The bond between Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon is among the strongest loves between a parent and a child. Vince would never publicly admit it, but history has shown he has a special love for Stephanie that supersedes his love for his son, Shane McMahon. Stephanie’s backstage power in the WWE rose in record time. Many viewed her as the only bulletproof employee that never had to worry about Vince’s wrath. The fact that Stephanie’s on-screen performances and overall acting skills is very close to Vince’s shows just how alike they are. Vince is unquestionably proud of Stephanie’s success in the wrestling and business worlds.
However, Stephanie has been responsible for quite a few negative moments in her career. The shame associated with some of these memories lived on through Vince naturally, as he's her biggest supporter. Vince definitely protected her and would never speak about being ashamed of these facts. Anyone with an unbiased point of view would assume the obvious fact that a parent and mentor would be unhappy with some of her actions. We will take a look at the history of the McMahon family and specifically discuss the fifteen things Vince McMahon is not proud to reveal about Stephanie McMahon.
15 No Job Experience Before WWE
Stephanie McMahon has become an extremely successful businesswoman in the entertainment industry today. The power that comes with her success in the WWE is definitely a huge story that the McMahon family loves to boast about. A little known fact about her background is that she didn’t have any strong experience before earning her spot in the WWE.
Vince McMahon hired her for a role at WWE’s sales office as an account executive right out of college. This led to Stephanie becoming an on-air character and a person of influence backstage. Shane McMahon worked for years in various fields before he received any noteworthy responsibility in the WWE. Stephanie skated by with little to no experience as she was always planned to be granted an executive position if she wanted it. WWE loves to portray Stephanie as a self-made woman working her way to the top, but Vince can’t be proud of the public knowledge showing she was handed the job.
14 She Broke The Golden Rule Dating Triple H
The relationship between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon is celebrated today, but that wasn’t always the case. Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon allegedly set a rule that neither Shane nor Stephanie could date wrestlers if they decided to work for the company, for obvious reasons. This fear came to fruition when Stephanie broke the rule by entering a relationship with Triple H.
Vince tried to prevent the relationship from going forward, but eventually allowed it. Stephanie’s storyline with Triple H led to art becoming reality as she went against her parents’ request. Much to everyone’s chagrin, Stephanie taking a chance ended up working out. Stephanie and Triple H are still together sixteen years later and appear stronger than ever, while Vince trusts them with the future of the WWE. However, the relationship starting against his wishes is something he can't be proud of.
13 Responsible For Chyna Being Blackballed By WWE
The worst thing about Stephanie McMahon’s relationship with Triple H is the fact that she was the third person in a love triangle. Triple H was dating Chyna for a while until he entered a television storyline with Stephanie. Chyna would be hoodwinked with Triple H seeing Stephanie behind her back. WWE refused to extend Chyna’s contract when she found out about Triple H cheating on her with the boss’ daughter.
Vince McMahon handled the difficult situation by protecting his daughter. Chyna left the company ,allowing Stephanie and Triple H to freely date without the fear of her being backstage. We would never see Chyna return to the WWE again in her lifetime. The legend passed away last year, making it impossible to see her back in the WWE to be celebrated for her accomplishments. Chyna will likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day but Stephanie preventing it from happening years ago is a black mark Vince can’t be content with.
12 Made Tasteless Comments After 9/11
One of the most shameful incidents that still haunts the WWE today is Stephanie McMahon discussing her feelings after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The wrestlers were given the opportunity to share confessional style videos expressing grief and their genuine emotion following the tragedy that left the country collectively heartbroken. Stephanie has the only vignette that still stands out today for negative reasons.
Stephanie made it clear she considered the terrorist attacks taking many innocent lives as similar to the federal government going after the WWE in the early 90s. Vince McMahon was taken to court regarding drug distribution and other issues going on in the company. A daughter defending her dad is fine, but bringing it up years later in such a tasteless manner is something no one can be proud of.
11 She Made Out With Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff posed the biggest threat to the McMahon Empire, with his WCW challenging WWE during the Monday Night Wars. His goal was to put the WWE out of business and there were times where you believed it could happen. WWE eventually won the war and Bischoff had to tuck his tail between his legs and accept a job offer from Vince McMahon.
For some reason, Vince booked Bischoff in a segment to make out with Stephanie and it's kind of insane to look back on. Instead of having Bischoff take a beating from Bradshaw or Hardcore Holly, Vince pushed his nemesis by having him kiss his daughter on national television. Nothing came from the kiss between the rival General Managers, making it even worse. It was one of the lower moments for Stephanie on television and Vince must have instantly regretted it.
10 Controversial John Cena Segment
Stephanie McMahon's GM run on SmackDown is a forgotten part of her career. It was the rare case of her playing a face character trying to appeal to the fans. A random moment came during this time that saw her involved in a bizarre segment with John Cena. This moment took place as Cena started to take off with fans who were rallying behind his freestyle rapper character.
Cena recited a rap to Stephanie and it somehow ended with him smacking her on the backside at her request. It created controversy online, considering Stephanie and Triple H were still a well-known item. Cena and Stephanie had no association on screen or aftermath to add any sense to it. Vince McMahon can’t be too thrilled that a video exists of the biggest star in his company smacking his daughter’s backside.
9 Somewhat Responsible For Ratings Going Down
WWE was a juggernaut at the height of the Attitude Era. Ratings and buy rates were soaring in the late 90s and early 2000s. Stephanie McMahon started to gain power around this time and was one of the main people in charge of creative for the on-screen product. From there, the decision to hire television writers rather than wrestling minds came from her, which drastically changed the product.
