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Abraham Riesman


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Vince McMahon retains huge influence in World Wrestling Entertainment, despite announcing his retirement. Photo: Reuters/Fred Prouser

Vince McMahon retains huge influence in World Wrestling Entertainment, despite announcing his retirement. Photo: Reuters/Fred Prouser

Abraham Riesman

Abraham Riesman

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Vince McMahon retains huge influence in World Wrestling Entertainment, despite announcing his retirement. Photo: Reuters/Fred Prouser

Last month, after four decades at the helm of World Wrestling Entertainment, Vince McMahon announced his retirement. Given the avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations against him, the news looked like a victory for decency. But nothing is ever what it seems in professional wrestling.

McMahon is no longer chairman and chief executive of the multimedia firm, nor will he play his character in WWE programming. But he remains the largest single stockholder and reportedly controls 80pc of shareholder votes.


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