Vince McMahon Responsible For Release Of Popular Veteran Close To Triple H Upon His Return: Reports

There has been much upheaval since Vince McMahon returned to WWE as Executive Chairman. In addition to stepping down Stephanie McMahon and becoming co-CEO, two other big names, Adam Hopkins and Stefanie Fiondalla, have also been fired.

Both Hopkins and Fiondella were vice presidents of communications, and both were reportedly fired because of Mr. McMahon.

Adam Hopkins was a part of WWE for 25 years and was well loved by everyone around him. Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently stated that Hopkins was close to Triple H and had worked with The Game in getting NXT to publicize events such as the NXT acquisitions.

Dave Meltzer also claimed that people backstage believe that although Nick Khan is responsible for executive hiring and firing, it was Vince McMahon’s call to let Hopkins and Fiondella go.

“In theory, executive hiring and firing should be Nick Khan’s domain, although both came in the same week that Vince McMahon returned to power, which caused people to disagree,” Meltzer said.


Details on the roles of the two people published by Vince McMahon

Meltzer also stated that it was Hopkins who was primarily responsible for arranging conference calls with Triple H and Shawn Michaels in NXT and that Hopkins was very popular backstage and had a good reputation. His release came as a surprise to many superstars and backstage staff.

“Almost anyone who knew him would tell you how pleasant he was to deal with, and he was regularly put in awkward positions,” Meltzer told Businesses or Flattening Things Out with people the company has wronged, which neither enviable position. He was a key person in organizing the conference calls that Levesque and Shawn Michaels conducted for NXT.”

Meltzer further revealed that Stefanie Fiondella’s primary role at WWE has been to maintain a healthy relationship with various business publications such as Business Insiders, Sports Business Journal, Forbes and the ESPYs. She recently won the Cynopsis Top Woman in Media Award.

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