WWE legend Jim Ross believes Vince McMahon is preparing to pass on the company to son-in-law Triple H rather than his own children Shane and Stephanie.
McMahon, 75, is the Chairman and CEO of WWE and transformed the company into the global wrestling juggernaut it is today after taking over from his father in 1982.
Triple H and Stephanie, WWE's resident power couple, are key figures within the company as Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development and Chief Brand Officer respectively.
Shane, meanwhile, remains an on-screen character and Ross believes he is content in that role, claiming The Game will eventually be Vince's successor.
Speaking to Business Insider, Ross said: "I have an opinion on where the company will go. I will say this — you know, Vince is very healthy.
"He still works out like a crazy man. He really takes care of himself. So, he ain't going anywhere soon. We don't want him to go anywhere soon. He's the rock that built that thing. He's the rudder in the water. It's an amazing company.
"I think that, if I'm guessing, and it's gonna strictly be a guess — that the money would be on, probably, Paul Levesque to be Vince's successor.
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"I think Vince is kind of preparing him for that in a lot of ways. You always knew that he was different from the other guys because he was very studious, and very – under control. He didn’t drink. No drugs.
"He looked to be a lifer early on, and he got a lot of that from being a fan all his life growing up in the northeast — New Hampshire. Then, getting trained by Killer Kowalski who was a great, old-school guy. So, I think he's probably the heir apparent.
"Stephanie is very involved and, you know, is really more of a face of WWE. She does a lot of charity work. And she's great at that. And you've got to have that in that world.
"I think Shane seems to be, apparently, content with being a TV character. I don't know where his role's gonna be going forward or what he wants it to be.
"But, I think that Paul Levesque is the one that seems to be earmarked to be the next guy, if and when Vince is not in that role."
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