Vince McMahon is still running the show at 72 years old and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. As the intergalactic Supreme Leader of the WWE Universe, his word is final and we’re just his humble subjects. Our Supreme Leader has been known to get vexed from time to time. When he does get mad, it’s usually justified, however, he can snap at a moment for the silliest reasons you can think of.
This list is made up of events that happened in the last few years. Whether on an episode of Raw or Pay-Per-View, we'll showcase the biggest blow-ups Vince had backstage. No one can hide from McMahon’s wrath unless your name is John Cena. Fans have seen McMahon get upset on television, just imagine what he’s like off-screen. No one wants to be in his cross-hairs when he’s looking to chew out someone. You may go from a verbal mud-stomping to be floated out of an airlock in space.
We joke around about McMahon’s power, but it is true to an extent. The guy can go off on someone at the whim of a moment. Do you think some of the moments on this list deserve a furious criticism? Enjoy.
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15 Neville Walking Out Before An Episode Of Raw
The King of the Cruiserweights run was one of, if not, the best thing to happen to Neville while on the main roster. He was billed as an indestructible force but would be booked to lose to Enzo Amore in 2017. We’ve learned Neville wasn’t happy with his role and rumors were swirling around about him asking for his release after no-showing an episode of Raw.
Neville reportedly was angry about the life on the road, lack of memorable payoffs, and jobbing to Amore. His absence in 205 Live has been noticeable and now that Amore is no longer with the company, WWE has completely changed the atmosphere of the division. Maybe Neville comes back now that Amore is gone. If he leaves the company, Neville will be a champion anywhere he goes.
14 Braun Uses Non-WWE Language
Braun Strowman’s push is a welcomed sight in the WWE Universe. He organically got over, went from a monster heel to hilarious babyface with some attitude and the whole transition wasn’t forced. People tune in to watch the big man show off his freakish strength and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Although the big guy is killing it in the ring, he’s still has had more than a few bumps on the way to becoming a main event Superstar. In February of 2017, Mick Foley would share a story about Braun being chewed out by Vince McMahon. Allegedly, McMahon was furious at Braun for saying the phrase “title shot” and not “title match.” Imagine a guy in his 70s yelling at Braun Strowman and if anyone could pull it off, it's McMahon.
13 LaVar & His Family Go Off Script
It’s a Ball’s world and we’re just living in it. The Balls have blown up since Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers last year. Lonzo, with his father LaVar and younger brother LaMelo, have been on many shows promoting their brand. WWE decided to capitalize on the Balls while being in their hometown of L.A. Vince McMahon would book the Balls in a segment with The Miz on an episode of Raw.
The entire program went off the rails quickly. Between LaVar babbling and LaMelo saying the “N” word on live television, Vince McMahon was regretting every moment of it. The segment was cut short and we doubt the WWE ever invites this family back. The WWE would release an apology to all their viewers who had to watch the segment, it hasn't been mentioned or replayed since.
12 Bullet Club Invasion
In 1998, a rambunctious group would invade their enemies’ territory changing the Monday Night Wars for the better. D-Generation X would bullhorn WCW at the arena they were in during an episode of Raw. It was another risk Vince McMahon would take in his war with Ted Turner and the move paid off. The war is done and peace has been known throughout the land since the 1990s.
However, a young and hungry bunch, similar to the D-Generation X of old, has lit a new fire. Cody Rhodes would lead the Bullet Club in an invasion on WWE soil in 2017. The story would go viral and was a success for Rhodes and his crew, however, not everyone was happy about it. McMahon was reportedly furious that these outsiders would dare step on WWE soil during the day of an event. He issued a cease and desist against the Young Bucks while releasing writer Jimmy Jacobs for taking part.
11 The Revival Use The Term "Professional Wrestlers"
Several years ago, a list of words banned by the WWE in 2008 was leaked to the world. Some of these words include feud, war, hospital, and performer. Another word found on the list was “pro wrestling.” Fast track to today and some of these words still may be banned. The Revival recently cut a promo and said, “We’re not sports entertainers, we are professional wrestlers.” Now that may not seem like a big deal to the fans, but for Vince McMahon, it crossed a line.
The Revival would be asked by fans if McMahon was upset about it the use of language, and they would confirm he was. Imagine working for a professional wrestling company and you can’t use the word professional wrestler. Surely, the WWE can be bizarro world indeed.
10 AJ Styles' Sneaks A Peek
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs is known to be a high-risk event, however, the WWE Universe wasn’t prepared for what they witnessed back in 2016. Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles would put on a great match but it was overshadowed by Style’s wardrobe malfunction. His pants would split and a hole would open on the backside.
James Ellsworth recently revealed that McMahon was furious at the ordeal backstage yelling at the camera men to change angles away from the rip. It wasn’t something you could just hide and the production crew went into a fury trying to cut away from the exposed rear end.
After the match, Styles would tweet, “ As you can see by the seam, you all were in no danger of seeing my butthole.” Although fans didn’t witness a ton of flesh, it was enough to make the big guy, Vince McMahon, get upset backstage.
9 Goldberg Cuts Promo While Clearly Hurt
Vince McMahon gambled bringing Goldberg back in 2016 but the move paid off and the fans got to see a legend go out the way he wanted to. That doesn’t mean there weren’t any bumps and hiccups during the whole process. Vince McMahon reportedly blew up on Goldberg after an episode of Raw in 2017.
Goldberg has a tendency to smash his skull against a locker before he comes on television. The former WCW Champion would feel a sense of nostalgia and decided to do it before his promo on Raw. It resulted in a bloody mess, which McMahon wasn’t too happy with. McMahon doesn’t mind some blood, but ever since the “PG Era,” he has been very selective as to when someone should get some color. During a promo is certainly not welcomed.
