Vince McMahon is probably a fun guy to drink with and definitely isn’t politically correct, however, when it comes to his baby, the WWE, he will be tighter than a constrictor knot. Since the WWE went “PG” years ago, they have been very careful of their storylines, image, and anything else that has to do with their product. As most old school wrestlers who worked for the WWE will tell you, backstage is more about business these days than being the rock ‘n’ roll show that it was in the 80s and 90s.
Regardless of how great the WWE’s public relations team is, the internet can be a fickle beast. At any moment, on any given day, a new scandal can pop up. For instance, if you didn’t know, several WWE stars were hacked and very private photos and videos were released online. If the internet didn’t exist that wouldn’t have happened.
Not only can new scandals arise but old ones can come back into the light. The internet makes this very possible because we can quickly find out the worst of the worst that’s happened in the WWE. Like all other businesses with a large consumer base, the WWE has to navigate through these scandals as they pop-up. Vince McMahon, rather you do not see or hear some of these embarrassing moments. Enjoy.
16 Photo - McMahon's Club
Everyone loves a good club and Vince McMahon’s club was very entertaining, however, in a “PG” dominated era, this club is never ever talked about. Vince McMahon not only is the boss of the WWE but he also plays one on television as well. As the boss, you are exposed to many employees fighting for your attention.
15 Fact - McMahon's Top Stars Have Been Arrested
Vince McMahon doesn’t want you to know about the fact that many of his former and current top talents have been arrested for some reason or another. Just type in WWE mugshot on that thing called Google and you can find enough images to agree with us. A mugshot hurts the credibility of a champion and the WWE rather the fans, especially the children - do not find out about a crime on the internet.
14 Photo - Anything Nailz Related
Kevin Wacholz or known as Nailz in the WWE had a very short career in the business. So you may be asking yourself why he’s on this list. Vince McMahon cares deeply about his reputation and ego. That’s a fact and we all know this. Any stories detailing with a weakness in Mr. McMahon, even if he is the victim, are rarely talked about or heard of in the WWE. This brings us to the psychopath Nailz. In 1992 he would debut as a crazy ex-convict and became a formidable foe against the faces of the company.
13 Fact - WWE Had A Steroid Scandal
It’s a fact that the WWE knowingly promoted and provided steroids to their talents throughout the 80s and early 90s. The WWE has done a great job making sure this story vanished but it all came back in 2007 when Chris Benoit killed his family. In 1993, Vince McMahon would be charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York with obtaining and supplying anabolic steroids to the wrestlers.
12 Photo - Michael Cole Getting Abused
The Michael Cole and Heidenreich segment in 2004 is still etched into the brains of many citizens of the WWE Universe and not in a positive way. During the height of the Ruthless Era, anything was possible, including hints of ra**. On an episode of SmackDown, the big guy Heidenreich tossed Cole into a secluded backstage area like a sack of potatoes.
11 Fact - McMahon Failed In The Body Building Industry
A lot of fans know that Vince McMahon hates it when you bring up his defunct football league, the XFL. Just watch his interview with sports journalist Bob Costas and you’ll see the rage with your own eyes. Another failed project a lot of forget about is the World Bodybuilding Federation. McMahon founded the organization in 1990 and it would last for just two years.
10 Photo - The Piper Incident
This isn’t a knock on Roddy Piper but with racial tensions at an all-time high since the 1960s in the United States, any black face content will not be looked upon in a positive way. This story revolves around a feud between Bad News Brown, a black man, and Roddy Piper in 1990. Piper would say some hair-raising remarks in his promos, such as insulting Brown with the words “bugging eyes” and “wide nose.”
9 Fact - McMahon Squashed A Union
Governor Jesse Ventura, a former WWE employee, has made many statements that you can agree with or not but one subject he’s on the money with is the lack of a union in the wrestling industry. Before slamming his opponents inside a political ring, he was one of the best color commentators in the business in the 1980s and early 90s.
