The life and career of Vince McMahon made him one of the most fascinating public figures ever. McMahon took WWE from a relatively small local promotion that only thrived in New York into a global brand juggernaut. WWE is now a household brand and people often think of the letters WWE before saying the words professional wrestling. McMahon took a lot of creative and personal risks to bring WWE to the mainstream world. There has been a mix of positive and negative stories attached to McMahon with a debate often taking place regarding how he should be remembered when he does retire.
McMahon has done a lot of shady and controversial things on WWE television and in his real life. It skews his perception as being a creative genius and intelligent businessman with negatives being associated with him. Some people view him as a con man that has found a way to hurt the wrestling industry altogether by making it impossible for other promotions to compete on a national or global level. Regardless, McMahon has a lot of things to his name that the average person would regret. We're going to take a glimpse into his mind and how he views these things today. Here are eight decisions that Vince McMahon regrets and seven that he would do again.
14 Regret: The Undertaker Losing His WrestleMania Streak to Brock Lesnar
Vince McMahon has never admitted showing any regret for having The Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak end at the hands of Brock Lesnar, but the writing is on the wall regarding this decision. Lesnar had a lackluster WWE World Championship reign shortly after defeating Undertaker and his first clean loss came at the hands of a 50-year-old Goldberg.
Roman Reigns winning the 2015 Royal Rumble was met with arguably the biggest backlash from fans. Philadelphia booed him out of the venue and people complained online. Reigns would end up losing out on his planned title win by Seth Rollins cashing in during the Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar WrestleMania 31 main event. Many pundits wonder if Roman would have been better off in the long run not winning this year.
13 Regret: Lex Luger Being Pushed as Hulk Hogan's Replacement
One of the biggest failures to come directly from Vince McMahon’s mind was the push of Lex Luger as a main eventer. Luger was an established star from WCW, but the WWE fans failed to welcome him in similar fashion. McMahon wanted Luger to be the official replacement to Hulk Hogan when Hogan chose to leave WWE.
12 Would Do Again: Beating “God” In A Wrestling Match
Vince McMahon is known for having one of the biggest egos not only in wrestling but in all of business. An example of this took place during his feud with Shawn Michaels in 2006. Following their WrestleMania 22 match, Vince and Shane continued going after Michaels and started using his religion as an aspect of the feud.
11 Regret: Losing CM Punk
The departure of CM Punk from WWE is still a huge topic that wrestling fans can’t get over. Punk was the biggest star outside of John Cena for WWE in recent years. An unhappy relationship with WWE and Punk led to him making the decision to walk out after the 2014 Royal Rumble match. Punk felt disrespected by Triple H and lied to by McMahon when it came to his career plans.
10 Would Do Again: Faking His Own Death
Vince McMahon apparently had huge plans for WWE when he ran the storyline that saw him “die” on-screen. The limousine of McMahon exploded and the website reported that McMahon was dead. Media platforms actually started picking up the story. This was supposed to be a long term storyline with a big reveal at the end, but a real tragedy ended it.
9 Regret: Degrading Trish Stratus In The Ring
An all-time low moment used against WWE in various platforms is the segment where Vince McMahon publicly degraded Trish Stratus in front of the crowd on national television. McMahon made Stratus strips to her bra and panties while crawling in the ring on her knees. At one point, Trish was even forced to bark like a dog. It was a horrible idea that still haunts WWE today.
8 Would Do Again: Daniel Bryan Main Eventing WrestleMania XXX
There are many beliefs over how Vince McMahon feels about Daniel Bryan’s career after WrestleMania XXX. Bryan was the most popular man in the company, but WWE refused to push him until the fans hijacked the shows with chants. Batista and Randy Orton were going to get slaughtered by the crowd forcing McMahon to give Bryan the moment of winning the WWE World Championship at WrestleMania XXX.
7 Regret: Brawl For All
WWE’s concept of the Brawl for All is another idea that is considered an all-time dumb one from Vince McMahon. The idea of having the wrestlers with boxing or fighting backgrounds would pit them in an unscripted tournament. Everyone in the booking meetings felt Dr. Death Steve Williams would easily destroy the competition and they could push him as a top heel following this.
6 Would Do Again: Admitting to Cheating on His Wife
Vince McMahon showed zero remorse when admitting that he frequently cheated on his wife. This interview took place towards the early 2000s when McMahon would find his way in storylines that saw him making out with the likes of Trish Stratus, Torrie Wilson and Sable. There were always rumors of Vince hooking up with the female talent through the years.
5 Regret: Saying The n-word in Backstage Skit With Booker T
A highly controversial moment from Vince McMahon on screen saw him get involved in a segment with John Cena and Booker T. McMahon tried to comically use the n-word for comedic purposes when talking in hip hop slang to Cena. This skit ended with Vince saying the n-word as he walked past Booker T and Sharmell. McMahon walking passed two black performers after saying it made the segment even worse.
4 Would Do Again: Katie Vick Insanity
Bruce Prichard recently shared some of the inside scoops from behind the scenes of the Katie Vick angle. Vince McMahon wanted Triple H to dress like Kane and pretend to hump a dead body inside of a casket meant to be Kane’s dead ex-girlfriend. This over the top segment is still regarded today as one of the worst stories in wrestling history.
3 Regret: Starting The XFL
A non-wrestling move that showcased Vince McMahon’s ego in the worst of ways was the XFL. McMahon partnered with Dick Ebersol at NBC. This was during the hottest period in WWE history during the Attitude Era. McMahon believed his version of football with more violence, vulgarity and sex appeal would be a viable competitor to the NFL.
2 Would Do Again: The Montreal Screwjob
Vince McMahon’s most controversial decision in WWE definitely was the Montreal Screwjob. It was the only confirmed instance of McMahon flat out lying to a wrestler about what was going to happen in the ring. Bret Hart was shocked when the referee called for the bell and declared the match over when he was in Shawn Michaels’ version of the Sharpshooter.
1 Regret: Owen Hart's Stunt And Continuing The Show
The biggest regret for Vince McMahon and many people in WWE involves the worst case scenario for a relatively pointless decision. McMahon along with Vince Russo and others wanted Owen Hart to repel to the ring from the rafters for an entrance as the Blue Blazer. This was for a lower card match and an extremely small percentage of fans would have even remembered this if it worked.
Unfortunately, the pointless risk gave us the most heartbreaking moment in WWE history when Hart fell from the rafters to the ringside area instantly dying. WWE announced the death shortly after it happened but continued to go through with the rest of the show. Fans and talent were heartbroken as everyone else performed. If Vince could take one thing back in his life and career, it would definitely be Owen’s entrance stunt that killed him.
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