Nick Khan has confirmed that Kevin Dunn, a long-time trusted employee of Vince McMahon and a highly influential figure behind the scenes, has recently given his notice to WWE after being with the company for decades.
Dunn joined WWE in 1984 and has been an integral part of the company’s growth and success. Dunn’s departure from WWE is a significant change in the company’s structure, as he was a key figure in the television production department. His decision to leave was influenced by internal changes after the Endeavor acquisition and his unwillingness to be dictated to in terms of production decisions.
Throughout his tenure, Dunn was responsible for producing and directing many landmark telecasts in wrestling history, such as the first-ever WrestleMania event in 1985. He has been a key figure in shaping the presentation and production of WWE programming, including shows like “Monday Night RAW,” “SmackDown,” and “NXT.”
The email sent to WWE employees
“After 40+ years of helping to build WWE and, hands down, the best production and media unit in the entire sports and entertainment business, Kevin Dunn, will be leaving our company as of today.
Before WrestleMania 1, Kevin joined Vince at WWF. Many of us remember a pre-WrestleMania WWF – a regional wrestling company that looked like a regional wrestling company. Then we experienced WrestleMania 1, whether live, on closed circuit or years later elsewhere. It was magic. A regional wrestling company had become a global sports entertainment juggernaut. Vince led the way, side by side with Kevin Dunn. When many of us were kids standing in line waiting to play Pac-Man, Kevin was already on the road breaking his back to help build our company.
When you see our product now, there is nothing that comes close to its look or feel – 52 weeks a year, three to four times a week. It is singular and truly special. No other company can or will do that, and that is because of Kevin and our media team’s hard work, smarts and determination.
We are forever grateful to Kevin. He will always be a part of the WWE family.”