The person who's most likely to dictate the future of the wrestling business is Stephanie McMahon. Vince McMahon has unofficially agreed to pass on the WWE down to Stephanie and her husband Triple H. WWE is still running behind the leadership of Vince with Triple H and Stephanie right below him in the pecking order. Triple H is expected to take over as the head of the on-screen product with his in-ring knowledge and overall wrestling genius allowing him to add another dynamic. However, at the end of the day, it is Stephanie that will be the face of the WWE for many years to come.
Stephanie’s history in the WWE has seen her have a noteworthy role over the past seventeen years. She became an on-screen character at the young age of 23 years old. Her instant ability to connect as a character made her a bigger part of the storylines. Stephanie’s power continued to grow backstage as well. At just 40 years old today, Stephanie has become one of the most powerful women in all of entertainment. Vince obviously holds his baby girl in high esteem. There are some things however that she has done or has been a part of that he likely regrets being out there. We’ll look at them with the top fifteen things Vince wants you to forget about Stephanie McMahon.
15 Randy Savage Rumors
One of the biggest urban legends in wrestling history focuses on why there was such a strong hatred between Vince McMahon and Randy Savage. Savage leaving WWE for WCW saw him blackballed from the company for many years until his passing. No one truly knows why Vince stayed away from welcoming the legend back into the WWE family, but there’s a pretty crazy rumor out there.
14 Dated Test in Storyline
The first few months of Stephanie McMahon’s time on television left a lot to be desired. Between her young age and lack of experience, she struggled badly to stand out positively until she turned heel. Her relationship with Triple H and evil character allowed her to become a success. However, Stephanie’s first wrestling romance storyline actually wasn’t with Triple H.
13 Was in First Women's Main Event on WWE TV
The current women’s revolution in the WWE is making history. Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair had the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell match and the first ever women’s wrestling match to main event a PPV in company history. Their incredible matches are making fans realize the female performers can be just as great as the men. However, the first ever women’s wrestling match to main event an episode of WWE television was not as impressive.
12 SmackDown General Manager Run
Stephanie McMahon is currently the Raw Commissioner in the WWE’s new attempt at a brand split. The first true brand split featured Stephanie being named the first ever General Manager of SmackDown. Following years of working as a heel character, Stephanie tried to play a face in the role. WWE tried to use her sex appeal as a way to win over the audience.
11 Partially Responsible for Paul Heyman Quitting in 2006
Paul Heyman is someone of importance in the wrestling business, but he was never able to form a great relationship with Stephanie McMahon. They worked alongside one another writing SmackDown and putting the show together on the creative side during the brand split days in 2003. Many credit Heyman for the brand creating new stars and compelling television. Despite the success, the two had drastically different personalities that clashed.
10 Wardrobe Malfunctions
The late 90s and early 2000s featured the majority of the female performers having to wear very little clothing and take part in borderline demeaning matches. Stephanie McMahon always avoided both of those things due to her position of power in the company. Still, she wore revealing outfits that were the style of the time and they often led to a few moments she wants to avoid.
9 Slapped Linda in the Face
Vince McMahon started putting all of his family on television in 1999. Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon were fixtures on the show. His wife, Linda McMahon, joined them as well with the family often feuding in dramatic fashion. One of the more surreal McMahon family storylines featured Stephanie having to slap Linda in the face on multiple occasions. It helped make Stephanie a better heel, but it may have gone too far.
8 Responsible for Hollywood Writers Joining Company
A popular criticism from wrestlers and legends regarding the current product is the formula of the show. Instead of a head booker or a few former wrestlers putting the shows together, WWE has a large staff of writers from the entertainment world. They look for writers with experience writing for television shows rather than wrestling. Many wrestlers believe their lack of wrestling knowledge often leads to poor results.
7 Eric Bischoff Made Out With Her
Everyone has to make sacrifices at some point in the world of professional wrestling. Stephanie McMahon’s status in the company allowed her to avoid a lot of these moments but in one odd moment, she was forced to make out with Eric Bischoff. Stephanie was the SmackDown General Manager and Bischoff was the Raw General Manager, causing them to feud.
6 Compared 9/11 to WWE's Steroid Trial
Stephanie McMahon is an incredibly talented woman that usually knows how to articulate herself. These days, she is arguably the best at branding and getting out her message without ever saying anything controversial. Everyone has to follow her example when doing promotional work for the WWE. Stephanie is nearly perfect at it today, but that doesn't mean she was always this good.
5 Vince Wanted to do Incest Storyline With Her
Vince McMahon clearly has a few screws loose when it comes to some of his storylines. Many people believe you have to be a little out there to become a billionaire. Well, McMahon’s bizarre ideas are obviously a bit strange, but the most peculiar one featured Stephanie McMahon. Vince wanted to have an incest storyline with Stephanie during the time of her pregnancy.
4 AJ Lee Owned Her on Twitter
The personal and private war between Triple H and CM Punk carried over to their wives. AJ Lee continued to work for the WWE following her husband walking out in frustration. However, she clearly had a disdain for Stephanie McMahon due to the drama between their significant others and Steph's overall personality. The dislike between Stephanie and AJ finally was made public on social media towards the end of Lee’s run.
3 Triple H Cheated on Chyna With Her
The most controversial thing about Stephanie McMahon’s time in the WWE was the beginning of her relationship with Triple H. Stephanie and Triple H are the biggest power couple in wrestling today, basically holding the wrestling industry in their hands. They started to develop chemistry back in 2000-2001 when they were placed together as an on-screen couple where they were the top heels of the show. Triple H was dating Chyna backstage at the time, but that didn’t last long.
2 The Undertaker Tried to Marry Her on a Cross
Stephanie McMahon’s first big storyline in the WWE saw her work with The Undertaker. It would be a great thing to work with one of the biggest stars and a true professional in your first storyline, but the idea was ridiculous. The Undertaker turned into a demonic heel character trying to form his own Ministry of Darkness to take over the WWE.
1 He Loves Her More Than Shane
The juiciest story about Stephanie McMahon’s personal life is her backstage struggle with brother Shane McMahon. They clearly have different ideologies of how to run the company. Stephanie’s personality in life and character skills are very similar to her father. That played a role in her eventually winning out over Shane as the person that gets to run the future of the WWE.
Shane left the company for many years before returning this year for WrestleMania 32. WWE tried to use pieces of reality in the storyline and it was indeed awkward to watch unfold. Everyone to witness Stephanie and Vince interact has confirmed that Vince has always held her in the highest of esteems. Stephanie is closer with Vince and (allegedly) he values her more than he does Shane. Vince would never admit it, but the proof is there.
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