• Vince McMahon has been in a bad mood since the shutting down of XFL
  • XFL is owned by McMahon's Alpha Entertainment 
  • XFL is a football league comprising of 10 teams

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chief Vince McMahon’s bad mood reportedly has become a “running backstage joke” in the company.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, not all has been good in McMahon’s life, starting with the shutting down of XFL, a professional American football league owned by McMahon's Alpha Entertainment. That was followed by the illegal termination lawsuit he received from XFL commissioner Oliver Luck.

Luck has claimed that he was illegitimately sacked on April 9 – a day before XFL officially collapsed. USA Today Sports earlier reported that the lawsuit states "Mr. Luck wholly disputes and rejects the allegations set forth in the Termination Letter and contend they are pretextual and devoid of merit.”

During PW Insider Elite Audio, Mike Johnson has disclosed that McMahon’s bad moods have turned into a joke in the company.

“A couple of weeks ago, Vince McMahon was a grumpy SOB because of the XFL going down and I got calls from people who knew — there were people who were like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna stay out of the building for as long as I can and sit in my car or take the widest path that I can to stay out of his way and stay out of his vision'."

“It’s a running joke in the company, you know it’s great to do well in WWE and it’s great to get a raise and a promotion, but the raise and promotion you don’t wanna get is the one that’s gonna put you in the direct sight of Vince McMahon,” Johnson further added, as reported by Ringside News.

Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon is keen to ensure WWE superstars do not jump ship and join the newly emerged All Elite Wrestling promotion. In this picture, McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 16, 2012. Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

The XFL, comprising eight teams equally divided between an East and West division, was founded in 2018 and the first season had kick-started earlier this year. This tournament is the successor of the original XFL, which was owned by McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and NBC and ran for just one season in 2001.