Stephanie McMahon has been a longstanding and influential figure in WWE for many years. Her recent departure from the co-CEO position was a notable change in her level of involvement with the company. Despite stepping back, there has been a lot of speculation and anticipation about her possible return, especially after her surprise appearance at WrestleMania 40.

WrestleMania 40 commenced with Stephanie McMahon at the forefront, delivering a poignant promo that reminisced about her past experiences with the event while acknowledging the transformative impact of Paul Levesque’s leadership.

During her address, Stephanie extended a heartfelt welcome to all in attendance, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening under the guidance of new leadership.

On the Behind The Turnbuckle podcast, Jonathan Coachman commented on Stephanie McMahon’s return while discussing Paul Heyman’s Hall of Fame speech. He pointed out the significance of Stephanie sitting next to Triple H while Paul Heyman referred to himself as a “Paul Levesque guy.” Coachman interpreted this as a message directed towards Stephanie’s father.


Coachman noted how surprising it was to see Stephanie seated next to Triple H, suggesting it could indicate an endorsement of her husband’s leadership and vision for the company.

“When he [Paul Heyman] said ‘Paul Levesque guy,’ who was sitting next to Paul Levesque aka Triple H in the front row? [Stephanie McMahon.] That shocked me.”

The former WWE star added Stephanie appearing back on WWE programming was a clear and calculated message to Vince McMahon.

“And when Stephanie sat there next to Triple H, with Triple H getting his flowers, I thought that was a very clear message to her father that I’m not you and you’re not going to make me and my brother Shane, who’s been out of the business for several years, run away because she quit like a year ago, Tommy. And to me, that was the more powerful statement than what Paul Heyman did. It was Stephanie sitting there. And when we haven’t seen her for a year and you picked that night to come back, didn’t you think that was calculated?”

Stephanie McMahon’s appearance at WrestleMania 40 was also kept a secret. Nevertheless, we will have to wait and see if McMahon will ever return to WWE television again.

Were you shocked to see Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 40 after so long? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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