Part of the business for generations, the McMahon family is considered wrestling royalty in the world of Sports Entertainment. Like most families of power, they are drenched in billions of dollars and have an undeniable control over tyrants, warriors and their own unimaginable beasts known as WWE superstars. Also, like most families, the McMahon’s go through the typical events that every household must endure. They show each other affection, make each other angry and, at times, beat each other senseless. Sometimes they’ll do too much of all three of those things and bring those dynamics out of the house and onto WWE TV.
Some would call the man of the family, Vince McMahon, an evil genius while others would label him as clinically insane. There is nothing Vince won’t do for an awe, a wow, or even a cringe when it comes to drawing a reaction to his business, even when it involves his own family. Vince has forced his wife to put up with his infidelity, booked his son to brutal matches and placed his daughter in some embarrassing situations, all for our viewing pleasure. Despite this, the McMahon’s give us the visual of a perfect family with everything neatly tied together. Almost too neatly… Most of the time, when they aren’t hitting each other with chairs. Whether it’s loving, lustful, or aggressive, here are 15 times the McMahon family got uncomfortably close and extremely violent with each other on WWE television.
15 PAPA'S PEEK
Stephanie McMahon is the princess of the McMahon family and has spent almost the entirety of her life in the business. Once becoming a television figure in her twenties, Stephanie soon got breast enlargement surgery, presumably to hold her ground against the locker-room Divas who had done the same.
Now, every once in awhile, a guy can’t help if their eyes happen to land on a woman’s cleavage. Breasts and eyes can have a magnetic attraction to one another. The biggest the chest, the greater the pull. A peek now and again doesn’t hurt anybody under the right circumstances, but prolonged leering can get creepy. Especially if you’re a man looking at your own daughter. However, as powerful a man that Vince is, his eyes have been succumbed to weak will when it comes to Stephanie McMahon.
14 WATCH DADDY FLEX
Vince McMahon, for a man of his age, is extremely jacked and proud of it. With the way he puts his talent over, many have speculated that Vince has a borderline obsession with large, strong men, which causes no surprise that he’d try to be one himself.
He’s clearly proud of his allegedly roided muscles (at least at the time,) and doesn’t mind flaunting them to the entire family as if to say “look what daddy can do!” Vince looks as if he’s fiending for compliments, which I’m sure the kids were happy to deliver. Linda McMahon looks as if she’s getting steamy seeing Vince in this light as the future runner for senate starts rubbing his body. This could possibly be one of the happiest images of Vince to roam the internet. Makes you wonder what family game night is like if Vince isn’t winning.
13 BOSS TRIUMPHANTLY HOLDS HANDS WITH HIS EMPLOYEE SON-IN-LAW
Triple H has received a lot of heat for marrying the boss's daughter Stephanie McMahon. Many stars in the locker room believe he only did it to elevate his status within the company. However, Triple H was also known as one of the hardest workers in the room and was one of very few to be a “straight shooter,” avoiding partying and drugs to work his way up. Though Triple H was well on his way before ever interacting with Stephanie, the Cerebral Assassin did see a big jump in his career after tying the knot with the boss’s daughter.
That being said, Vince has never been shy when it came to showing his family bond with Triple H on screen, often raising his hands in triumph, a gesture many WWE superstars could only dream of.
12 ARM OVER SHOULDER
Pretty much anytime Vince is near Stephanie, he touches her. Putting his arm over her shoulder might not seem like THAT big of a deal, although this is commonly done by boyfriends as a sign of togetherness. It just seems a little off, does Vince have a thing for his daughter? It’s rumoured that there was a time where Vince wanted to start a romantic storyline with Steph, but the whole thing was scrapped when she refused to go along with it.
