Chavo Guerrero Jr. recently spoke with the folks at Wrestling Inc. for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling and WWE.
During the discussion, the WWE, AEW and WCW veteran shared his thoughts on the rumored sale of WWE to Saudi Arabia, Vince McMahon’s behind-the-scenes return to WWE and more.
Below are some highlights of the interview where he touches on these topics along with his thoughts
On Vince McMahon’s return to WWE: “Well, if you think about this whole timeline of everything … you remember Hunter, this past year, when the heart attack happened and then — I don’t want to say let go, but sent home, and then you have Stephanie’s company. From resignation, everything was fine. And then all of a sudden things happened with Vince with the payouts and stuff like that, and then he’s gone, and then all of a sudden Stephanie’s back as CEO, and Hunter’s back, and everything’s back to where it was, and everybody’s happy, and the company The way it’s going now, that’s the new direction. And then out of the blue, Vince goes, ‘Hey, no, no, no, I’m back.’ Why did he return? Because he has to sell the company, which is crazy to me. Did you ever think WWE would sell anyone?”
Whether or not Vince will actually sell WWE: “Gosh, that’s a great question. I wish I could tell you yes or no. I wouldn’t have believed it five months ago. Now I, all these offers, and the Saudis and then Disney … the Khans are probably buying it, which I don’t want to see because it will come back to one person’s monopoly. I love the fact that we have two companies and two different CEOs and it’s better for wrestling, it’s better for the fans, it’s better for the wrestlers. I think wrestling has never been bigger than Monday Night Fights. Ratings were so huge and everyone was buzzing about both companies. I would like to see it get back to that part again. I love the fact that Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society showed up in LA at one of those shows. What was that? PWG or one of them? I was like, ‘He’s a smart dude,’ it was great to see Tony Khan let them do it. I mean, it was genius, it was amazing. I love it. Some people are wrestling in Japan. It’s such a cool dynamic. Remember back in the day, you could see WWF Champion, Bob Backlund, Wrestling NWA Champion Harley Race… in another country. You should see that stuff. You will never see it again. That would be amazing to see MJF vs. Roman Reigns… it would be pretty cool. So man, I wish I could tell you that I knew more than you did, but I never believed it. When they said Vince was coming back to sell the company, I was like, ‘There’s no way he’s going to sell the company.’ Because he created this thing, he took it from his father, but completely changed the structure and business model of wrestling. He completely changed wrestling. So I didn’t think it would sell until after he died. But now it’s maddening to see him wanting to finally let go. Now another question, is he going to quit, or is he going to come in as a figurehead like Ted Turner, and then finally, they’ll phase him? Who knows? I am excited with you! I read your Wrestling Inc. every day, check up every morning, see what’s up.”
On the possibility of WWE being sold to Saudi Arabia: “Look, Vince is a businessman. I’ve always said it. He is a person who keeps many personal problems aside. It may take him a minute, but he finally does, when he sees green. It’s about putting dollars in the bank. So you’ve got that Saudi investment fund that’s worth about $417 billion, I don’t know. So three, four, five billion dollars is not really much to them. That would be like me having $417,000 and spending a $5,000 check. That’s nothing. To them, it’s good, great, great. What happens when they seize it? Do they take possession of it and is it a plaything to them? Do they just not care, they just play with it? Are they really serious about making money off of this stuff?”
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