• John Laurinaitis Expected To Lose His WWE Job
According to the The Wall Street Journal, WWE’s board is investigating a $3 million “hush-money settlement”, that Vince McMahon paid to a former female WWE employee over an alleged affair between them.
This ex-female employee was hired by WWE in 2019 as a paralegal. The January 2022 separation agreement doesn’t allow this ex-employee to discuss her relationship with Vince or disparage him.
WWE’s board began this investigation in April and a lot of old non-disclosure agreements were opened, which involved claims by multiple ex-WWE female employees of misconduct by Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis (Head of WWE Talent Relations).
WWE’s board’s 8 independent directors hired Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (New York-based law firm) to conduct the investigation. They found out that Vince used his personal funds to pay this ex-employee.
A WWE Spokesperson said the company is fully cooperating with the board’s inquiry and that Vince’s relationship with the ex-employee was consensual.
Jerry McDevitt (Vince’s attorney) said that the ex-employee didn’t make any claims of harassment against Mr. McMahon and that “WWE did not pay any money” to her “on her departure”.
WWE’s board members learned about this $3 million settlement after they received anonymous emails.
The 1st email they received was on March 30, 2022, where a friend of this ex-WWE paralegal claimed that WWE hired the paralegal at a salary of $100,000 at first, but her salary increased to $200,000 after Vince began a $exual relationship with her.
The email also stated that Vince “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis. The email also read:
“My friend was so scared so she quit after Vince McMahon and lawyer Jerry paid her millions of dollars to shut up.”
After the ex-paralegal signed her non-disclosure agreement, she was paid $1 million upfront and the rest $2 million will be paid over a period of 5 years.
The ex-paralegal is 41-years-old and told other employees in WWE that she faced a lot of hard times and needed the extra money, as her career got sidetracked after she tended to a sick parent.
In 2021, she was made an assistant to Laurinaitis.
According to Fightful Select, Laurinaitis is expected to lose his job:
“One former office employee said they believe this will be a ‘domino effect’ and believes Vince McMahon will fight hard to stay, but doesn’t see a situation in which Laurinaitis doesn’t resign.”
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• Old School WWF Legend Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 63rd birthday of Old School WWF Legend The Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig).
The Ultimate Warrior wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1987 till 1991 and then again in 1992 and 1996.
The by far biggest moment of Warrior’s entire career came in the main event of the WrestleMania VI PPV in 1990, when he defeated “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan clean in the middle of the ring to become the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion.
In 2014, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Linda McMahon, just a few days before he passed away.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † R.I.P.
June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014