Yup, you read that right. Vince wanted to start a “romantic storyline” with his own daughter. I wonder if he’s ever pulled the arm over shoulder trick while she was sitting on the couch with him. My guess is probably,
11 TRIPLE H HAS TWO WORDS FOR VINCE
Telling people to “suck it” was Triple H’s thing. When he started D-Generation X with his partner in crime Shawn Michaels, the duo turned the term into a worldwide phenomenon. Usually in a situation where Triple H gestured his signature crotch-taunt towards Vince, I’d attempt to make some kind of half-hearted joke about how Triple H might have got the boss confused with his wife or something like that. But I can’t, it was Triple H’s thing.
What’s funny about this, is how close Vince was to the Game’s nether regions, almost face to face. Or in this case, head-to-head. Vince’s gaze upon Triple H’s pedigree almost makes you think the song “Close to You” by the Carpenters started playing in his mind. “Why do birds suddenly appear? Every time… you are neaarrrrrrrr…”
10 THE AWKWARD SIBLING KISS
Of everything in this article, this is probably the most recent of McMahon family affection on WWE TV. Shane had just returned to the WWE after his nearly seven year long hiatus from the company. Raw and Smackdown were about to split rosters and the siblings were in a leadership battle to run the latter of the two shows. Shane ended up becoming the commissioner of Smackdown whereas Stephanie would continue to run Raw.
As a sign of friendly competition, Stephanie invited her big brother to give her a kiss on the cheek. Fair enough. Shane leaned in and kind of hesitated for a moment before landing a quick one on his sister, barely. The buildup was even more awkward than the kiss itself, I sense that this is something the McMahon siblings don’t do often.
9 STEPH HITS THE FAMILY JEWELS
The low-blow is inexplicably the dirtiest move in the history of wrestling. It involves you using your forearm (or sometimes foot) to whack your opponent in the nether-regions, rendering them incapacitated. Sometimes the attack is done from behind, usually unexpected by the receiver as well as the audience, adding fuel to the burning fire.
Before WWE implemented their no-intergender matchup rules, Vince and Steph had a match that resulted in a number of moves that took things too far, some of which you’ll see later in the article. It was WWE No Mercy and Stephanie, indeed, used her arm to destruct the place from which she came, possibly in a grand scheme to not only win the match, but ensure that no other McMahon siblings come into the fold to decrease her chances of one day heeding the WWE pyramid.
8 ALMOST TOUCHY
People talk with their hands, it’s a natural form of expression. The majority of the time, we don’t even realize that we’re doing it. However, Vince seems strangely aware of his hand placement during a backstage segment where he tells Stephanie he’s taking over her office. While explaining his reasonings, his hand gets awfully close to her chest multiple times during the interaction. So much so that at certain angles it looks as if he may have possibly grazed it, though this is neither confirmed nor denied.
We can’t sit here and say he was trying to do this on purpose, we’re not Vince, we have no idea. We hope he wouldn’t, but as you’ve already seen, Vince isn’t afraid to get close to Stephanie, which will be proven again right now…
7 STEPHANIE SLAPS LINDA
Stephanie McMahon became one of the most hated on-screen characters of the Attitude Era after pairing with Triple H to form the McMahon/Helmsley regime. In the buildup to WrestleMania 2000, her character hit a new low when she slapped her own mother, Linda McMahon. Stephanie has said in various interviews since that slapping her own mother made her want to throw up, but it wasn't the last time she'd have to do it, as she would slap her again during the Invasion storyline in 2001. The McMahon family drama never seems to end on-screen in the WWE and this was just another time when things might have went too far. Vince has booked some crazy things in his time, but how on earth did he pitch this to his daughter and wife?
6 TOUGH LOVE
Physical discipline is an old school technique that has haunted children for generations. The only thing worse than getting grounded is a hard smack on the behind. Today’s generation of kids doesn’t know what it’s like to get spanked, nonetheless disciplined at all from the looks of it a lot of the time, but in Vince McMahon’s young age, who knows what kind of smack-down Vince Sr. laid on him.
