Vince McMahon Talks WWE Longevity, FOX TV Deal & More!

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 05/14/19

Variety recently spoke to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in a very rare interview, and he addressed a number of topics, including critics of WWE’s grueling travel schedule and the upcoming move for Smackdown Live to the FOX Network.

Additionally, the article also revealed that Facebook was in the running for Smackdown before FOX became its new broadcasting home. Also, Vince McMahon stated on potentially selling a piece of the company, “We’re open for business,” but he didn’t add anything further. Below are some highlights from the article.

Vince McMahon on the WWE: “So few people understand what we do and how we do it. We’re different than anything else that’s out there. The respect factor is here, and now it’s global.”

His thoughts on the new FOX TV deal: “WWE talent will be appearing on [Fox] programming. It’s going to be a totally integrated approach. We’ve never had a platform like this in terms of promotion. Fox is going to go all-in, and they’re great promoters. NBCU is going to step up as well to the equivalent of what Fox is going to do.”

Vince McMahon claiming WWE talent can take a break and return without any repercussions: “Anybody who wants time off can get time off. That’s easy. In addition to that, it’s easy to weave a talent in and out of a storyline. If they get injured, you’re not expecting that. Or if they have a family matter. Our characters are real people with real problems. It’s a revolving situation where this talent will work these dates, that talent will work those dates.”

McMahon on WWE’s longevity: “I liken it to the military. At the end of the day I’ve got these ribbons and all these medals, and I wake up the next morning, and every one of them is gone. You have to earn everybody’s respect every day, all over again, and I don’t take it for granted.”