8 No Love For Bayley
In August of last year, Bayley would come appear on Monday Night Raw and tell the WWE Universe that an injury would keep her out of SummerSlam. It was supposed to be a touching moment among Bayley and her fans, however, things got really strange. Bayley is used to the fans asking for her to be "their girl" but something was off during that night last summer. While being interviewed in the middle of the ring, fans began to boo during her promo.
It was so bad, Corey Graves had to blurt out the famous term “bizarro world.” It’s a term coined by Vince McMahon and he makes his announcers use it whenever he’s mad at the fan reactions. Allegedly McMahon didn’t like the reaction the fans gave Bayley and made a point for Graves to say that term on-air.
7 Roman Fails Wellness Policy
When news broke of Roman Reigns failing the WWE Wellness Policy in 2016, many people wanted to know Vince McMahon’s first reaction. Different reports have been published about his reaction but most will say he felt very disappointed in his top dog. Can you blame McMahon? He put all his chips on the table and pushed Reigns to the moon, even after the WWE Universe let him know how they feel.
All those PPV matches, promos, and segments went down the drain when Reigns failed his test. Allegedly, McMahon lost faith in Reigns after the incident, losing out to Finn Balor in his return. Only time will tell how true this is as it appears as though Roman is back to being the top dog. Reigns didn’t win the Royal Rumble in 2018 and we'll find out in a few weeks if he will headline the biggest show of them all once again - it seems very likely.
6 A Phone Call By The Rock
When The Rock came back to the WWE in 2017 for a one-night appearance on Raw, he did not disappoint. The most electrifying man in sports entertainment would once again make the headlines. The Rock would go off script and begin to interact with the crowd. From interviewing fans dressed up as legends to cracking hilarious jokes, The Rock was cooking. He also pulled off one of the greatest impromptu moments in wrestle… or should we say sports entertainment history.
The Rock would actually call the former rival and WWE Champion, CM Punk. Pretty much everyone knows the story between Punk and the WWE, so Vince McMahon being furious about The Rock plugging in his name shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Punk may come back to wrestling but a return to the WWE seems less likely.
5 Owens & Jericho At WrestleMania 33
WrestleMania 33 had a lot of highlights and memories that will last forever, however, one wrestler felt he didn’t do as well as he should have. The WWE Universe would be treated with a WWE 365 documentary involving Kevin Owens experience from SummerSlam 2016 to WrestleMania 33. Owens would be in a significant feud with his former mentor and hero, Chris Jericho, which culminated at WrestleMania 33.
Owens would admit that Vince McMahon was disappointed in the match he had with Jericho. Video footage shows Owens asking McMahon, “are we good,” and McMahon shot back, “no.” You can cut the tension with a knife. With WrestleMania approaching quickly, it will be interesting to see how Owens is booked going forward. A repeat of best friends (Owens and Zayn) splitting and feuding seems like the easiest route to book but is it the best?
4 Titus Grabs Vince
In early 2016, the WWE decided to have a farewell segment for Daniel Bryan on an episode of Raw. The entire WWE roster would leave the backstage and come out to congratulate the storied career of the American Dragon. As the camera panned and the shot faded away, fans witnessed Titus O’Neil trying to horse around with Vince McMahon.
McMahon didn’t look mad in the shot, however, backstage he was livid. McMahon didn’t scream out, “You’re fired,” but he would slap a 90-day suspension on O’Neil for breaking character and performing an impromptu action. The whole ordeal is over now, and Titus is doing well in his role as a manager, but it’s still one of the more insane stories we’ve heard about McMahon in recent years.
3 Goldberg Booed During Paul Heyman Promo
Only Vince McMahon would think a wrestler who was born, raised, and billed from a certain city would be booed by fans of that city because WWE said so. McMahon would bring back Bill Goldberg in 2016 and the main goal was to book him in a feud with Brock Lesnar. Goldberg was supposed to be the face while Lesnar would play the heel.
In October of 2016, Paul Heyman attempted to get the fans to hate Lesnar in Minnesota, his original home before moving to Canada. It failed miserably as the crowd chanted “Goldberg sucks” and McMahon allegedly ripped the fans backstage. It was such a fail, McMahon cut the promo before it even ended. Vince clearly wanted Goldberg to be the hero but the fine people of Suplex City weren’t having it that night.
2 Nakamura Drops Cena On His Neck
Shinsuke Nakamura won the 2018 Royal Rumble and will go on to face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34 for the WWE Championship and we know the WWE Universe is pumped up for the match. If you were reading the headlines in August of 2017, you may have thought Nakamura becoming the first Japanese wrestler to win the Royal Rumble was just a fairy tale.
On an episode of SmackDown Live, Nakamura would go head-to-head in a single’s match with John Cena for the first time. The crowd was electric and the match was good except one hiccup. Nakamura would drop Cena right on his head when he attempted an Xploder Suplex in the middle of the ring. Cena shrugged it off and Nakamura clearly apologized when the match was over but that didn’t stop Vince McMahon from blowing a gasket.
1 Last Night With Enzo
When you’re the face of a program for a billion dollar company and you don’t tell them about your legal troubles, it might bite you later on. Just look at what happened to Enzo Amore. The guy was pushed to the moon in the 205 Live division and had everything going for him. He decided to not let his employers know about a lawsuit that claims he abused a lady in 2017.
WWE found out the night of their 25 Anniversary of Raw. The company thought they would field questions about legends and segments for the night but were caught off guard when asked about Amore’s troubles. Let's just say McMahon was heated about the ordeal. So heated, he made Enzo vacate his Cruiserweight Championship and fired him.
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