Vince McMahon has been at the helm in the WWE for nearly fifty years. He's been through it all while he was owner of the company. During his tenure, he experienced many highs and few lows. Vince helped to make wrestling a mainstream force during the 1980s. He helped refine the image for wrestling's biggest star ever in Hulk Hogan. After a lull in the early '90s he created wrestling's best heel with the Mr. McMahon character during the Attitude Era. That character had WWE's most legendary feud against Steve Austin. Then in the early 2000's, Vince helped to create WWE's most entertaining period the Ruthless Aggression Era. Since then it's mostly been forgettable wrestling for WWE's Chairman. He has failed to create stars for WWE's future and has relied on part-timers to carry the load. This isn't the only mistake McMahon has made as many wrestling's shoot interviews and headlines have exposed the Boss for who he really is. The shoot interviews have confessed that McMahon isn't the genius that most claim him to be and that he's had his fair share of poor ideas
Here are 15 wrestling confessions that will no doubt anger Vince McMahon.
15 Vince Russo deserves some credit for the Attitude Era
Vince Russo has failed at everything related to wrestling since leaving the WWE in 1999. He helped end WCW. He failed to get rehired by the WWE after The Invasion. Russo failed to make TNA a credible threat to WWE despite having incredible talent. He has proven that on his own he is a failure without Vince McMahon as a filter. When he and Vince worked together in the late '90s they helped the WWE keep up with WCW. Russo's ideas included a lesser emphasis on the wrestling and more emphasis on crazy outside of the ring antics. For it's time period it worked and the period became known as the Attitude Era. Russo played a major role for ideas for the Attitude Era and Vince can't take that away from him,
14 Bret Hart hated the WBF
Vince McMahon's ideas after the 1980s were bizarre at times. Sure he was willing to give opportunities to deserving people like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. But then he gave the title of King of the Ring to Mable. Vince also wasn't the best at coming up with gimmicks as instead of being professional wrestlers, wrestlers wrestled as another occupation. Wrestlers that fit that build include The Goon, Repo Man, and Duke the Dumpster Drose. Something that can be told by his choice in favorites are that Vince enjoys bodybuilders. His love for bodybuilders reached an all-time high when he created the World Bodybuilding Federation, an entire league dedicated to bodybuilding. One of his top stars Bret Hart was not a fan of the waste of money that was the WBF and it lasted three years before Vince ended it.
13 Daniel Bryan won't renew his contract
Daniel Bryan wasn't seen by Vince McMahon as a top guy. That was made known by the fact that he didn't want Bryan in the main event of WrestleMania XXX. Thankfully, all wrestling fans realized that it was nonsense for Bryan to not be in the main event and Vince changed his mind. As we all know, Bryan had serious concussion issues and ended his WWE career abruptly. Despite Bryan still wanting to wrestle, McMahon has made it known that he is not risking Bryan getting another concussion. Because of WWE not allowing him to wrestle again, Bryan does not plan on renewing his contract. Once his contract expires he plans on returning to ROH.
12 The Brawl for All wasted a lot of money
The Brawl for All was one of WWE's biggest waste of time and money ever. Having lower tier professional wrestlers fight each other for real did nothing for the wrestlers or the wrestling business. For one it was a slap in the face of the fans who being told that everything besides the Brawl for All was fake. It did nothing for the tournament's winner Bart Gunn who got knocked out an actual boxer at WrestleMania XV. Lastly, it did nothing for the company. The company lost tons of money paying for the medical bills of those who competed. Earlier Vince Russo's contributions in Attitude Era were spoken about positively. However, this idea of his may be the worst thing he's ever given the wrestling business.
11 He fired CM Punk on his wedding day
CM Punk's departure upset not only wrestling fans, but the man responsible for calling the shots, Vince McMahon. According to Punk, Vince was in tears when he met with him and told him he was leaving. Vince's emotions got the best of him when he made the decision to officially fire CM Punk on July 15, 2014. That happened to be the same day where CM Punk married AJ Lee. According to Vince, it was pure coincidence and Punk doesn't believe that for a second. On the Steve Austin Podcast, Vince apologized to Punk and Punk refused to accept the apology as Vince didn't call to speak to him personally. Vince and the WWE are willing to open the doors to a CM Punk return. Sadly for us fans, Punk doesn't feel the same way.
10 He's Out of Touch
Vince McMahon has only created one star in the wrestling business. That man was The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior portrayed what Vince McMahon sees in a wrestler to the fullest effect. Other major stars that the WWE had were not created by Vince McMahon. Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin made their name elsewhere before joining the WWE. John Cena and The Rock got themselves over with no help of McMahon. Vince has tried to create stars and failed miserably. He mistakenly turned Diesel into a generic face. What he's doing with Roman Reigns clearly isn't working. What McMahon thinks is star in 2017 clearly isn't working anymore. He's had little to no success in helping to create stars for WWE.
9 The XFL was by far his worst idea
The XFL was by far Vince McMahon's worst creation. In the year 2001, Vince McMahon attempted to create an alternative to the NFL. His idea was the Xtreme Football League. From the beginning it was bad. They tried to hard to be anti-NFL and that obviously cost them. They had wrestlers come out and try to entertain the football crowd. Most players were NFL rejects. Up until the end of the season, the games were horrible and not exciting football to watch. Vince McMahon along with NBC, poured in 100 million dollars on this failed experiment. The XFL is clearly Vince's biggest loss of money. It lasted only one season before being canned. The XFL ranks up there with the WBF as Vince's worst ideas.
