How people backstage at Smackdown are reportedly reacting to Vince McMahon’s retirement

As previously noted, Vince McMahon has announced his retirement from WWE.

According to Mike Johnson of, there has been a “pretty positive reaction” backstage at Smackdown in Boston, MA to the news of McMahon’s retirement. Johnson wrote the following…

“While there is some surprise given it was Vince and the belief he would always be around in some form, the idea that there would be a new ‘energy’ for WWE creative has a lot of talents excited to see what comes next. The belief among the younger talents that a younger vision creatively will help the company connect better with the overall audience.”

Johnson also noted that McMahon was not present backstage for Smackdown and will not be part of the creative process moving forward.