It's fair to assume that the decision was forced upon McMahon due to the recent investigation which saw the WWE's board looking into sexual misconduct allegations that were made against the chairman.
I genuinely didn't think I would see the day when McMahon walked away from WWE. I morbidly thought the changing of the guard would have taken place upon McMahon's passing.
I've been a fan of professional wrestling since I was a child. I was one of those British kids that started following the World Wrestling Federation during its first boom period in the 1980s. I have followed the product ever since.
Vince McMahon's vision is what hooked me to his promotion back then. It's that same business which has intrigued me, both positively and negatively, ever since.
It feels really weird knowing that things - on the surface - appear to have changed. However, I cannot shake off the feeling that we haven't seen the end of Vince McMahon.
Maybe that's denial on my part?
In his press release, McMahon subtly pointed out he'll continue being a majority shareholder. I surmise that sentence existed for stock purposes. To me, it still came across as if he has power and influence in WWE even with his chairman role now in the hands of his daughter - Stephanie McMahon - and Nick Khan.