Triple H Replaces John Laurinaitis As Head of Talent Relations
As the embattled former WWE president continues his burgeoning comeback, there are several people who will be able to fill key roles in the company. Laurinaitis has had many of his duties reduced in recent weeks, but he will likely continue to do a lot of things. One of those duties is talent payroll. He has also been spending more time on the road as a talent.
Paul Levesque replaces John Laurinaitis as head of talent relations
Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque has been reappointed as the new head of talent relations for WWE. The former executive held the same role as the organization before the recent controversies. Levesque’s appointment follows Triple H’s retirement from in-ring competition. The WWE star gave a formal farewell to the company at WrestleMania 38 but has since resumed some work for the company. In June, Triple H addressed the roster and told them that he was back for business reasons.
The news comes as a surprise to fans and wrestling fans alike. The decision to replace Laurinaitis, who had been the head of talent relations at WWE since March 2021, comes after the “hush money” scandal involving Vince McMahon. A Wall Street Journal report stated that Vince McMahon paid a former employee $3 million to cover up an extramarital affair between the two. In the report, Vince McMahon gave Laurinaitis the money like a toy. While the board is investigating the allegations, Vince McMahon has already stepped down as the company’s chairman, and Stephanie McMahon has become the CEO.
Stephanie McMahon’s leave of absence from WWE
Wrestling fans are in for a surprise: World Wrestling Entertainment has announced that Paul “Triple H” Levesque is returning to work for the company as its new head of talent relations. While his job title was previously Executive Vice-President of Global Talent Strategy & Development, it has since been changed to EVP of Talent Relations. While the WWE’s change is not a surprise, the move signals that Laurinaitis is out, as many believed him to be the fall guy in the Vince McMahon hush money scandal.
It’s a big change for WWE, but the change is expected to benefit fans. WWE has always been a hot topic in the entertainment industry, and the recent controversies have made Laurinaitis’ job a little more difficult. However, in a move to keep things on track, WWE has hired a Harvard Law School graduate to serve as its head of talent relations. The new executive will be charged with finding replacements for Laurinaitis, who has been criticized for his actions.
It is unclear whether Laurinaitis will continue to serve on the board. However, he did make several appearances on WWE programming following the controversial episode of the Raw program. In August 2012, Laurinaitis interrupted Triple H and told him to remove Cena from the WWE Championship. Cena then attempted to attack Laurinaitis, who escaped the ring. Laurinaitis also officiated the signing of contracts between CM Punk and John Cena. The two fought backstage, but the former did not submit to Punk’s STF.
McMahon’s alleged 2008 non-disclosure agreement with a former company paralegal
The alleged 2008 non-disclosure agreement between WWE CEO Vince McMahon and a former company paralegal described an alleged consensual relationship between the two, including a $3 million payment for the former’s silence. While the allegations have been widely panned, Vince McMahon has remained a key figure within the company. While he stepped down as chairman and CEO, he was still deeply involved in the creative process and operations of the company. Vince McMahon has appeared in several public appearances as Mr. McMahon, the company’s owner. The world of wrestling is a billion-dollar business, and this is a serious issue for its top stars.
According to documents and people familiar with the situation, McMahon signed the contract to keep the former employee from disclosing their relationship or making critical statements. This came about after a former WWE contractor presented the company with nude photos of the CEO, alleging sexual harassment. The WWE executive agreed to pay the contractor $1 million, and three other employees signed non-disclosure agreements in exchange for confidentiality.
The alleged 2008 non-disclosure agreement between Vince McMahon and the former wrestler was revealed in court this week. The lawsuit alleges that McMahon paid the former firm employee $1 million to keep the information confidential. Vince McMahon’s non-disclosure agreement with the former employee is a legal matter between the WWE and the former employee.