John Cena’s return to WWE’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ was accompanied by the presence of Vince McMahon backstage

Vince McMahon has reportedly returned to WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” backstage, indicating a gradual re-entry into the company’s operations. McMahon, the executive chairman of the wrestling company, had been absent from television taping since he briefly retired last July following a sexual harassment scandal. Paul “Triple H” Levesque had been serving as the head of creative in his absence.

While WWE has not confirmed his presence, McMahon’s appearance in Boston is logical given that his friend John Cena is scheduled to appear on the show.

McMahon, who holds the controlling voting stock of WWE, returned to the board of directors in January to spearhead the company’s sale efforts ahead of its media rights deal expiration in 2024.

According to reports, he is said to be seeking a sale price of $9 billion. McMahon had stepped down for over five months following allegations of sexual misconduct against him between 2006 and 2012.

An investigation by WWE’s board uncovered unrecorded expenses totaling $14.5 million.

In 2018, a former wrestler had accused McMahon of coercing her into oral sex. McMahon’s return in January brought about changes in WWE’s hierarchy, as his daughter Stephanie McMahon left her role as co-CEO.

Nick Khan is now the company’s sole CEO, while Paul “Triple H” Levesque remains head of creative and talent relations. Levesque’s work has been widely praised, and there have been rumors that McMahon had pushed for a Brock Lesnar vs. Omos match at this year’s WrestleMania.

It is reported that McMahon is looking to sell WWE for $9 billion after an investigation into hush money payments made to women who alleged sexual misconduct by him between the years 2006-22 uncovered $14.5 million in unrecorded expenses.

Khan said during a January appearance on the “Bill Simmons Podcast” that the he didn’t foresee McMahon returning to WWE TV any time soon, but that could change “in a few months.”