- UFC parent company Endeavor is being linked to a possible bid for the WWE
- Vince McMahon has reportedly returned to lead his company’s potential sale
Amid reports stating the WWE is now for sale, Endeavor, UFC’s parent company has been mentioned as one of the frontrunner candidates to bid for the renowned pro wrestling organization.
Endeavor wants WWE
In July last year, longtime WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon officially retired and stepped down as the company’s head honcho. WWE legend and McMahon’s son-in-law Triple H took over since then. However, recent reports claim McMahon has decided to return but only to spearhead the WWE’s potential sale.
Wrestling insider Brandon Thurston reported that there have been a number of big-name companies interested in buying the WWE. Among them was Endeavor, a company that purchased the UFC in 0216 via a multi-million dollar deal.
Most plausible buyers of WWE seem to be Comcast (NBCU's parent) and Endeavor (UFC's parent), maybe Amazon.
These companies and any business partners have to weigh whether they want to do business with Vince, whose scandals Stephanie has previously said hurt ad sales last summer.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) January 6, 2023
“Most plausible buyers of WWE seem to be Comcast (NBCU’s parent) and Endeavor (UFC’s parent), maybe Amazon. These companies and any business partners have to weigh whether they want to do business with Vince, whose scandals Stephanie has previously said hurt ad sales last summer,” Thurston wrote on Twitter.
It is also reported that Endeavor chief Ari Emanuel has been keen on expanding his stakes on live event companies and sees the WWE as an incredible addition.
There has been a connection
The UFC and the WWE have had quite a connection for years. In fact, UFC president Dana White is admittedly infused with McMahon’s management style and we’ve seen a few crossovers in recent times, most notably Brock Lesnar and CM Punk.
Nate Diaz is the most recent UFC legend who has been linked to a possible move to the WWE.
McMahon managed the WWE since 1982 and his reign saw the company become the most successful pro wrestling entity in the world. If we are to believe the reports, it will be interesting to see how things would play out once the UFC becomes one of the majority owners of the WWE.