8 Photo - A Titillating Segment
This isn’t one specific image but any image that shows how perverted the WWE has been in the past. With the Women’s Revolution in high gear, the WWE is all about empowering women for their skills and not their looks, well, they tell us that anyway. That wasn’t always the case. When the WWE had their backs against the wall and WCW was taking over, Vince McMahon went into survival mode.
7 Fact - The First Public Screwjob Came In The 80s
Everyone knows about the Montreal Screwjob involving Vince McMahon, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series. Although a real incident, it was the birth of Vince McMahon as a heel character in the WWE Universe. Hart would be bitter about the ordeal, which is understandable, McMahon would patch things up with him and all is good now. Bret Hart wasn’t the first “Screwjob” by Vince however.
6 Photo - Too Sweet Me!
What exactly is a cease and desist letter? It’s a document sent to an individual or business to stop purportedly illegal activity (cease) and to not restart later (desist). The letter may warn that if the recipient does not discontinue specified conduct, or take certain actions, by deadlines set in the letter, that party may be sued. The WWE isn’t the most powerful promotion in the world for nothing, they go there through many dirty tactics.
5 Fact - The McMahons Have Destroyed Small Businesses In The Past
It’s pretty ironic that Linda McMahon would be nominated to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under the President decades after her families business took out small promotions. Before the Monday Night Wars and before the 90s, the wrestling industry had tons of territorial promotions around North America. Whether it was American Wrestling Association in the Mid-West, World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas or Mid-South Wrestling in the, you guessed it, Mid-South, territorial promotions acted like any other small business would.
4 Photo - Abuse Of Women
If you've been following the Weinstein sexual abuse scandal in Hollywood, then you know why Vince McMahon wishes this photo to go away. Trish Stratus has the beauty and muscles to be one of the greatest wrestlers of her generation. She was so great, Vince wanted her in top storylines in the WWE. One of these storylines was about a relationship between McMahon and Stratus. Storyline wise, McMahon was upset with Stratus, called her out, ordered her to strip and crawl.
3 Fact - McMahon Didn't Meet His Father Until He Was 12
Many fans may think Vince McMahon was born with a golden spoon in his mouth and never had a rough upbringing. After reading up on his childhood, you can understand where all that anger he can express on television came from. Apparently, McMahon never met his father until he was 12 years old. For his entire childhood, he would live with his mother and step-father under the name Vincent Lupton. McMahon would share this personal story in an interview with E:60.
2 Photo - Benoit Winning A Championship
Chris Benoit was the epitome of a champion in wrestling. With neither the family connections nor large size, Benoit would work his tail off to get to the pinnacle of his career. Sadly, as most of us know, Benoit went from a legend to the man we never are supposed to talk about. Everything changed in 2007 when Benoit would commit a double murder-suicide. His victims would be his own family, his wife Nancy and seven-year-old son Daniel.
1 Fact - WWE Was Involved In An Underage Scandal
The WWE was once accused of covering up inappropriate underage activity and Vince McMahon rather you not know about it. Allegedly, Mel Phillips, a former ring announcer and backstage employee of the WWE, would have inappropriate remarks towards underage males when he supervised the ring crew during live events. Tom Cole, a man who had worked for the company as a teenager through adulthood, would be the one to come out about Phillips.
The incidents would take place in the 80s, however, Cole wouldn’t come out until 1992 about his claim. Not only did he out Phillips as someone who sexually harassed him at 13 years old, he claimed Terry Gavin, a front-office employee, and former wrestler, attempted to seduce him at nineteen. Things get crazier in 1992, as former announcer Murray Hodgson and Randy Orton’s uncle, Bob Orton, backed up Cole and citing that talents would have to give sexual favors for a better position in the company.
Gavin and Phillips would lose their job because of this, but one other person did as well, his name is Pat Patterson and McMahon would rather you not know about it.
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