WWE News REPORT: WWE in Transition - Jericho identifies big changes behind-the-scenes from McMahon to Hunter, will McMahon retire as WWE CEO or shift to a different role?, more
Feb 27, 2013 - 2:03:57 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
During WWE CEO Vince McMahon's current TV return, McMahon looks more like a grandfatherly, elder statesman figure, especially in comparison to a decade ago. This is also reflected behind-the-scenes, where Triple H is handling more corporate duties, according to WWE part-time star Chris Jericho.
Jericho noted in an interview on the MLW.com podcast that Hunter negotiated Jericho's deal to return to WWE for his current run that began at the Royal Rumble.
"I didn't talk with Vince at all and I'd always talked to Vince about any deal I ever had," Jericho said. "Triple H is pretty much the boss, although Vince is always going to be the boss. But, Triple H is in charge of more and more and more and developmental is a big part of that."
Jericho predicted that McMahon will eventually slide into a "consultant" role.
"We're in a transitional period right now between bosses," Jericho said. "Vince is handing the reigns
over to Triple H and Triple H has a lot of responsibilities and a lot of power now and it's going to keep increasing because eventually Vince is going to give it up and stop."
Jericho added, "I don't know if he'll (Vince) do it until he dies. I think over the next two or three years Triple H will be making most of the big decisions and Vince will be brought on as a consultant."
Jericho noted strong personality differences with Hunter two decades ago, but now he considers Hunter a "pretty good friend." He also believes that Hunter is the right person for the job eventually heading up WWE.
"I'll be completely flatly honest, I think he's the right guy to take over the company," Jericho said. "I think he's prepared for it. He's learning a lot about how to be the corporate guy. There's so much more than just calling finishes and signing guys. He's got to run the whole corporate side of it. Go to all the meetings, do all that stuff. I think it's in very good hands if Vince ever retires or passes away."
On Thursday, WWE reports Fourth Quarter 2012 and year-end earnings results, then Vince McMahon will then host the quarterly conference call with investors. Perhaps not until Hunter's name is on the press release hosting future conference calls will the transformation be complete.
[ LINK: Jericho's conversation with former WCW wrestler Konnan can be heard here at former WWE Creative writer Court Baurer's podcast at MLW.com ]
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