anticipation extends beyond WrestleMania XL to the post-WrestleMania episode of Monday Night Raw on April 8, 2024. Many backstage feel that the Raw After WrestleMania has lost its luster in recent years due to McMahon’s interference. However, with McMahon’s absence, there is hope that the event will return to its former glory as a must-see spectacle.

Join us here at Ringside News for live coverage of WrestleMania XL results from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, as WWE prepares for this groundbreaking event and the potential resurgence of the Raw After WrestleMania.

How do you feel about the reported absence of Vince McMahon’s influence on this year’s WrestleMania event? Are you excited about the potential changes and the prospect of a “Vince-free” atmosphere backstage? Let us know in the comments.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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