Vince McMahon and John Cena once took a short break from WWE to go and help out an indy promotion in Massachusetts.
Before WWE became the global phenomenon that it is today, the US was split into a number of different wrestling territories. After Vince McMahon bought WWE from his father, he went about buying out the rest of the territories in North America. Eventually, he managed to collect them all and turn WWE into the dominant juggernaut that it is today.
Wrestling fans are often split over whether what Mr. McMahon did back then was good or bad for the business. Some long for another era during which territories are king, whereas others believe Mr. McMahon elevated wrestling by doing what he did. What is no secret is that the WWE chairman isn't a fan of rival wrestling promotions in the present day, and doesn't tend to play well with others.
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However, that is not entirely true. Every now and again, Mr. McMahon shows signs that he can help other wrestling promotions. He even helped fund ECW on the down low during the late 1990s. However, we had completely forgotten about the video below. An occasion when not only did the boss let John Cena referee a match at an indy show, but he even tagged along so he could do a run in.
The show took place in 2007 and according to fans on Reddit, was for indy promotion Chaotic Wrestling. We believe the promotion is, or at least was, owned by Cena's father, hence his appearance. It was also a charity show of some sort. Cena was the special guest referee for a Chaotic Championship match between Rick Fuller and Brian Milonas.
When Mr. McMahon rushes the ring, he is naturally met with a roof-raising reaction from the fans. The chairman then slaps Cena across the face, and the 16 time World Champion responds by delivering an FU (now the AA) to the boss. We have been to a fair few indy shows and witnessed some pretty special moments. However, they all pale in comparison to Cena and McMahon showing up for an angle unannounced.