WWE Under Scrutiny: Internal Reactions to Janel Grant’s Lawsuit Expose McMahon’s Leadership

ORLANDO, FL – WWE is facing intense scrutiny after Janel Grant filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault, exploitation, and trafficking against the organization, as well as its CEO Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis. The lawsuit highlights a disturbing atmosphere within WWE that enables such misconduct. Although it was McMahon and Laurinaitis who allegedly committed the actions, the WWE itself has been accused of complicity.

According to Dave Meltzer’s report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, reactions to the lawsuit within WWE have been varied. One WWE star was deeply affected by reading the lawsuit, expressing sadness for the realization that the company’s pursuit of McMahon’s approval was seemingly futile. Many women on the roster have experienced significant trauma and fear, with concerns that more survivors may come forward following Grant’s case.

Management’s response to the situation has been minimal. Instead of addressing the lawsuit directly, focus has been shifted to the success of the Royal Rumble event and the magnitude of the Netflix broadcasting deal. Some talent even questioned Paul Levesque, WWE CCO and McMahon’s son-in-law, about his claim of not having read the lawsuit. Levesque’s wife, Stephanie McMahon, stepped away from WWE in January 2023, coinciding with her father’s return to the board. Shane McMahon, Vince’s son, has not been seen since WrestleMania 39, where he sustained a quad injury.

The allegations against WWE, McMahon, and Laurinaitis have cast a dark shadow over the organization. As the lawsuit unfolds, it remains to be seen how WWE will address these serious accusations and work towards accountability and justice.