You can look like a million bucks, you can have upper echelon mic skills, and you can be well-received by the “WWE Universe”, but if Vince McMahon does not believe in you, the likelihood that you will excel in the business is severely diminished. The chain of command runs through none other than Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and if he isn’t fond of you, well, simply put, “you have no chance in hell”.
With McMahon having turned 71 years old this year, it’s likely that his days running the WWE are numbered. However, with Vince, you just never know. Despite his advanced age, he still looks better than half the wrestlers in his company.
The chain of command in WWE will then likely run through Triple H and/or Stephanie McMahon. However, until then, the WWE superstars will have to adhere to McMahon’s rules and regulations and hope they are on his good side.
Here, we take a look at 15 current wrestlers who McMahon simply does not like.
15. Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks has reached the pinnacle of WWE as she is currently in her third reign as WWE Raw Women’s Champion. However, the true “Legit Boss”, Vince McMahon, isn’t said to be the biggest fan of the WWE’s resident “Boss”, Sasha Banks. In May of 2016, McMahon likened Banks to Daniel Bryan. According to the Wrestling Observer, McMahon’s opinion of Banks was the following: “The bad part of this is Vince McMahon has on several occasions said he believes Banks knows only one speed and that’s all out, and even months ago was comparing her to Daniel Bryan, feeling she’s injury-prone”. While Bryan is as talented as they come, when your speed is compared to that of Bryan’s by McMahon you’re in dangerous territory.
14. Tyler Breeze
The NXT brand is Triple H’s baby and one NXT star Hunter was always a big fan of was the gorgeous one, Tyler Breeze. However, NXT is its own entity and WWE is its own entity and just because Vince McMahon’s son-in-law Triple H may be fond of you does not necessarily mean that McMahon is going to be fond of you as well. Breeze came up to the roster and was inserted into a feud with Dolph Ziggler which placed him in a good place on the card. After defeating Ziggler at Survivor Series it looked like Breeze was going places, but he lost the rematch between the two. Shortly after Breeze was stripped of his manager Summer Rae. He currently finds himself in a tag team with Fandango in a fashion police gimmick. Breeze is a resident WWE jobber and McMahon wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Swiss Superman is a crowd favorite and has become one based solely on his impressive in ring talent. Fans have shown their appreciation by printing out signs with the words “Cesaro Section” that are frequently on display in venues all across not only the U.S., but any and everywhere the WWE goes. Cesaro has been applauded by his WWE coworkers as being one of the strongest competitors employed by the WWE and the WWE’s poster boy John Cena even highly praised Cesaro after a match they had on Monday Night Raw. Cena said Cesaro deserved to be in the main event each and every night. When you’re a crowd favorite and your company’s biggest star heavily praises you, you’d think McMahon would see the light and not have Cesaro wither away in mid card limbo. But, maybe fans should cut McMahon some slack considering he’s seventy-one and may need to get his eyes checked!
12. Apollo Crews
Apollo Crews has a look that Vince McMahon usually raves over as he looks like he is chiseled out of stone. However, McMahon’s beef has nothing to do with Crews look (and how could McMahon have anything negative to say about Crews physique); McMahon’s beef is with Crews inability to develop his character. McMahon isn’t sure that Crews can successfully play the role of a charismatic babyface that the fans are excited to see when he comes out. To Vince’s credit, his concern about Crews is fully warranted. Crews has failed to show any amount of personality as he is almost always smiling. Not to mention, Crews mic skills are nowhere near polished. Crews may never become the charismatic babyface McMahon wishes for, but, giving Crews a manager to speak for him could significantly build his character.
11. The Cruiserweight Division
Vince McMahon has never truly been sold on the smaller competitors as he has always been more inclined to favor towering giants. Prior to the Cruiserweight Classic and the bringing back of the Cruiserweight Championship, McMahon made a mockery out of the belt before it was eventually retired. The last Cruiserweight Champion was of all people Hornswoggle. With all-time greats such as Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio Jr having held the belt, to disrespect it as McMahon did is despicable. In October of 2016 it was reported by WrestlingNewsWorld that McMahon wasn’t happy with how the Cruiserweights were being received by the audience. When you factor in that Raw was competing against the presidential debates and Monday Night Football at the time, the ratings were bound to falter. Case and point when McMahon can blame a smaller guy it is exactly what he will do.