Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque replaces Vince McMahon as WWE’s head of creative direction

One of the biggest names in wrestling since the mid-1990s, Paul “Triple H” Levesque will now oversee the creative direction of WWE, the organization announced Monday following Vince McMahon’s retirement.

Since McMahon bought the company that later became WWE from his father in 1982, he has led the creative direction of the world’s largest wrestling promotion. From character development to the storylines that drive WWE, McMahon has had the final say on the company’s television product.

McMahon, 76, retired Friday after a Wall Street Journal report reported that he had given out millions of dollars to women to keep their allegations of sexual misconduct private. WWE is a public company and the report led to an investigation by the board.

The company said in a regulatory filing Monday that payments made from 2006 to 2022 totaled $14.6 million.

Also on Monday, the appointment of Vince McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie McMahon, and Nick Khan as co-CEOs was filed with the SEC.

Levesque suffered a heart attack in September and subsequently resigned from WWE. He returned to his former role as EVP, Talent Relations, on Friday.

“I’m healthy, motivated and ready to take charge,” said Levesque, 52.

Stephanie McMahon’s husband, Levesque, announced his retirement from in-ring competition in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith in March. The last WWE Hall of Famer televised match was in June 2019 against Randy Orton.

Levesque was named EVP of Talent and Live Events in 2011. Two years later, he added Creative to that title, reporting to Vince McMahon. Levesque focused on his idea, NXT, WWE’s development brand. He was the executive producer of the weekly television program until resigning in September.

Now, Triple H is tasked with building the storylines and developing the characters that will populate WWE’s flagship shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown.

WWE’s #2 annual event, SummerSlam, takes place in Nashville on Saturday, Levesque’s first major show in his new role. Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque replaces Vince McMahon as WWE’s head of creative direction

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