Exclusive: Ricochet Discusses Vince McMahon’s Involvement With Current WWE Product

It has been a talking point among wrestling fans since WrestleMania weekend. Just how much is Vince McMahon involved with WWE creative? Various stories have done the rounds over the last few months and now Ricochet has shared some light on the matter.

McMahon ‘retired’ last summer amid an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct charges. However, by the new year, McMahon was back in control, installing himself as executive chairman in early January. The 77-year-old promoter reshaped the WWE’s board of director’s amid widespread talk of a potential sale.

Three months later and a deal was complete. Endeavour completed a merger of WWE and UFC the day after WrestleMania 39. It was the end of an era. The first time in history that WWE, in any of its iterations, would not be owned by a McMahon. But that didn’t mean Vince was out of the picture. Far from it.

Instead, McMahon was kept on as executive chairman of the new company, but would not be ‘in the weeds’ when it came to the day-to-day creative associates with Raw and SmackDown, as he revealed in an interview with CNBC shortly after the sale was confirmed on 3rd April.

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However, McMahon was reportedly in the weeds during Monday Night Raw that same night, in Los Angeles. The former CEO was back in gorilla position backstage, changing the script multiple times as the night wore on.

Since then, though, the former ECW Champion has kept his distance, opting to work remotely. Although it has been reported several times that he has been altering scripts for Raw and SmackDown. The extent to which is yet to be confirmed as knowledge of his day-to-day involvement remains somewhat of a mystery.

Vince’s Involvement In Creative Explained

In an exclusive interview with SPORF, former Intercontinental and United States champion Ricochet revealed more about McMahon’s current involvement, while discussing how Chief Content Officer Triple H has been handling creative over the last year since McMahon’s initial retirement and how it differs from his previous running of the NXT brand.

“Vince is still involved and Vince is still talked to. He’s still someone that everyone looks to, especially with creative. So he’s got his fingers in everything too.

“I think Triple H and everybody in creative is just trying to do the best they can in bringing out the best in who they have. They’re trying to work to everyone’s strengths. I think that’s something that Triple H has always done.

“They want to grow the brand as much as possible. Whether it’s Raw or SmackDown or NXT. They’re trying to highlight the strengths of everybody. I think it’s been great so far.

“Everybody sees the popularity of the brand now, so they just want to expand it as much as possible. I think what they’ve been doing recently with everybody has been great. Everybody’s been going out there and giving it their all.”

Ricochet – The Next Mr.Money In The Bank?

The Raw superstar thrived under Triple H’s leadership on NXT during his time with the black and gold brand between 2018-19. Ricochet would become the second ever NXT North American Champion and one half of the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, alongside Aleister Black.

Since the 14 time World Champion took over creative responsibilities and talent relations, Ricochet has been given a more solid focus than he had under McMahon. He lifted the SmackDown World Cup in December and formed a tag team with Braun Strowman, which was proving popular until Strowman suffered an injury recently.

As part of the upcoming men’s Money In The Bank ladder match, taking place at the titular show on Saturday 1st July in London, Ricochet will be hoping to take his progress under Triple H one step further. Could a World Heavyweight Championship cash-in be in the former IC Champ’s future?

WWE Money In The Bank is streaming live on Peacock and the WWE Network on Saturday 1st July

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