There have been a lot of intersections between the NFL and WWE over the years. But it is rare that one of the leaders of one company moves to another. However, this week was an exception.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, former Las Vegas Raiders president Dan Ventrell is joining World Wrestling Entertainment as executive vice president of talent. According to the report, he will work directly under the direction of WWE Commercial Director Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
Ventrell first joined the Raiders organization back in 2003, when he was about 20 years old, and he rose through the ranks and became the organization’s top executive. He was considered a key figure in the Raiders’ high-profile move to Las Vegas and the construction of their new stadium.
Ventrell was named full president at the end of the 2021 season. But in May of this year, it was announced that he was no longer working in the franchise.
Many NFL players have tried their hand at professional wrestling, and several famous players have tried the opposite. Brock Lesnar, Roman Reines and Bill Goldberg are some of the most striking examples of this.
A number of former ESPN broadcasters, such as Todd Grisham and Jonathan Coachman, also started working in media at WWE before joining Worldwide Leader in Sports.
It will be interesting to see how Dan Ventrell can use his success in the NFL in the WWE front office.