Jacksonville, FL – In a stunning swerve, WWE CEO Vince McMahon was revealed to be The Dark Order’s leader, The Exalted One.
Although newcomer Brodie Lee was shown to be The Exalted One on this past week’s Dynamite, viewers of AEW’s new Youtube show “Dark After Midnight” saw the true leader was none other than the head of WWE.
The Dark Order filled the ring, displaying their new “Punch Someone In The Head But Miss Wildly” handshake. A hooded figure emerged from the back, half-slowly walking, half-strutting. Gregorian Chants echoed throughout the empty arena.
A stare-down ensued between the figure and Lee, only for Lee to kneel in reverence.
The figure pulled off his hood, revealing himself to be the 72-year-old McMahon.
“It’s me, Aust- I mean, Tony Khan! It’s me all along!” barked McMahon.
“Aw, son of a bitch,” said a bored Jim Ross.
“You all bought it! You all bought it hook, line, and sinker!” yelled McMahon triumphantly at some empty chairs. “You all thought I didn’t have it anymore. That I wasn’t ‘down’ and ‘with it’. You believed that WWE was stale and All Elite Wrestling was ‘cool’ and ‘fun’. Actually, that’s what I wanted you all to think. Meanwhile, I’ve been sending WWE Superstars over here to take them down from the inside. Come on out, boys!”
Joining McMahon in the ring was former WWE stars Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Matt Hardy, and Cody Rhodes. All four ripped their AEW shirts off to reveal WWE shirts underneath. Evil Uno ripped off his mask to reveal that he is really Shane McMahon. The group cackled in the ring having once again fooled the wrestling world.
Asked later what he plans to do with AEW, McMahon said, “I dunno. Some sort of invasion or some crap. Who cares?”