Internal Memo Sent To WWE Talent Regarding Vince McMahon's Retirement

The wrestling world is suddenly reeling from Vince McMahon officially announcing his retirement, and Wrestling Inc. has now acquired a copy of an internal memo that the former WWE CEO sent to the wrestling talent on WWE's roster, one of whom verified the document's authenticity. The memo reads as follows:

To all WWE Superstars: as I approach 77 years old (OMG am I really that old?), I feel it's time for me to retire. I've thoroughly enjoyed my passion, wisdom, and love of the business with you. No longer will you see the smiling, docile, level-headed, calm presence at Gorilla every week.

Your dedication to WWE will ensure that our company will continue to grow and prosper. Our organization is nothing without you. You are WWE's only natural resource, chosen to perform in front of a global audience.

You are all WWE Global Ambassadors. Carry the WWE flag wherever you go. Wave it high and proud. And bust your ass to be all you can be as a persn and as a performer.

One other thing — I won't be with you, but I'll be watching. Remember to keep your hands up, grab hold, and sell. Btw, SmackDown airs live tonight at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central on FOX.

Vince

This memo follows the announcement earlier today that Paul Levesque, McMahon's son-in-law, would return to his role as EVP of Talent Relations as he replaces John Laurinaitis in the position. McMahon makes his official exit after initially stepping away from his duties as WWE CEO and chairman following allegations of "hush money" payments paid to former WWE employees concerning sexual misconduct accusations. His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, replaced him in the interim, but no official announcement has been made as to if she has taken over the role on a full-time basis. Neither McMahon nor longtime employee Kevin Dunn, were at last week's "WWE SmackDown" taping.

Wrestling Inc. will keep you updated as this story develops.

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