The McMahon family still holds all of the power in the wrestling industry. It appears impossible to envision a scenario where anything ever changes that. Another promotion challenging WWE is unrealistic at this point, so you can forget about them being passed. The only other scenario would be The McMahons selling the WWE. As much as they love money, they can have their cake and eat it too by owning the company, adding to their accomplishments along with their wealth. Vince McMahon is still the man at the top of the WWE as the chairman, CEO and majority owner.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are next in the chain of command with the company being in their hands whenever Vince decides to give it up or is forced to hand it over. Vince’s wife Linda McMahon served as the WWE CEO, but gave it up for her political career. Shane McMahon is back in the fray as an on-screen character. The McMahon Family takes great pride in their reputation, in both the wrestling industry and mainstream media. However, there have been many shameful moments and stories to come out through the years. We will look at fifteen of the most high profile incidents The McMahon Family wish never got exposed.
15. Vince Bullying Others
WWE has been vocal in their campaigns speaking out against bullying over the past decade. The Be a Star movement focuses on wrestlers visiting schools and teaching children about the dangers of bullying each other. Sadly, the chairman of the WWE is one of the biggest bullies in the wrestling industry. Vince McMahon has been known to treat others poorly.
McMahon uses tactics like yelling, belittling and embarrassing others to get his point across. Mick Foley quit the WWE at one point when making an attempt at his broadcasting career due to Vince constantly berating him through his headset. CM Punk flat out called McMahon one of the biggest bullies he ever met. The relationship between McMahon and Jim Ross saw him bully J.R. numerous times. Stories circulating that Vince found pride in the bullying is something that haunts the WWE when trying to get their message across.
14. Linda Donating $6 Million To Trump
The McMahon Family is clearly proud of Linda McMahon being named to Donald Trump’s staff as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. They have to be a little less thrilled about how she received the position. Various websites leaked the news that Linda donated $6 million to Trump’s Presidential campaign on behalf of The McMahon Family.
Despite most of the world already knowing The McMahons are Republicans with ties to Trump, they try to remain neutral when it comes to public perception. The decisiveness of Trump will lead to more than half of Americans not being excited about their favorite form of entertainment donating that much to him. Factor in the feelings of other countries and it becomes a bit risky for a global brand. The McMahon Family wishes they could have helped Linda get the position without the world knowing how much they gave to Trump.
13. Potential Stephanie McMahon/Randy Savage Scandal
One of the juiciest wrestling urban legends out there states Randy Savage had relations with an underage Stephanie McMahon that caused Vince McMahon to loathe him forever. Savage left the WWE in 1994 and never returned to the company before passing away in 2011. Many insiders revealed that Savage was the top name on Vince’s hate list and the legend would never be welcomed back into the WWE.
The rumor surfaced a few years ago through former writers and wrestlers. No one has a concrete answer, but the juicy story continues to pick up steam. Considering Vince and Stephanie will never address it, we’ll never truly know, but that also means it will continue to exist on the rumor mill. The McMahon Family likely detests this being out there, regardless of whether it it’s true or not.
12. WCW Dominated WWE For A Short Time Period
The Monday Night Wars are celebrated through many documentaries and other projects by the WWE. However, Vince McMahon has forever held on to a deep hatred of the WCW brand. The wrestlers to come from WCW to the WWE often suffered from poor booking and WCW’s history is constantly trashed on the WWE product when they look back at history.
McMahon clearly has a huge ego and hated the fact that WCW actually beat down WWE in the ratings war for almost two years. The New World Order’s inception saw fans choose WCW over WWE. Vince held on to this enough to make decisions based out of spite for WCW. The fact that WCW dominated the WWE for a short time period is something The McMahons definitely wish they could erase from the record books.
11. Shane Was Almost Conned Out Of $20 million
Vince McMahon is known for his shrewd business skills. The rest of The McMahon Family have typically followed suit with great wealth following them all. Shane McMahon almost made a huge mistake that would have looked poorly for The McMahons if he went through with it. The investment was said to be in the $20 million range that would have seen him invest in Maxim magazine.
Calvin Darden Jr. conned his investors into thinking his father was buying the Maxim property. Instead, it was him swindling many of those looking to score a big coup, including Shane. Luckily, Shane got out of it, but he was close to being worked by someone outside of the ring. The McMahon Family refuses to accept failure and Shane’s business flop would have been a huge disappointment.