Paul Levesque had no comment on the possible impending sale of WWE at the WrestleMania Sunday press conference.
When asked by Nick Hausman whether he would comment on the reports of a sale to Endeavor and a merger with the UFC, he said:
“Nope. I’m here to talk about WrestleMania, but I want to get it off the table. I want to talk about WrestleMania because it was epic, and I don’t think we need to talk about anything past today.”
Earlier in the presser, Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman were also asked about the sale by Hausman. Reigns said:
“I was busy, you know, smashing your favorite. So yeah, I don’t really know too much about that. Today was a busy day for me. Whatever happens, I’m sure they’re all very lucky to have me. I know that much.”
Heyman avoided the question but joked at Hausman’s expense: “He has a bad habit of starting problems at press conferences.”
In other news, Levesque said that Shane McMahon had sustained a torn quad during his short match with The Miz. He praised Snoop Dogg for improvising and called him a “natural-born entertainer.”
I’ve known Snoop for years in this environment and what kind of a fan he is, but man, tonight he put himself — from a respect factor for me — put himself on a different playing field, because I know a lot of guys who’ve been in the business a long time, and if that happened, they’d be like, “What do we do? He didn’t miss a beat.
Levesque touted some records, saying that, of the top 20 social media trends, 12 to 15 in a row were related to WWE.
He said that WWE had “smashed records” for viewership, sponsorships, gate, social media, and merch sales. He promised more detail on Monday but said that the combined gate for the two nights was over $21 million. He claimed a two-night 161,892 combined attendance.
Levesque then talked about the matches, saying that all three performers in the Intercontinental Title triple-threat match had come out bigger stars than they went in, but declared that Gunther was on a different level, adding, “The sky is the limit for him.”
On the main event, he quoted Cody Rhodes saying, “I need to finish the story,” adding that the story would continue on Raw. He said that the outcome on the night was only the end of a chapter.
He said that it is not about dragging things out; it is about telling a story. On how long to wait things out, he added:
Every single moment of every single day, some days when I’m trying to sleep and I can’t sleep, it’s because I’m weighing that out in my brain. And I wish that I could sleep instead of weighing it out in my brain.
It’s all you think about. If you’re gonna be good at this, it consumes you every moment of everything you do. It’s a feel and you feel it. Sometimes your feeling is wrong, sometimes your feeling is right.
But I do know that it always continues and the story doesn’t end here.
Levesque then turned to a sad note related to Bianca Belair’s entrance, passing condolences to one of the girls in the Divas of Compton troupe whose mother had just passed away.
He welled up as he identified the girl as the contortionist who featured heavily. He said that to see everybody come together for her and create a moment on the worst day of her life is “why we do what we do.”