WWE cracked down on two Twitter accounts that had been snarking the organization and its employees last week as both @WWE_Creative and @CrankyVince were suspended on Thursday. While the account mocking WWE's creative direction returned online following some profile tweaks (now @WWECreative_ish), the McMahon parody remains down.
The @CrankyVince account spoofed McMahon's demeanor and mindset with random musings depicting the WWE Chairman as eccentric, maniacal, sex-crazed, drug-addled and racist. It had drawn alarming concern from organization officials since last year, who due to the personal nature of the tweets, believed it was being handled by an employee close to McMahon. The account would divulge legitimate company information, which breaches Twitter's Terms of Service. According to a source, the McMahon mockery account is believed to be administered by a collection of current WWE employees.
Before its suspension, @CrankyVince had endorsed an alternative account (@PremiumVince). The account has posted several messages in Cranky Vince's trademark all caps tone since the suspension of the premiere account.
Coincidentally, the @CrankyVince account was shut down the day it released a message stating that Alberto Del Rio wanted to quit WWE.
"WHAT? DEL RIO WANTS TO QUIT? TELL THAT POMPOUS ASS: NO. THEN, TELL HIM TO GO FUCK HIMSELF. THEN, FUCK YOU," the message read.
A source reports that Del Rio had a dispute with upper-level management that day and threatened to quit WWE. One company source says Del Rio was frustrated with his role and contemplating a departure. A second source said the incident wasn't that big a deal and that both sides were wrangling over a contract matter. A third source believes the spat was a little bit of both.
Del Rio has leverage; he has no issues with income and could return to Mexico as a heralded former WWE Superstar. A company employee expressed skepticism Monday night that Del Rio had legitimately suffered a concussion, noting that he was "too injured" to work No Way Out Sunday but healthy to work Monday's RAW. The employee believes the concussion was a cover excuse for issues that came up between Del Rio and WWE, necessitating his removal from the match.