Vince took things a whole lot further, however, when he mercilessly beat up his own daughter, Stephanie, at the appropriately titled pay-per-view, No Mercy. Aside from fists, slams and grand insults, Vince went as far as to choke Stephanie with a nightstick, strangling her in front of her mother. It’s doubtful Vince would go to this kind of extreme outside of the ring, but it makes you wonder what the McMahon kids did endure when they were misbehaving out of camera eye.
5 WIFEY FEELS THE WRATH
Linda McMahon is the least athletic and most fragile of the McMahon bunch. During Vince’s match with Stephanie at No Mercy, Mrs. McMahon stayed outside the ring, providing support for her daughter and occasionally getting involved. Vince, frustrated with Linda getting in the mix of the matchup, ended up choking the woman in the ring, staring deep into her eyes like a crazed, abusive maniac who had just returned home from a hefty night of drinking and was looking for a fight.
With his hand aggressively around the neck of the future senate-candidate, Vince shoved Linda down to the floor, rendering her presumably bruised for the next few weeks. This encounter did, however, give Stephanie opportunity to attack Vince in an act of vengeance.
4 KISS THE BISCH
For most fathers, one of their biggest fears would be to see their daughter locking lips with most men. So it’s no surprise that seeing their daughter tongue-swapping with their worst enemy would presumably be a father’s worst nightmare. Not for Vince, though.
Eric Bischoff ran WCW, and had a huge hand in nearly and intentionally putting Vince out of business. When WCW crumbled due to Bischoff’s loss of control, the company submitted to WWE and cancelled. The WWE universe was in shock when Vince hired Bischoff to be the General Manager of Raw not long later.
In a bizarre backstage segment, Vince thought it would be great to have his mortal enemy, Eric Bischoff, make out with his daughter, Stephanie. As if the situation wasn’t weird enough for Eric and Steph, Vince was right there to direct the scene as it filmed, watching his daughter play tonsil tennis.
3 BIZARRE FATHER-SON BONDING
When it comes to father-son bonding, a number of things come to mind. Perhaps they’ll play fetch in the yard, or go to a sporting event or even get some delicious ice cream. Watching your dad pull his pants down and taking the face of his employees to shove into his bare cheeks, however, takes the father-son dynamic to a whole nother level.
The “kiss my ass club” was Vince’s special place for people he would, for the most part, force to lay their lips on his cheeks. Often these people would be incapacitated or otherwise forced to do so against their will, either as a way to keep their job or otherwise. Shane took a knocked-out Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and forced his face against his dad’s exposed glutes. This dynamic would not last forever though.
2 SHANE’S BUMMER PUNISHMENT
The things Stephanie has had to go through when it came to WWE TV was pretty bad, and she and Vince have been in some bizarre situations. But could any of them top the fact that Shane too, was forced to price his lips on daddy’s cheeks? And we ain’t talking about the ones on Vince’s face.
Shawn Michaels, who a few weeks prior was forced to join the kiss my ass club with Shane’s at the helm, managed to get revenge when he took the boss’s son’s face and shoved it where the sun don’t shine.
Again, Vince is the head of creative and therefore has final say on everything that goes down on TV. I guess if Stephanie got a whooping at No Mercy, he felt this would be the best bad thing to do to Shane?
Although Vince has videographic evidence of abusing his children despite them being deep into adult hood, he does, at times, show his strange, strange affection...
1 VINCE AND STEPHANIE KISS
In one of the most awkward, uncomfortable and downright stomach churning segments in the history of WWE TV, Vince and Stephanie shared a kiss on the lips on live television. In this almost sexualized segment, Stephanie begs Vince to let her husband Triple H seek vengeance on the Rock for something the Great One did to her.
There’s a strange dread of “I don’t like where this is going” surrounding the scene, as Stephanie uses an almost seductive tone in her voice to try and convince her father to make the match. The two are sitting on a couch in his office, making things all the more bizarre feeling. It almost felt like the starting of an adult film. When Vince says he’d consider it, Stephanie grabs his hand and leans in for a smooch with her pops. You can see in her face she was a little uncomfortable, but not as much as those watching.