Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 8, 2022
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According to Mike Johnson, the head of talent relations is no longer with the company.

The Wall Street Journal reported on alleged payments made by Vince McMahon to conceal his true identity.

The WSJ's Joe Palazzolo, Ted Mann and JoeFlint reported on July 8 that the board of the World Wrestling Entertainment was looking into the possibility of a sexual relationship with a paralegal. The non-disclosure agreement was being looked at by the board.

The Wall Street Journal reported on June 17 that McMahon and Laurinaitis were being investigated by the company. According to Palazzolo, Mann andFlint, the 60-year-old had been placed on administrative leave prior to the severing of ties with World Wrestling Entertainment.

There has been upheaval within the company.

McMahon stepped back temporarily from his CEO and chairman duties as the investigation was ongoing, but abruptly announced his retirement on July 22.

Vince McMahon @VinceMcMahon

At 77, time for me to retire. Thank you, WWE Universe.

Then. Now. Forever. Together. #WWE #thankful

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McMahon's daughter and son-in-law will be co-CEOs, with McMahon's daughter taking over as chairwoman of the board. Vince had been in charge of the creative team before he retired.

Following the demise of WCW, Laurinaitis joined World Wrestling Entertainment. In 2007, he was promoted to senior vice president of talent relations.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the head of talent relations was returning.

Johnny Ace played the role of the Raw general manager while he was on the show. He won the main event of Over The Limit in 2012 and was able to return to the ring.