Ratings started to fall with the new approach and the times changing. The culture no longer craved wrestling in the way it did during the late 90s. WCW going out of business also limited the appeal of the industry. There are many reasons why, but Stephanie’s power coinciding with the ratings going downhill is something WWE has tried to hide.
8 Stephanie And The XFL
Vince rarely fails at anything, but one of the biggest disappointments of his career is his failed venture with the XFL. Vince went all-in with the bold idea resulting in millions of dollars lost. To this day, McMahon is still scrutinized for actually thinking he could have given the NFL some type of competition. We know one thing; trying something like this takes a big pair of you know what's.
Like the WWE, Vince incorporated his family into the failed business venture as Stephanie worked as a reporter for the league. Steph recently posted the picture on social media and, surely, Vince isn’t too proud of that entire ordeal, let alone his daughter taking part in it. Vince has finally given ESPN the green light to do a 30 for 30 films special on the league, now that should be some must-see-television.
7 Failed Fitness Series DVD
A recent project from the WWE saw Stephanie McMahon and Triple H release fitness DVDs. Both workout projects showed Stephanie and Triple H trying to market and profit off of their exercise plans. Stephanie led a group of female wrestlers in showing off how to perform a workout that has helped get her into great shape.
The DVD sales were a disaster and any chance of the series continuing were erased. Stephanie and Triple H’s egos made them believe their celebrity would make the vanity DVD series a huge success. The failure brought them back down to Earth with a lack of interest in their workout plans. Vince McMahon investing WWE’s money into the series showed faith in Stephanie, but the results brought nothing but embarrassment.
6 Reputation Of Being A Hypocrite
Stephanie McMahon's reputation is her biggest problem when trying to become an even bigger brand. Stephanie works for wonderful causes, like speaking up against bullying and teaching female empowerment. The problem is her actions don’t necessarily back up those claims. Stephanie’s has been rumored to be one of the biggest bullies in the WWE and she has been known to enforce her power on others backstage.
Recent years have seen the WWE branding the female revolution and trying to practice female empowerment. The company has treated women poorly for years with Stephanie at the helm. Nothing has changed, aside from WWE having momentum to make money off of the ladies and Stephanie looking good as the person pushing for it. Her sometimes hypocritical nature leads to criticism Vince McMahon would love to shield his daughter from.
5 Got Publicly Humiliated By AJ Lee On Twitter
The aforementioned hypocritical persona of Stephanie McMahon has left the door wide open for insults from anyone wanting to publicly excoriate her. It finally happened when Stephanie quoted Patricia Arquette supporting gender equality. WWE not offering equal pay or opportunity to the female wrestlers on the roster is probably something Stephanie didn’t want brought up, but AJ Lee decided to ignite the fire by being the one to call her out.
CM Punk’s hatred of the McMahon family carried over to his wife. Lee publicly destroying Stephanie’s hypocritical message and WWE’s unfair pay for women made headlines on the internet. Stephanie was caught in the headlights and it remains one of the few times she was humiliated in front of the entire world to see witness on the internet.
4 She Buries Talent
Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon have both been great characters through the years. Stephanie's journey saw her follow Vince as the most ruthless villain authority figure in the WWE. One main difference is Vince always got his comeuppance by having the wrestlers he held down get the better of him. The same can’t be said for Stephanie, despite the fact that she feels the need to berate others on television every week.
Batista is just one of the wrestlers to publicly speak up against Stephanie slapping and humiliating the talent. Male wrestlers can’t get revenge by striking a woman, but they don’t even have the opportunity to make her look foolish. The female wrestlers also get buried by Stephanie with no revenge. It's one of the major issues on Raw and it comes at everyone else’s expense.
3 Backstabbed Shane
Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon both claim that they have a good relationship, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Both showed interest in having backstage roles in the WWE to succeed Vince McMahon in the family business. Shane worked hard jobs and had to climb his way to prominence, while Stephanie had a far easier road. A backstage power struggle between the two would see Stephanie eventually win out.
Vince made up his mind that the visions of Stephanie and Triple H would be the best route for WWE’s future. Shane was left out of the picture and chose to leave the company for many years until returning in 2016. The rumors indicated that Stephanie often showed more of a ruthless side, backstabbing and undermining her brother to get him out of the picture. Shane’s relationship with Stephanie and Triple H still appears contentious today.
2 He Wanted To Do A Weird Storyline With Her
Stephanie McMahon considers her father a hero and will always defend him to the utmost extent. Even her love is tested with some of the ideas that her dad puts forward. One specifically stood out as a ridiculous concept that forced Stephanie to put her foot down and tell him no. Vince wanted to use Stephanie’s real life pregnancy as a storyline on television.
The plan would have seen Vince revealed as the father of Stephanie’s child. For whatever reason, Vince thought an incest storyline would bring in viewers and create good television. Both Stephanie and Triple H were against her pregnancy being used in such a ridiculous manner. Vince will forever have to live with the shame of the public knowing that even Stephanie turned down his most ludicrous ideas.
1 Randy Savage Relationship Rumors
The one tidbit associated with Stephanie McMahon’s name that will always haunt Vince McMahon is the rumor of her having a relationship with Randy Savage. A conspiracy theory has claimed that the reason Vince hated Savage intensely was over the legend of him having a relationship with an underage Stephanie before he left the WWE. No one has confirmed it, but there have been some stories that allowed it to become believable.
Savage was allegedly the one person Vince flat out refused to ever work with again up to his death in 2011. Many wrestlers walked out on the WWE for WCW, so there had to be more to the story. The fact that it continues to float out there with more people continuing to believe it has to drive Vince nuts. Many are hoping Stephanie confirms or denies it in her upcoming memoir. Regardless, the rumor existing is the most controversial thing about Stephanie that Vince definitely isn’t proud of.