Behind the Scenes of the WWE & Vince McMahon
Vincent Kennedy “Vince” McMahon (born August 24, 1945
is an American professional wrestling promoter, announcer,commentator, film producer, actor and occasionalprofessional wrestler. McMahon is the Chairman, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee ofStamford, Connecticut-basedprofessional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (branded as WWE). Upon acquiring World Championship Wrestling(WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling(ECW), McMahon’s WWE became the sole remaining major American professional wrestling promotion (until the national expansion of Total Nonstop Action Wrestlingand Ring of Honor).
McMahon plays a character known by the ring name Mr. McMahon, based on his real life persona. In the world of WWE, he is a two-time world champion, having won theWWF Championship andECW World Championship. He was also the winner of the1999 Royal Rumble. Vince is the husband of Linda McMahon, with whom he ran WWE from its establishment in 1980, until she resigned as the CEO in September 2009.
McMahon first met the promoter for Capitol Wrestling Corporation, his father Vincent J. McMahon, at the age of 12. At that point, McMahon became interested in following his father’s professional wrestling footsteps and often accompanied him on trips to Madison Square Garden. McMahon wanted to be a wrestler, but his father would not let him, explaining that promoters did not appear on the show and should stay apart from their wrestlers.
n 1968, McMahon graduated from East Carolina University with a business degree and after a nondescript career as a traveling salesman, he was eager to assume a managerial role in his father’s World Wide Wrestling Federation promotion (although the elder McMahon was not thrilled with the idea of his son entering the business). In 1969, McMahon made his debut as an in-ring announcer for the WWWF’sAll-Star Wrestling.
In 1971, he was assigned to a small territory in Maine, where he promoted his first card. He later became the play-by-play announcer for television matches after he replaced Ray Morgan in 1971, a role he would regularly maintain until November 1997.
Throughout the 1970s, McMahon became the prominent force in his father’s company, and over the next decade, Vince assisted his father in tripling TV syndication. He pushed for the renaming of the company to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The young McMahon was also behind the Muhammad Ali versus Antonio Inoki match of 1976. In 1979, Vince purchased the Cape Cod Coliseum, where he promoted hockey games and concerts in addition to pro wrestling, as he began to prove that he was capable of running the WWF after his father’s retirement. By 1980, McMahon had become chairman of the company, and Titan Sports was incorporated; in 1982, a 37-year old McMahon led Titan’s acquisition of the Capitol Wrestling Co. from his ailing father (who died in May 1984), as he and his wife Linda took control of the World Wrestling Federation.
and Titan Sports was incorporated; in 1982, a 37-year old McMahon led Titan’s acquisition of the Capitol Wrestling Co. from his ailing father (who died in May 1984), as he and his wife Linda took control of the World Wrestling Federation.
Several other gimmicks have become integral parts of McMahon’s on-camera persona, such as his throaty exclamation of “You’re fired!”, and his “power walk”—an over-exaggerated strut toward the ring, swinging his arms and bobbing his head from side to side in a cocky manner. According to Jim Cornette, the power walk was inspired by one of McMahon’s favorite wrestlers as a child, Dr. Jerry Graham. The Fabulous Moolah, however, claims in her autobiography that “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers was the inspiration for the walk. McMahon has occasionally dropped his character performance upon real-life events affecting WWE, such as the death of Owen Hart at Over the Edge in 1999, the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the death of Chris Benoit.
Vince McMahon losing it behind the scenes is ingrained in the WWE’s culture, as the workaholic chairman takes his life’s work very seriously.
McMahon’s conniption fits have been set off by everything from a botched wrestling maneuver to being mentioned on television.
Each freakout reminds us of McMahon’s emotional investment in his product, while emphasizing his career-defining reputation as an authoritarian dictator who demands his version of perfection.
One of Vince McMahon’s most biblical backstage meltdowns came after being mentioned on television by Alberto Del Rio. According to reports, McMahon did not want to be mentioned on television, as there were plans for him to make a return down the road. PWInsider reported that McMahon actually approved the segment prior to going live, yet subsequently became furious upon hearing his name.
Ryback’s development hit a rough patch last week on RAW after an awkward match against Jack Swagger.
McMahon especially noticed the poorly executed contest where the story should have been Ryback’s impressive win over a former world champion.
Instead, the match played out like a waltz from Master P on Dancing With the Stars.
McMahon reacted accordingly, as backstage reports recounted him going nuts.