Vince McMahon’s misconduct issues have gone from bad to worse, Dolph Ziggler returns and All Elite Wrestling reveal some mega matches for this week’s Fyter Fest. It’s all here inside the squared circle of knowledge we like to call The Grap Wrap.
More McMahon Sexual Misconduct Pay-Offs
Following on from our report of WWE chairman Vince McMahon allegedly paying a former employee $3 million to keep quiet about an affair, it is now believed others were paid for the same reason.
A report in the Wall Street Journal alleges that McMahon coerced a former WWE wrestler into performing oral sex on him. The 76-year-old is accused of demoting the talent and then failing to renew her contract when she refused further encounters with him. The report goes on to allege McMahon then paid a $7.5 million sum for her to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
McMahon is also accused in the same report of other instances of sexual misconduct. The Journal reports McMahon sending unsolicited nude images to a WWE contractor and then paying them $1 million to keep it quiet, while paying the same figure to a WWE manager who refused sexual relations with him.
The WWE chairman stood down from his active duties when the initial allegations broke and is understood to currently be under investigation by the WWE board.
Dolph Ziggler Is Here To Show The World
Former world heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler returned on Monday Night Raw, attacking Theory. The move to match the 41-year-old with the heel Theory suggests he will portray a babyface character going forward, a storyline shift for Ziggler after three years as a villain.
Theory is the current holder of the Money In The Bank briefcase and an increasingly prominent presence in storyline plans. The return of Ziggler feels like an opportunity to give Theory some victories over an established name. The returning star had most recently been part of the Dirty Dawgs tag team with Robert Roode and was last seen losing the NXT title to Bron Breakker on the night after WrestleMania.
AEW Announce A Loaded Fyter Fest
The first night of AEW Fyter Fest looks highly promising indeed. Emanating from Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, the show features two title matches and a third bout with major championship implications.
Interim AEW Champion Jon Moxley will face Konosuke Takeshita in a non-title bout. Should the Japanese star of the DDT promotion be victorious, he will secure a future title match with ‘Mox’.
AEW Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks will defend their gold in a three-way bout featuring Keith Lee and Shane Strickland and Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks. Meanwhile, Wardlow will make the first defence of his TNT Championship against the ever-popular Orange Cassidy.
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