Quite simply, Vince McMahon is the most powerful man in WWE. He holds all of the control when it comes to finalizing storylines and creative ideas and it comes down to him to release and sign superstars.
As the famous quote states, “With great power comes great responsibility” and while it seems that Vince has managed to thrive under the pressure of this power for many years, there are some secrets that have been leaked about the Chairman that many fans wished they never knew.
Sometimes there are things that you prefer not to know about a person because then you see them in a different light and this is one of those times.
It is hard to see Vince as a face now, since so much has been revealed about him and the way he has run the WWE for the past few decades. It’s hard to imagine him as a family man with children and grandchildren.
He is a powerful man who uses this power to his advantage abd he has more than one side to his ever changing personality. The following are facts about Vince McMahon that should never have been leaked, these should have been guarded like secrets.
11 Vince And Steroids
Vince admitted to using the performance enhancing substance in 1989. At the time, they were not yet illegal for personal use. This was - of course - before the implementation of the WWE Wellness Policies.
There was also the 1993 steroid scandal that saw Vince being prosecuted for the purchase and distribution of the substance to his stable of wrestlers at the time. The controversy got so bad that Vince had to cede control of the WWE to his wife for a brief period of time.
10 Vince Is No Longer A Billionaire
Back in 2014, Vince McMahon managed to lose $350 million in a day and in-turn surrendered his right to be referred to as a billionaire. The WWE's stock reportedly fell after WWE had signed a new deal with NBC Universal for much less than many investors had hoped.
This was also merely months after WWE had made a big gamble and launched the WWE Network which offered subscribers all of WWE’s live pay-per-views for just $9.99 a month when before they were paying up to $54.99 a month for the same privilege.
9 Vince and the Body Building Federation
Back in 1990, Vince McMahon founded the World Bodybuilding Federation, Vince signed many competitors to the company in 1991 and it seemed that things were running smoothly when Vince began bringing many professional wrestlers into the company to help him. In 1992 ,Vince arranged for the show to have a live pay-per-view from Long Beach California, but the buy rates were absolutely terrible. Vince announced that the WBF was disbanding in 1992 and left the company.
8 Vince Faked His Own Death
Vince McMahon actually faked his own death on WWE TV back in 2007 by showing footage of his limousine blowing up. But the sudden and tragic death of Chris Benoit caused the company to bow out of the angle earlier than anticipated. Some people were even convinced that the McMahon incident had really taken place. The alleged story behind it states that Vince actually wanted to fake his own death, so he could see what people actually thought of him.
7 Vince Allegedly Supported Jimmy Snuka During a Murder Investigation
In 1983, WWE Superstar Jimmy Snuka’s girlfriend Nancy Argentino was found unresponsive in his hotel room and despite ambulance crews best efforts, she was later pronounced dead. Snuka was the main person of interest in the case and still is over 30 years later because the case is still yet to be solved. Vince McMahon decided to involve himself in the case to help his performer. In his autobiography, Snuka recalls being accompanied by McMahon to a meeting with law enforcers during the trial saying "All I remember is [McMahon] had a briefcase with him. I don't know what happened. ...The only thing I know for sure is I didn't hurt Nancy."
6 Vince and Kevin Wacholz
SummerSlam 1992 is still one of the biggest crowds WWE has ever performed in front of, with more that 80,000 fans packed in Wembley Stadium. But it seems one wrestler was not happy with the payment he received for his work that night.
Kevin Wacholz performed as Nailz and he decided to confront McMahon about his paycheque, before the conversation turned nasty and Wacholz began choking McMahon.
He was obviously fired, but the two then filed lawsuits against each other with Wacholz accusing McMahon of many things, including supplying him with steroids but all the lawsuits were eventually dropped.
6. Vince Actually told Bret to join WCW in 1997
Bret Hart initially had a 20 year contract with WWE that would run all the way until 2016 but with WWE in financial peril, McMahon knew that Hart wouldn't be getting the money that he was owed and he actually told Hart to have discussions with WCW and Eric Bischoff to negotiate a deal.
WCW offered $1.8 million per year for three years but Hart managed to lift this to #2.5 million and he was happy to go, before McMahon then changed his mind and asked him to stay. Obviously Hart did join WCW but only because McMahon pushed him to it, and what is now called "The Montreal Screwjob" was Vince's last present to Hart.
5 Vince and The XFL
The XFL was the brain child of Vince McMahon. The league was created as a way to compliment the NFL’s off season and consisted of eight teams who competed in two divisions.
The WWE and NBC apparently lost around $35 million each after the league failed in 2001, proving to be one of McMahon's most colossal failures.
Because of the amount of money lost, along with the short lifespan of the project itself, the whole venture into professional football can safely be described as a terrible idea for all involved.
4 Vince and The Divas
There have been many instances of Vince being “intimate” on screen with some of the most beautiful women to ever grace the WWE roster.
Sable, Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus and Stacy Keibler have all had their share of onscreen romances with Mr. McMahon. While it might just be for show, these raunchy scenes are still floating around the internet and you’ve got to think that as he’s gotten older, Vince has to be at least a little embarrassed as to how he’s portrayed in these segments.
Torrie Wilson infamously had to to make out with Vince on her first night as a member of the WWE roster. If you look at the video closely, it doesn’t really seem that she wanted to in the first place.
3 The Kiss My Ass Club
Humiliating employees in the backstage area in his own time was not enough for Vince McMahon, he decided that he was going to establish a group specifically for on-screen shaming.
The Kiss My Ass Club saw poor superstars forced to pucker up and kiss Vince’s rear end as a way of either avoiding termination or because Vince felt it was necessary as a show of respect for the boss.
The final member was Hornswoggle who was inducted into the club in 2008. Thankfully, there has been no mention of the club on WWE TV since then.
2 Vince Reveals All About His Sex Life
There are some interviews that you wish you had never read, as sometimes too much is revealed. One such case is when Vince McMahon was interviewed by Playboy in 2001.
He admitted that he had cheated on his wife Linda before going on to state “I’m a giver. Whether it’s performing in the ring or sexually, that’s how I get off. I give. I get off on the number of orgasms a woman has, when I’m the reason she’s having them.”
This is something that will definitely have you looking at Vince McMahon in a very different way from now on.
1 The Incest Storyline
It was perhaps one of the most disturbing reports to come out of WWE, but it was said that Vince McMahon actually pitched the idea that he could be the father of his daughter Stephanie McMahon’s baby in a twisted plot for the WWE.
Stephanie was said to have been completely against the idea and thought it was pushing the boundaries of the show as a whole. Apparently, she and husband Triple H didn’t want to be a part of a storyline of that kind. It wasn’t the first time Vince had pitched a crazy idea about the show either and it probably won’t be the last.
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