The two organizations merged together to form TKO Group Holdings, Inc, as the new body is now trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It is hoped that the merger will allow for more crossover fights, allowing White and McMahon to come together to put on the biggest events. But prior to that happening, the duo did not have the best of relationships. White had previously spoken about how McMahon had called him out for a fight during a UFC 158 presser in 2011. And given that the UFC was seen as a rival to the WWE, the bout could have come about. However, White dismissed the idea immediately.
“Vince wanted to fight me—swear to God. He called me up, said, ‘Let’s do it. We can do it in the UFC, or let’s do it at WrestleMania.’ And I said, ‘You are crazy,” White said
Since then, the two have come a long way as the dynamics have improved. In 2018, White made an appearance at WrestleMania 34 in order to watch Ronda Rousey take on Stephanie McMahon. At the same time, Vince, Stephanie and Triple H made an appearance at UFC 276. And ever since then, White saw nothing but positive things moving forward.
“My history with Vince isn’t a good one. He tried to f**k me so many times for no reason whatsoever except just to f**k me. But that’s in the past. Now that Vince and I are allies, no one’s been a better partner than Vince. Since day one of the deal, it’s like I’m dealing with a different guy. It goes to show that when you oppose him, or he thinks you are opposing him, the guy comes after you blindly. Once you are aligned, Vince is an incredible partner.
“We’ve probably spoken on the phone 20 times since the dea. It’s all added-value conversation–with Vince doing work and raising the bar for both companies. … Vince McMahon, man, he’s an absolute savage. Even with the stuff that went down with us in the past, I respect it. I love killers. He’s definitely a killer. He’s the Michael Jordan of the business world,” White stated
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