Over the years, Angle has spoken candidly about his relationship with McMahon, referring to his former boss as a father figure and mentor. Recently, while appearing on the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, the former Olympic Gold Medalist opened up about his falling out with McMahon in 2006, revealing that they didn’t speak for over 11 years until Angle returned to WWE in 2017 for his Hall of Fame induction.
Angle also seemed to defend McMahon when the first allegations of McMahon paying hush money to a former WWE paralegal surfaced, telling Bleacher Report in an interview that “We all make mistakes as human beings and Vince is no different, but he’s an excellent individual.”
Even as Angle and others continue to question McMahon’s retirement, several news outlets have reported that McMahon has been removed from both WWE’s internal list of performers and the entirety of the company’s corporate structure, and hasn’t had any company-related communication since his retirement last month. Furthermore, the WWE product on television has given fans reason to believe that the Vince McMahon era is firmly in the rearview mirror.