You have been a constant figure in my life since the end of 1999.
My first memory of you is defending your daughter Stephanie McMahon’s honour against the evil HHH at Armageddon ’99.
That No Holds Barred match is what got me hooked on wrestling.
But for many years prior, you have had a profound effect on the lives of millions, if not billions of young people, who are now adults with the WWF and WWWF before that.
You have shaped the lives of generations of families by taking ‘rasslin from bingo halls and backyards to 100,000 seater stadiums and making wrestling the global phenomenon of sports entertainment.
Without a doubt, you deserve the respect of every single wrestling fan – lapsed or full time – on this planet, because without you, there probably would not be professional wrestling in the form we know and love today.
We all owe you a debt of gratitude, as does every wrestler to lace up a pair of boots over the last 50+ years or to earn a single penny for the business.
But, to use a football – or soccer – analogy, just like when Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the helm of Manchester United, there comes a point at which you have to step away for the good of the team, or in WWE’s case, the entire company.
The last six weeks should have been a turning point for WWE’s creative, of which you have been at the helm of for as long as most can remember.
With the launch of a real competitor in All Elite Wrestling, and Impact making waves – and the return of the NWA – wrestling fans worldwide had been longing and hoping for a refresh to WWE and a new creative direction to bring a stagnant product back to where it needed to be.
The relaunch of Raw, and the move to Fox for Smackdown should have heralded a new era and made fans, once again, look at WWE as the flagship wrestling show we once knew and loved.
But what has happened has been the exact opposite.
Under your leadership, both Raw and Smackdown have continued to stagnate, with creative decisions making no sense – Hell in a Cell being stopped – and storylines that look outdated and just plain insulting to our intelligence – Lashley/Lana/Rusev.
And the buck, as it does in every company, stops at the top.
The top is, and has always been you, Mr McMahon.
When the going was good, we praised you.
But the going is no longer good.
This week, only 3,000 UK fans tuned in to watch Raw, while viewing figures in America have been on a sharp descent for many years.
The only saving grace for WWE at the moment is NXT, because without that, there wouldn’t be a reason for fans to stay invested in your company.
And, to be clear, this has NOTHING to do with the talent, because they are some of the most talented superstars on this planet – of that there is no doubt.
But you are mishandling them in ways that really can no go on any longer.
I mentioned a keyword a few sentences ago – investment.
It seems that recently you have lost interest in the fans being invested and are only catering to the investment of the wealthy few in countries you should have no interest in being in.
Saudi Arabia’s shocking human rights record is available for all to see, but hey… money talks, right?
To choose to hold a show there, rather than a equal to the all-women’s Evolution pay-per-view is not just an insult to the fans, but it’s an insult to your incredibly talented women who are trying so hard to change the game.
You can’t preach about a women’s revolution while taking blood money from Saudi billionaires.
This harms your product more than you can ever imagine.
And while it’s getting you the news coverage around the world that you crave, nobody will remember any of that in a few weeks time when the show is over.
It’s time to think about the fans who have helped you to put WWE on the map.
Where would you be were it not for us fans helping you to sell out arenas and stadiums worldwide?
Yes, as I said at the start, you are the one who took the chance and created what we know and love today, but without us responding to it – and sticking by it – it wouldn’t have worked.
And today, if the path you are on is the one you continue to go down, it wouldn’t matter to us because there is now a HUGE choice of alternative companies to invest in.
Not just AEW and Impact, but NWA, ROH and hundreds of independent companies with some of the best talent in the world.
You have some of the most creative minds at your disposal.
Use them. Listen to them. Take on board what they are saying and want to do, before it’s too late.
Stop listening to the money men, and start listening to those who just want WWE to be the best WWE it can be.
We know wrestling, we love wrestling and want nothing but the best for the wrestling world, but there’s only so much of the current shambles we can take before we stop watching your two most profitable shows altogether.
If money talks, focus on our money – the hard earned money of the common fan.
Would the big networks pay for a show with empty, or even half empty arenas?
Focus on us, and those you have who love this business, not the outside influences.
Because without us, where would you be and what will World Wrestling Entertainment be other than a website of archive shows that I can show my child in 20 years time?
And what will I say?
“You see that man risking his life for my entertainment in 1999? That was Vince McMahon. He used to own a company called WWE. It doesn’t exist anymore because he didn’t know when to let go.”
The time, sir, is now.
You can find the author of this article on Twitter @ACailler. Thanks for reading!