Does Linda McMahon Still Run The WWE? The Wrestling Magnate Is Headed To Washington
Well, that's another appointment down. According to a press release from the Trump transition, former Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon will be nominated to become to become the administrator of the Small Business Administration, meaning the two-time failed Republican senate candidate will finally find her way to Washington, D.C. a full six years after her first run. But her nascent political career is far from the biggest item on her career résumé ― does McMahon still run the WWE, too?
That's right, she's one of those McMahons ― the wife of World Wrestling Entertainment's high-profile and controversial founder and performer, Vince McMahon. Vince took the helm of the enterprise ― then known as the WWF or World Wrestling Federation, a name the company ultimately dropped over a trademark dispute with the World Wide Fund for Nature ― back in 1980. And Linda played an active role too, taking over as the company's CEO in 1997.
But as for whether she's running things now, the answer is no: she's no longer CEO of the WWE, having ended her tenure in that capacity in 2009, just prior to jumping into the political arena in her 2010 Senate campaign in Connecticut. Her husband then reclaimed the CEO title, and has held it ever since.
The Trump transition announced McMahon's new gig in a statement, with the President-elect lauding her as "one of the country's top female executives."
My America First agenda is going to bring back our jobs and roll back the burdensome regulations that are hurting our middle class workers and small businesses. To help push our agenda forward, I am pleased to nominate Linda McMahon as the head of the Small Business Administration. Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe. She helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide. Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country.
Trump, for the record, has had more than a simple acquaintance or friendly relationship with the McMahons and their business during his private sector career ― he actually participated in WrestleMania 23, playing up a rivalry between himself and Vince that culminated in the president-to-be shaving the WWE chairman's head. As for what Linda's career in the Trump administration will bring, it's hard to say just yet, although as a Senate candidate she had many of the same views on economics and tax cuts as her Republican contemporaries did, including opposition to increasing the minimum wage.