Vince McMahon's demotion and what lies ahead for WWE "I love you, Pop, and I'm sorry." With those unspectacular words, Triple H relieved his real-life father-in-law, WWE chairman Vince McMahon, of his duties. It was a storyline, obviously, but the way it was delivered spoke to a larger theme: For the first time, Triple H, the WWE Board of Directors' on-screen representative, made unveiled reference to the facts that he's married to Vince's daughter and part of the WWE brain trust. John Cena threatened to leave for rival promotion TNA Wrestling if Vince lived up to his promise of firing Cena. Both lines were knee-deep in scripted histrionics, but they also stood as examples of the somewhat real, worked-shoot style that CM Punk brought back into vogue in June. Despite the fact that he wasn't even present for the proceedings, Punk's spirit filled the arena.1 Physically, Punk — your putative WWE champion — was in Chicago, cavorting offscreen with the championship belt. If that seems unusual, well, it is. Allow me to recap. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6784925/introducing-worked-shoot-era This is a good article.