Fans have been buzzing with speculation regarding Stephanie McMahon’s potential future with WWE after her surprise appearance at WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday.

During the event, McMahon took to the stage to deliver a promo, expressing her privilege of being present at every WrestleMania and highlighting that this year marked the first-ever event of the Paul Levesque era. She warmly welcomed everyone to the grand spectacle.

This unexpected appearance follows McMahon’s announcement in January 2023 that she had resigned from her executive role as Chairwoman and co-CEO of WWE. Her departure coincided with Vince McMahon’s reinstatement, alongside George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, to the Board of Directors.

During the post-WrestleMania 40 press conference, Triple H addressed McMahon’s appearance when asked about it. However, internally, WWE remained discreet about the matter.


According to reports from Pwinsider, McMahon’s appearance does not signify an official return to the company in any capacity. Instead, it was a gesture of support for the company’s new era under her husband’s leadership. It was viewed as McMahon putting her personal stamp of approval on WWE’s direction, rather than the beginning of her return for storylines or behind-the-scenes duties.

The report emphasized that McMahon is always welcome to return in the future, but her appearance at WrestleMania XL was not indicative of any imminent comeback.

It’s also worth mentioning that WWE made efforts to conceal Stephanie McMahon’s comeback from the company’s insiders. Internally, Stephanie McMahon’s address was treated as highly confidential, even labeled as a Triple H presentation on the schedules. Despite the clandestine nature of her presence, she was warmly welcomed backstage, highlighting her consistent positive reputation within the company.

How do you interpret Stephanie McMahon’s surprise appearance at WrestleMania 40, considering her previous departure from WWE’s executive role? Let us know in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

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