WWE dominated the news Monday with the revelation that the longtime family-owned and operated sports entertainment juggernaut had been sold to Endeavor, which also owns UFC.
Questions about the future of WWE -- whether they would revert to a PPV model for the monthly premium live events rather than the Peacock/WWE Network method, whether talent could be released, whether Vince McMahon would be a full-fledged member of creative again, etc. -- abounded Monday.
Then Raw hit the airwaves, and Triple H wasted little time in bringing up the merger, trying his best to assuage apprehensive fans about the future of WWE:
The day after WrestleMania when we are watercooler talk, when we are all anybody wants to talk about, well then WWE comes along today and makes an announcement that is all anybody wants to talk about.
But I am here to assure you that we ain't going nowhere. The same WWE that you love, the same WWE that put 161,000 people to the rafters in SoFi Stadium is going nowhere. The same WWE that you love, the superstars, the action, the drama, all of it, we are going nowhere. We will be here week in and week out, event after event, sold-out arena after sold-out arena, packed stadium after packed stadium, because we are the WWE. And just like it says at the beginning, 'Then. Now. Forever. Together.' "
Despite those assurances -- and fans' positive reaction in the arena -- it remains to be seen what exactly stays the same and what changes in the weeks and months ahead. Time truly will tell.
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