8 Mauro Ranallo was bullied by JBL
Mauro Ranallo being fired from the WWE earlier this year was a travesty. He's their second best commentator ever and WWE chose their worst commentator over him. JBL is by far their worst commentator and it's not even close. Mauro and JBL commentated SmackDown together for less than a year. Mauro couldn't handle JBL's bullying during that time period. JBL and bullying is something that shouldn't come as a surprise. Edge, Justin Roberts, and many others during his 20 year stint with WWE. Mauro put up with JBL's bullying for as long as he could until he refused to show up to a SmackDown show. After week's no showing WWE cut ties with Mauro. WWE and JBL received major backlash for the firing. Thankfully for us fans, Mauro was rehired as the play-by-play announcer for NXT.
7 His horrible ideas for Steve Austin
Vince McMahon as I previously stated, does not have the best eye for talent. He chooses poorer performers over better one's and for that he should be criticized. One of the most extreme instances is Vince McMahon's concept for Steve Austin. According to many people, Vince McMahon did not want Austin to talk. He wanted Ted DiBiase to be his mouthpiece. If you watch Austin in ECW, as well as WCW, it was clear that he needed no mouthpiece. When he wanted to give Austin an edge or a cold-blooded vibe to him, he suggested the nickname "Chilly McFreeze." Luckily Stone Cold was chosen instead. Vince McMahon almost missed the boat on WWE's biggest star of the Attitude Era and he had to have been blind for almost doing so.
6 For most of the '90s, wrestlers were underpaid
Wrestling in the middle of '90s was bad all-around. Wrestling wasn't drawing in either the WWE and WCW and one man took an interesting step to solve that. Eric Bischoff was hired by Ted Turner to create a successful wrestling company and was given Ted Turner's huge checkbook. With that checkbook he made huge signings such as Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, and Scott Hall. The common theme with these wrestlers are that they wrestled with the WWE prior to joining WCW. Despite WWE clearly providing better wrestling they still left. The reason for them leaving was the because they were only paid per diem. WCW on the other hand were paid a yearly salary of millions of dollars. Luckily, Vince McMahon would switch over to guaranteed contracts.
5 He doesn't know the difference between his employees
This one is by far the most surprising since he is the one paying his employees. You would think the least he could do is learn their names. This one happened almost 10 years ago and the story is told by WWE's resident jobber Curt Hawkins. During a shoot interview, Hawkins stated their was a meeting called to talk about the implementation of PG. Newly signed talent Michael Tarver was there. He asked Vince McMahon a question pertaining to the PG Era and Vince replied to Tarver "Good question Shelton". Something like this doesn't nearly get enough attention. Vince not knowing the difference between two of his African-American employees is a joke.
4 He didn't want Triple H to date Stephanie
Wrestling's most famous power couple weren't always destined to be together. Triple H left his then-girlfriend Chyna. Whether he cheated on her with Stephanie or dumped her before getting with Stephanie is an answer we will never know. Vince McMahon was another outside entity who took issue with the two dating. At first, the two hid it from him thinking that he wouldn't approve of the two dating. Unfortunately for them they were caught and Vince put an end to their relationship. After being persuade by his wife Linda, Vince allowed the two to continue date and they got married in 2003. To think Vince almost put a complete end to the two dating. We wouldn't have the talent that is in WWE now nor would we have NXT.
3 Most wrestlers were addicted to pills
This entry is by far the darkest and most disturbing on the list. Wrestlers and their addiction to all types of pills is scary. Thankfully the amount of wrestlers that rely on pills nowadays are close to none but prior to the Attitude Era, the number was through the roof. The amount of punishment a wrestler puts his body through is absurd. Wrestlers were more often then not would work through injuries and that doesn't fly in the WWE anymore. Apparently, the WWE locker room was once so reliant on medicine that all you would have to do is shake a pill bottle and wrestlers would be begging to get some of what you have. Numerous amount of deaths in the wrestling business can be attributed to drug overdoses.
2 He's the reason the WWE isn't doing well
WWE's ratings are the lowest they've been in some time. They have all the talent in the world but have no idea what to do with them. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, and Finn Balor are all great talents but WWE has given them nothing. It doesn't help that their generic but WWE is doing them no favors with their nonsensical booking. The man who somewhat responsible for this is the man who makes most of the decisions for the WWE. That man is obviously Vince McMahon. He takes these talents that were groomed phenomenally in NXT and just refuses to book them correctly. Because of this, WWE are left to rely on part-time Superstars instead of creating stars on their own.
1 Vince and Triple H are not on good terms
There is a strife going on behind the WWE curtains between WWE's current boss and it's future boss as Triple H and Vince McMahon are at odds. Triple H has created entertaining wrestling for wrestling fans in NXT. Vince McMahon has forgotten how to write and create decent wrestling on the main roster. They have many disagreements over how to use certain talent. There was a rumor going around that Triple H is unhappy with how Vince has treated NXT talent that have been called up to the main roster. Many could see Triple H being upset with the way talent such as Bayley, Sami Zayn, and Sasha Banks have been treated on the main roster. Hopefully, Vince realizes that he has some talent on his hands and begins to use them correctly.
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