The wrestling and fighting worlds were abuzz when the Endeavor deal was inked, officially merging WWE and UFC into a single entity known as TKO.
This monumental merger, finalised on September 12th, has not only reshaped the landscape of combat sports but has also led to significant changes within the corporate structure of the newly formed entity.
In the wake of this merger, the first significant departure has come to light. Frank Riddick, who held the dual roles of WWE’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, will be leaving his position by the end of the month.
This news was relayed to the employees through a memo from WWE president Nick Khan, which was reported today by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.
Riddick’s Legacy in WWE
Riddick wasn’t just any executive; he had a storied history with WWE. Serving on the WWE Board of Directors for over a decade, he reported directly to the legendary Vince McMahon before the merger.
His responsibilities were vast, overseeing areas such as financial planning, strategy, investor relations, data analytics, and even event travel.
His departure marks the end of an era, as he was instrumental in many of the company’s strategic decisions over the years.
It’s worth noting that the merger wasn’t just a strategic move; it had significant financial implications for many top executives. Riddick, for instance, received a whopping $5 million post-acquisition bonus after the Endeavor deal was sealed. Such bonuses are a testament to the magnitude and importance of this merger in the world of combat sports.
The Future of TKO
With Riddick’s departure, many are left wondering what the future holds for TKO. As the newly formed entity begins to find its footing, it’s clear that more changes, both at the executive level and in the ring, are on the horizon.
The merger promises exciting possibilities for fans, athletes, and stakeholders alike.