Interview: Stephanie McMahon on WWE Not Listening to Fans, WWE Network, Vince Hating Sneezing

A recent episode of Barstool Sports’ The Corp podcast show had Stephanie McMahon as the guest and some of the topics discussed included WWE not completely listening to their fans, upcoming changes to WWE Network, and Vince McMahon’s rumored hatred of sneezing.

On the topic of WWE not completely listening to their fans, McMahon stated she admits the company has not been listening as closely as they should be. She also stated there are times when the fans want a specific thing done but the company has other plans in mind causing fans to feel upset.

“I think we’re maybe not listening as closely as we want to be right about now. I just think that they’re being very vocal and they’re telling us exactly what they want and sometimes to your point earlier, it’s not what you want to do because you’re setting them up for something else. Well, sometimes it’s a setup for a payoff of something even bigger and they just have to be patient and sometimes, we’re not listening as well as we would like to.”

On the topic of the upcoming changes to the WWE Network, McMahon stated the service will very likely have a different pricing structure once the new version arrives.

“And then, of course, our direct-to-consumer platform which is the app — the WWE Network, and that currently has — it bounces between 1.5 and 2 million subscribers and that is what we created to super-serve our most ardent fan base. So that’s where WrestleMania is, that’s where our previously called, still called pay-per-views are. Later this year, we’re going to be rolling out version 2.0 with some more customized features and potentially different price points.”

On the topic of the longtime rumors that her father Vince hates sneezing, McMahon stated that those rumors are actually true and that he does not like it when others sneeze around him.

“Totally. He doesn’t hate me for it but it’s always with a *growling noise*. But, on the flip side, I’ve been around when he has sneezed. He doesn’t like anything he can’t control. So the fact that he can’t control the sneeze is very — it makes him upset.”