The WWE is a company with a storied past, one that has captivated millions of people over the past five decades. Sure there have been some missteps during that time, but fans have always hung with Vince McMahon and company through thick and thin. Now that McMahon is in his 70s, many have questioned his ability to efficiently run the billion dollar company. While outside opinions will never dictate the inner workings of the WWE board room, a real conversation must be brewing internally about who should be running the show in Stamford, Connecticut.
Currently there are only three heirs to the WWE kingdom; Vince’s son Shane McMahon, Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon, and Vince’s son in-law Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Oh, and let’s not forget that Vince McMahon is still alive and well, and will most likely die before relinquishing power. While a case could be made for any of these four running the WWE, in the end there can only be on boss of the company. Today we will look at four arguments why each of the previously mentioned candidates should assume power of the WWE.
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4. Vince McMahon: For Every Miss, He Gets A Hit
Vince McMahon has made a ton of mistakes, like having a match with God, or making Hornswoggle the anonymous RAW General Manager. But for every one one of those terrible ideas, we get great things like WrestleMania, or the Attitude Era. Sure in his older age, Vince has lost some touch with the current wave of pop culture and technology, but this is still the guy whose idea it was to create the WWE Network – a service that has revolutionized premium streaming content. Some may argue that Vince has always had help in creating many of the ideas that we have come to love, but keep in mind that prior to the Ruthless Aggression Era, the Chairman of WWE wrote every storyline himself. Additionally Vince has served as the filter for a writers room, in which countless bad ideas have been snuffed before they started.
4. Shane McMahon: Natural Babyface
Serving as the opposite of his sister, Shane McMahon is a natural fan favorite. Even when Shane was running heel during the Attitude Era, most fans couldn’t help but love the fourth generation McMahon. His antics in the ring during his sporadic matches, led to respect outside of it from wrestlers and the WWE Universe alike. When Shane returned to the family business in 2016, things hadn’t changed, with Shane receiving a five minute long ovation from the crowd, and one of the biggest pops in years. The celebration was for good reason too, as Shane was speaking as a surrogate for the bored WWE audience. Since then Shane O’Mac has been on a hot streak with the crowd, and if he took over the company, chances are they would give him more slack than any other person on this list.
4. Stephanie McMahon: Natural Heel
Stephanie McMahon is arguably the most hated heel in the WWE of the past 15 years, and it makes sense, as her father is her main competition for that title. In fact, it’s safe to say that on this list, Stephanie might play the best heel on camera. That heel boss persona is a necessary evil for the WWE moving forward, especially to work as a foil against the “good guy” bosses in the WWE. The Billion Dollar Princess is currently the only heel authority figure in the WWE, with Shane McMahon being loved by the SmackDown crowd, and Triple H sitting as a “tweener”, and Vince being gone from television for long periods of time.
In case you doubt the effectiveness of a dominant heel authority figure, just think to your fondness of Eric Bischoff running WCW, and Mr. McMahon running WWE during the Attitude Era.
4. Triple H: Relates To Workers
Triple H was a wrestling fan, who became a wrestler, who became a creative advisor, who became a WWE corporate employee. Triple H’s resume isn’t just impressive, but critical to the role of leader of the WWE. Not only can The Game relate to executives in the board room, but he can also put himself into the shoes of wrestlers. While Vince McMahon grew up in the business, and wrestled in his fair share of matches, one thing he has never been, is a wrestler. By understanding the needs and frustrations of the in-ring talent, Triple H can effectively make changes on the corporate side of things, which should in turn benefit the wrestlers. This new mindset could set the company up to finally have a synergy between both groups, which should benefit the company and fans.
3. Vince McMahon: He Created It
Imagine creating something from the ground up, cultivating it from an idea, to a multi-billion dollar empire; would you be willing just to give that up? Be honest, could you really see yourself willfully handing over the reigns to another person while you still felt that you were capable of running things? Chances are if you are being true to yourself the answer is no, and you have fallen into the same category as Vince McMahon in regards to the WWE. Now is his reluctance to relinquish power in the company he started right? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean the feeling isn’t warranted. Vince McMahon’s life is wrestling, and if didn’t have a death grip on the product, chances are he wouldn’t know what to do with himself in the real world.