There isn't any indication that the WWE is actively looking for a buyer. But, the promotion's growing stock value and popularity now that new management is in town would warrant at least keeping an open mind about a potential sale. Except, maybe, if it means seeing Vince McMahon come back only to sell the company, which the reports say is something that may happen, whether we like it or not.
According to Wall Street Journal's Lauren Thomas, the former WWE chairman is "plotting" a return to the company he founded to find it a new owner, saying:
Mr. McMahon, who has majority voting power through his ownership of WWE's Class-B stock, has told the company that he is electing himself and two former co-presidents and directors, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios, to the board, the people said. The move to reinstate Mr. McMahon, which the board previously rebuffed, and the others will require three current directors to vacate their positions.
Vince's retirement came following allegations of sexual harassment and the alleged "hush money" payouts to different women all throughout the history of the WWE. The debacle brought a lot of negative press to the company, forcing Vince to step down after so many decades. Vince's daughter, Stephanie McMahon, took over his father's former role, serving as the co-CEO alongside Nick Khan. Meanwhile, Stephanie's husband and WWE Hall of Famer, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, returned to his former post as the WWE's Chief Content Officer.
The WWE is currently enjoying arguably its most popular run yet with John Cena's recent return helping SmackDown post its most-watched episode in years. Much of the WWE's success over the past few months has plenty to do with Triple H's decision-making as the Chief Content Officer of the WWE.
Should the reports be true, WWE audiences and critics will likely not take kindly to it. We wouldn't be surprised if the current WWE regime stops McMahon in his tracks if only for a few months.
The annual Road to Wrestlemania run is expected to start in a few weeks with the yearly Royal Rumble event. The WWE will want to stay on the good side of audiences for the next few months to guarantee the best turnout possible.