One of the most protected species on the planet, Stephanie McMahon has been entertaining on/ruining WWE television on a semi-regular basis over the last 18 years. Daughter to the Chairman and wife to the Executive Vice President, Steph is the most powerful woman in the history of the company and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future.
As such, she always has to look at her best as the face of the company on an increasing basis. But it wasn’t always the case though. In her earlier days particularly, Mrs. HHH was a more involved character who wasn’t given the same golden throne as she sits on today. From being married while unconscious to being called a “trashbag ho” by Chris Jericho, Steph was treated almost exactly the same as the rest of the roster. Even when she took on a more authoritative figure on SmackDown, there were still moments that even Vince should have thought twice about signing off on.
From being stripped in her earlier days to some rather noticeable enhancements (with a little bit of domestic abuse thrown in between the two…), here are seven photos Vince wants you to see of his daughter… and eight that he definitely wants you to forget.
15 15: Don't Want You To See: Anything With Her And Chyna
This is a lovely photo, with some of the most memorable faces of the Attitude Era, what could possibly be wrong with… oh, right. The WWE would love you to forget that Stephanie McMahon stole Triple H’s heart away from Chyna, subsequently leading to her departure and a difficult few years until her sudden tragic passing this year.
14 Want You To See: The Real Wedding
Isn’t the relationship between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon a glorious thing? Many wrestling marriages and relationships fail drastically, but the McMahon-Helmsley duo have made it work better than almost anybody else ever has. Given all the opportunities in the world, Triple H is probably the ideal son in-law for Vince, with his encyclopedic knowledge of the industry. Let’s not forget that he’s one of the best to ever perform too, it just all seems like a match (not a wrestling match) made in heaven.
13 Don't Want You To See: The On-Screen Wedding
Unfortunately for the McMahon family, the image above wasn’t how they chose to cover the relationship. Unsurprisingly, quite a few of the images on this list contain Triple H because, well, he is her husband after all. And how did the WWE want you to think they tied the knot? With Stephanie unconscious of course! Had this been simply a storyline, it could have been remembered for just being a pretty funny segment that stemmed up the Triple H heat. But the fact they are still together today makes it a little weird.
12 Want You To See: Everything Ronda Rousey
When Ronda Rousey made her debut in a WWE ring, the world of wrestling stood still in awe. Having dealt with Triple H, the UFC Superstar then found herself up against Stephanie, cheered on by the entire stadium. But let’s face it, that (like a lot of wrestlers) isn’t exactly a true representation of their feelings towards each other.
11 Don't Want You To See: The Bischoff Incident
This is the start of the STEPHANIE WITH OTHER MEN section the WWE doesn't want you to see. In case you chose to let this one slip out of your brain, Stephanie McMahon once kissed another man very passionately on TV. That man was none other than Eric Bischoff. The Raw GM at the time, Bischoff was dressed as Vinny Mac (Stephanie’s father) and ended up locking lips with Steph.
10 Want You To See: Her Relationship With Andre
You have to think it would be pretty daunting being Steph as a youngster. With her dad controlling the biggest wrestling company in the history of the sport, it must have been a pretty intimidating upbringing surrounded by some of the most famous sportsmen the world has ever seen. But you have to say, cute family photos with Andre the Giant demonstrates that life was actually pretty good.
9 Don't Want You To See: The Cena Promo
Following on the Eric Bischoff disaster, let’s relive Steph being spanked by future WWE Championship record holder, John Cena. Coming during her stint as SmackDown GM, Steph taunted the Doctor of Thuganomics into landing one right on her behind – which at that point, was probably at its very best. As mentioned, Steph at this point was far more fun and risqué than she had been at any point during her tenure in the company. And for Vince, that must be a terrible thing (we hope).
8 Want You To See: Motherhood
We know about the Steph in the ring, and we know about the business women Steph. But what’s rarely mentioned is the Steph who has three daughters. To the observer, it’s pretty difficult to imagine the conniving, slapping, screeching McMahon being a mother, but it’s testament to her acting ability that she can distinguish between two different personalities.
7 Don't Want You To See: The Shadow
And from humiliation in one way to an entirely different one, there was a lot of chatter going around about Steph back in mid-2014. During the Payback PPV, Steph was at the height of her rivalry with Brie Bella, stemming from her battle with Daniel Bryan. Everything was normal, Stephanie had just been slapped (standard) and she was running to the back. But that’s when it happened.
6 Want You To See: Her Fitness Level
Is it a requirement to sustain an incredible physical shape to be a part of the McMahon family? We all know how good Vinny looks even though he is an old man, but Steph is also in superb shape. On the cover of Muscle & Fitness Magazine with her husband, the world got to see that Stephanie finds the time to keep on top of her game when it comes to working out.
5 Don't Want You To See: The Family Battles
Vince McMahon is a very strange man, let’s make no mistake about that. From creating a club dedicated to kissing his backside all the way through to once wanting an incest storyline with Stephanie (seriously), he’s tested the limits in the last 20 years. But somehow, all he’s done doesn’t quite match the fact that he had a wrestling match against his daughter and not just any normal bout.
4 Want You To See: The Happy Family
Just because they might have occasionally fought with each other for the past 20 years, it doesn’t mean the McMahon family doesn't love each other behind the curtain. Growing up with the company growing at a rapid rate, Steph and Shane have had little choice but to get involved in the industry that their father basically controls. You have to imagine that as youngsters though, they didn’t expect to fight each other and their own dad.
3 Don't Want You To See: The Expansion
Did you know Stephanie McMahon had a breast enhancement surgery? Of course you did, because it was all that was spoken about whenever she found herself on the mic with another wrestler. Chris Jericho is probably most remembered for mocking Steph’s expanding "frontline" but let’s not forget that The Rock, the biggest draw in wrestling and cinema, had his fair share of comments to make as well.
2 Want You To See: Charity Work
You have to say that for all the faults Steph has, her commitment to charity work is hugely important for the company. And although she might be a heel on screen, off it she has the time, energy and love for helping out othersm making her a massive real-life babyface. Perhaps the most notable of these charity collaborations came with the touching case of Connor Michalek.
1 Don't Want You To See: The Malfunction
And topping the list is Stephanie with those previously mentioned pesky twins popping out of her dress, while being in the pedigree position by her own husband. If you tried to explain WWE to someone who had never heard of sports entertainment, it would take at least a year – and that’s just to explain the Attitude Era. There’s been a fair share of wardrobe malfunctions throughout the years in the company, but to happen to the Chief Brand Officer is far and away the worst.
Unlike most of the other bad images on this list, Vince obviously didn’t sign this off. But with Steph the rightful heir to the company, he must at least regret some of what he has put his daughter through. Let’s face it, it is a wonder how she’s turned out to be normal.
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