Vince McMahon remains the most important person in the wrestling industry. Time will tell how much longer he continues running WWE considering he is now 72 years old. McMahon still possesses more power than anyone else in the industry. The current wrestling scene showcases that with many different forms of proof. There are many wrestlers to get on Vince’s hate list and they have felt his wrath. For whatever reason, McMahon will turn on a wrestler or develop a hatred for them. It is sometimes from actions that offended him but there have been cases of minor incidents changing his opinion forever.
There are also the stories of wrestlers hating him. Bitter falling outs from WWE or being treated with little to no respect will cause someone to despise McMahon for his actions. We are going to take a look at both sides of this when it comes to wrestlers currently in the industry. Wrestlers that Vince hates and wrestlers that hate him will each be examined along with the stories as to what caused them all. Time will tell if any of these hatreds find a way to end. These are eight wrestlers that Vince McMahon currently despises and seven that hate him.
15 Vince Hates: Cody Rhodes
The success of Cody Rhodes on the independent circuit is one of the biggest threats WWE has seen in recent memory. Don’t get it twisted. No promotion is going to contend with WWE, especially not Ring of Honor. However, Rhodes has shown that you can make better money outside of WWE as a free agent. Cody’s earnings and star power are greater than ever after leaving.
14 Hates Vince: Neville
The recent news of Neville requesting his release from WWE shows just how much he dislikes how his career how turned out. Neville could easily be argued as the best NXT Champion of all time. The call-up to the main roster saw his career regress. WWE still marketed his high-flying moves but showed zero commitment to getting him over as an overall performer.
13 Vince Hates: Cesaro
Vince McMahon’s feelings about Cesaro have been known for quite some time now. Cesaro has been viewed as someone worthy of an opportunity in the main event picture. WWE even gave him some high profile matches in 2014 leading up to an Elimination Chamber match that showed he could belong with the top names. However, McMahon has always seemed hesitant to give him the real chance.
12 Hates Vince: Ryback
The aftermath of Ryback’s tenure in WWE ending has seen the overrated performer air everyone out. Ryback was once a favorite of Vince McMahon due to being a jacked guy that fit the old WWE mold of what a wrestler should look like. Following a few failed pushes, Ryback became another mid-carder with no upside. This bothered him after he came close to breaking out as a main eventer.
11 Vince Hates: Jimmy Jacobs
Jimmy Jacobs is the person to most recently feel the wrath of Vince McMahon. The decision of Jacobs to take a selfie with members of the Bullet Club “invading” Raw saw McMahon respond by firing him. Jacobs took a photo with his friends Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Adam Page that landed him in hot water.
10 Hates Vince: Austin Aries
The decision of Austin Aries to request his release from WWE was granted after weeks of being off television. Aries saw his role on the show significantly decrease after his series of matches with Neville in the Cruiserweight Division. Cruiserweights not in the title picture are basically screwed when it comes to consistent television time or a spot on the live events.
9 Vince Hates: TJ Perkins
One Cruiserweight star that has seen Vince McMahon completely quit on him is TJ Perkins. Most people have already forgotten that Perkins was the first Cruiserweight Champion to star the division. Perkins won the Cruiserweight Classic and the title in the process as Triple H felt he was the best bet to build the new division around.
8 Hates Vince: Paul London
Paul London is one wrestler that has never been shy about discussing his feelings on WWE. The signing and tenure of London in the mid-2000s saw him as one of the first major ROH stars to get in WWE. Unfortunately, this was before WWE evolved and embraced the new in-ring style. London would get used poorly for the majority of his run until a release.
7 Vince Hates: Jeff Jarrett
One wrestler that has remained on Vince McMahon’s hate list for almost two decades is Jeff Jarrett. The decision of Jarrett to hold WWE up for money towards the end of his contract in 1999 didn’t sit well with McMahon. Jarrett was still the Intercontinental Champion when his contract expired and demanded over $200,000 to drop the title to Chyna on PPV or he was going to take the belt to WCW.
6 Hates Vince: Scott Steiner
The career of Scott Steiner saw him completely lose his mind towards the end of the 90s. Steiner was always a hot head and one of the wrestlers you never wanted on your bad side. This was magnified when he adopted a new on-screen persona of Big Poppa Pump. As an unpredictable and borderline terrifying character, Steiner has acted like this in real life ever since then.
5 Vince Hates: Rusev
Rusev had a hot start to his main roster career going unbeaten for almost a year. The dominant heel work of Rusev ended when he lost to John Cena at WrestleMania 31. Rusev has been treading water ever since then falling downwards in the hierarchy of WWE. One of the rumored reasons for Rusev being underutilized in recent years is how Vince McMahon feels about him.
4 Hates Vince: Rob Van Dam
The run of Rob Van Dam in WWE is remembered both for being great but also for disappointment in WWE never going all the way with him. Van Dam was arguably the most popular star in WWE in 2002. His biggest title shot ended with Triple H pinning him and sending him back down into the mid-card picture for the majority of his career.
3 Vince Hates: Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks was arguably the top women’s wrestler in NXT that led the women’s movement in WWE to the main roster. Fans chanted “We Want Sasha” when she was off television due to preferring her over the other ladies being pushed on the main roster. Banks has been a highly popular face but it seems WWE never wants to make her the face of the Women’s Division on Raw.
2 Hates Vince: Gail Kim
The women’s revolution in WWE has seen the ladies finally get a chance to wrestle without being held back. Many of the women before this era were used poorly on screen and treated with minimal respect backstage. Gail Kim is a great example of this when you compare her run in WWE to elsewhere.
1 Vince Hates: The Young Bucks
The Young Bucks are clearly the most hated wrestlers of Vince McMahon right now when you look at the past month of stories. It is one thing if former WWE star Cody Rhodes becomes a top star outside of WWE. Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson have signed massive contracts with Ring of Honor and secured incredible merchandising contracts without ever working for McMahon.
The self-made tag team set up the deal that landed Bullet Club shirts in Hot Topic. Their latest stunt with the Raw invasion set Vince off to send a message. McMahon sent cease and desist letters to the Young Bucks threatening lawsuits if they keep using the “too sweet” hand signs. The Bullet Club have become enemies of WWE as seen with Jacobs getting fired. Two brothers that formed their own success are now the most hated rivals of Vince McMahon.
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