WRESTLING fans were left baffled by Vince McMahon’s short SmackDown speech on Friday night.
The WWE boss, 76, stepped down from his role with the company over claims he paid an ex-employee $3million to stay quiet about an affair.
McMahon entered the arena in Minnesota to deliver what fans were expecting would be a keynote speech.
He received a mixed reception in the arena as he entered to ‘No Chance in Hell’, his signature entrance song.
Appearing in character as ‘Mr McMahon’, Vince was in the ring for under two minutes and delivered a short monologue to fans.
He said: “It is a privilege as always to stand before you tonight – the WWE universe.
“And it’s especially a privilege to stand here in Minnesota.
“I’m here simply to remind you of the four words, the WWE signature – then, now, forever, and most importantly, together. “
“Welcome to SmackDown.”
He ended the speech by launching the microphone and striding out of the ring.
Fans were immediately confused by the short statement and took to social media to ask “is that it?”.
One said: “The f*** was the point in that?”
Another added: “Well that was underwhelming”.
While one fan said: “Vince just said goodbye.”
And others were more straight-talking, saying: “Vince McMahon fooled everyone with that promo. He just trolled everyone who was talking about the incident.”
The WWE put out a statement on June 16 confirming McMahon has “voluntarily stepped back from his responsibilities” with the company.
It read: “WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Board of Directors today announced that a Special Committee of the Board is conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct by its Chairman and CEO Vincent McMahon and John Laurinaitis, head of talent relations.
“And that, effective immediately, McMahon has voluntarily stepped back from his responsibilities as CEO and Chairman of the Board until the conclusion of the investigation.
“McMahon will retain his role and responsibilities related to WWE’s creative content during this period and remains committed to cooperating with the review underway.”