WWE Chief Executive Officer Nick Khan spent an hour with Bill Simmons of The Ringer to discuss the crazy start of 2023 which saw the return of Vince McMahon.
Khan said that he was not surprised that Vince returned and was expecting him to return, saying that anyone who thought he was done for good doesn’t really know him. He admitted he kept up with McMahon every month since he resigned in July and enjoyed the freedom that he, Stephanie, and Triple H were given to run things their own way during his absence.
Khan noted that Vince was happy to have a break but that ended quickly and by December he was ready to get back into action. Asked about the family dynamics and the resignation of Stephanie, Nick said that he stays away from the family issues but had great things to say about Stephanie and didn’t really shut the door on her, hinting that she could return down the road.
The CEO also touched on the rumors of the sale of the company to the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, confirming that they were 100% fake and 100% made up.
Khan said that they are just starting the process but it should not be a lengthy one and also said that there is a possibility of Vince only selling part of the company.
“When he’s using the term strategic alternative, it’s not to be cute. It’s basically we’re looking at everything,” Khan told Simmons.
Addressing AEW and if they feel threatened by them, Khan responded in the negative. He said he never met Tony Khan but did meet his father once as they sat side-by-side at an event.
“I don’t care what anyone else is doing. I care what we’re doing,” Khan said. “And as long as we can have the best product on with the best talent and the best writers, I think we’re going to be in good shape.”