Stephanie McMahon has been a key figure in WWE for decades now, and she’s been working as the company’s Chief Brand Officer since 2013. Earlier today McMahon got the wrestling world talking when she announced that she will be taking a leave of absence to focus on her family.

PWInsider reports that internally it seems that no one but the inner most circle had any idea that Stephanie McMahon’s announcement was coming. It’s also being said that many were taken aback by the news and completely shocked when it was announced.

There are reportedly many people reaching out within WWE and beyond the company to try and find out what led to Stephanie McMahon’s decision to take a leave of absence.

As we previously reported Stephanie McMahon posted the following statement on Twitter earlier today:

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.