Nobody can deny that Vince McMahon is an extremely creative individual. Professional wrestling would not be the phenomenon it is today without him. You know it and I know it. After buying the company from his father in 1982, he had a vision to break the unspoken territorial agreement between promoters and take his World Wrestling Federation national. Did he upset a lot of people? Absolutely. Yet, it was this decision that changed the business forever.
For more than three decades, Vince McMahon has grown WWE into a global phenomenon. His biggest creation, WrestleMania, was a huge gamble, but it paid off. He's helped to create characters that have become worldwide icons; Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock. He's taken guys that weren't getting over in other promotions and turned them into stars. Please tell me you haven't forgotten that Triple H was once Terra Ryzing in WCW, or that Mark Calaway went through gimmick after gimmick before he came to the WWE to become The Undertaker. I'm not saying that all of these creations were all due to Vince, but I think we all know by now that he has the final say in everything involving his company.
However, with success comes an ego, and I think it's safe to say that Vince McMahon has a big one. The wrestling boom of the 80s made him a ton of money, and the "Attitude Era" of the late 90s made him a billionaire. After creating Monday Night Raw (certainly one for the positive column) and going to monthly pay-per-views, he had to create a lot of storylines and characters, and every single thing he came up with wasn't going to be a hit. For every Hulk Hogan, there's a Saba Simba. For every Undertaker, there's a Gobbledy Gooker. Every mark in the world will tell you that for every good storyline, there's 50 bad ones. And having all of that money and success would make anybody want more. Sometimes, the wrestling business wasn't enough for Vince, so he ventured into other things. Vince McMahon is considered to be a genius by many, but let's take a look at some ideas we could have done without.
10 WWE Films (Studios)
9 The "New" ECW
The original ECW, the Paul Heyman version, was awesome. I think we can all agree on that. The watered down version that Vince brought to life in 2006...not so much. Sure, it was cool to see the name, but the old-school feeling was long gone. The matches looked just like what you saw on Raw and Smackdown and had the feeling of being the lowest brand in the company, which is probably the way Vince wanted it. Vince always wins, and he makes sure that you know that.
8 Fake Diesel & Fake Razor Ramon
7 The "Kiss My Ass" Club
6 The Divas Championship
5 The Mae Young Birth Storyline
4 Brawl For All
3 The Katie Vick Storyline
You had to know this was coming. In what many think (including myself) is the worst storyline in wrestling history, Triple H had a "secret" about Kane involving a past girlfriend named Katie Vick, who had died in a car accident. In an actual segment on RAW, Triple H, yes, the same Triple H who is now COO of the company, went on to pretend to have sex with a dummy in a casket to provoke the Big Red Machine.
1 World Bodybuilding Federation
Remember the WBF? No? You're not the only one. The World Bodybuilding Federation was unveiled by Vince McMahon in early 1991, and tried to compete with the International Federation of BodyBuilders, the folks who handle the famed Mr. Olympia contest. It did not go well. After promising to keep the wrestling element out of the WBF, Vince attempted to develop these guys as characters, and things just went downhill from there. After a low buyrate at a 1992 event, Vince announced that he was dismantling the company. The only mention you may remember came at Wrestlemania VIII, during an interview with Lex Luger, who had just signed with the company. Hmmm....speaking of bad ideas.
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