Stephanie McMahon made a surprise appearance at WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday, marking a notable return to the wrestling scene after her departure from an executive role within the company in 2023.

In 2023, Stephanie announced her resignation as Chairwoman and co-CEO of WWE, decision made following her father Vince McMahon’s actions. Vince, who had voted himself back to the Board of Directors before agreeing to WWE’s acquisition by Endeavor and subsequent merger with the UFC to form the TKO Holdings Group, faced allegations in a lawsuit brought forth by former WWE employee Janel Grant. Vince ultimately resigned from all roles within TKO, including Executive Chairman and the Board of Directors, effectively concluding his tenure.

During her appearance at WrestleMania 40 Sunday, Stephanie McMahon opened the show with a promo, reflecting on her history with the event and acknowledging the significant shift ushered in by Paul Levesque’s era.

Stephanie warmly welcomed everyone to WrestleMania, setting the stage for an unforgettable night under the new leadership.


Stephanie made a notable appearance at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame event, sporting an ECW beret throughout. Paul Heyman acknowledged her significant contributions to the industry and expressed his admiration, even expressing a desire for his daughter to follow Stephanie’s example as a role model.

What are your thoughts on Stephanie McMahon’s surprise appearance at WrestleMania 40 Sunday, especially considering her departure from her executive role within the company in 2023? How do you perceive her promo and its implications for the future direction of WWE under Paul Levesque’s leadership? Let us know in the comments.

Steve Carrier

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