McMahon stated that she was stepping away to focus on family but Keller indicated that there are also other reasons why she’s taking a break. He also noted how important she’s been for WWE because she helped soften the hard edge that the company had in the mid 2000’s. Stephanie became the person who represented the brand in business presentations, especially after the Chris Benoit murder-suicide.
Keller said, “The indications that I’ve gotten is this is largely her just stepping away. She has worked for WWE for over 20 years, Shane McMahon has been in and out. She’s the child of Vince McMahon, who has been most embedded in this company. Most recently, the Chief Brand Officer. ”
He continued, “I have been told not to expect the reasons that Stephanie is stepping away, to come out. But the implication is, there are reasons. So this isn’t going to be a public scandal. But it’s something. That’s about as much as I think I can say right now, based on the indications I’ve gotten from talking to people who know or know Stephanie and Hunter or know people who know them. And yeah, [they] are giving me indications of things.”
Keller then speculated that perhaps maybe what went down with Shane McMahon earlier this year could have affected Stephanie or perhaps how things were handled backstage with Triple H’s NXT while he dealt with health issues.
“Whatever is going on, sounds like it’s just very private,” Keller said. “And I have not been given any indications of what that is. And so it’s a private and personal matter, it could have to do with Vince McMahon or Shane McMahon, or Triple H. It also could have to do with something completely different within the family or something completely different going on. I just can say that I’m pretty sure it will not get out, at least not imminently. And it’s probably not going to be something that’s like making headlines or anything like that…”
Keller added that whatever is going on may not end up being scandalous but it’s considered a big deal for her to step away from WWE because she’s been so ingrained with the company for so many years.
This may not mean anything at all, but David Bixenspan reported this week that Stephanie McMahon removed her WWE work history from her LinkedIn account, and only her education and volunteer work history is shown.