Vince McMahon selling WWE to Saudis could be damaged by past Taliban clip

A potential sale of the WWE to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund could be in danger of being scuppered due to a controversial clip involving Executive Chairman Vince McMahon.

McMahon, who served as the chairman and CEO of the company for 40 years before announcing his retirement last year, recently announced his return to the company amid rumours of WWE being sold.

On Tuesday (January 10), he released a statement where he said he would be leading an "exciting process regarding strategic alternatives".

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Speculation on the potential sale garnered mass attention on social media with some people taking aim at McMahon following the resurfacing of a troubling clip.

A clip of the 77-year-old making a racist comment to professional wrestler Terrance "Sabu" Brunk did the rounds online.

The video is from 2008 and shows McMahon in conversation with Sabu who often wore a white keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by men.

In the clip, McMahon says, "Well I'll be damned, I thought I was in Texas. H*** I'm not in Texas, I'm in Afghanistan. Boys check it out, there's a member of the Taliban."

Sabu is not Afghan, but is of Middle Eastern descent with his mother hailing from Lebanon.

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In July 2022, McMahon announced his retirement from the WWE after 40 years at the helm as he handed over the reins to his daughter, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan, who acted as co-CEOs of the company.

However, just six months later, Stephanie announced she would be taking a step back while McMahon would be returning as Executive Chairman, adding fuel to the fire about changes to the company.

Stephanie wrote: "Our founder, Vince McMahon, has returned as Executive Chair and is leading an exciting process regarding strategic alternatives.

"And with [Nick Khan's] leadership and Paul "Triple H" Levesque as Chief Content Officer, I am confident WWE is in the perfect place to continue to provide unparalleled creative content and drive maximum value for shareholders."

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