By Weston Blasi
Vince McMahon has announced his retirement from the WWE /zigman2/quotes/207109722/composite WWE +0.14% .
The news comes after the WWE announced it’s investigating $12 million in payments given out by former CEO Vince McMahon over the last 16 years to conceal a series of sexual misconduct allegations, according to The Wall Street Journal . In July, World Wrestling Entertainment said it uncovered $14.6 million in “ unrecorded expenses ” paid out to Vince McMahon.
The money was sent to four women that would prohibit them from discussing these claims against McMahon, or their relationships with him. The 76-year old McMahon resigned as the head of WWE earlier this year.
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Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan will be taking over and become co-Chief Executive Officers. McMahon will also serve as Chairwoman of the Board, and Khan will continue to be a board member.
Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince McMahon, had previously worked as the WWE’s chief brand officer.
“Until the conclusion of the investigation into recent allegations, I am honored to assume the role of interim Chairwoman & CEO,” she tweeted in June. “I love @WWE and all it continues to do to entertain billions around the world.”
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Wrestling runs in the family.
As stated above, Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of Vince McMahon. But she is also the fourth generation in the McMahon family to be either a wrestling or boxing promoter. The tradition traces back to her great-grandfather Roderick “Jess” McMahon , grandfather Vincent J. McMahon , as well as her father, Vince K. McMahon
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She is also a former professional wrestler.
Stephanie McMahon had dozens of appearances as a pro wrestler at various WWE events, including WrestleMania and Smackdown. Her WWE storylines and events include “Vengeance 2003” and “1999 Raw,” according to a Bleacher Report article recounting her career, which described her as, “a scavenger, waiting for someone else to fell the prey before lunging at it.”
She is married to a pro wrestler .
Stephanie McMahon has been married to WWE wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque since 2003. It was a case of life imitating art, as McMahon and Triple H had an “on-screen” romance, which culminated in them getting married for a WWE event in 1999.