The days of Vince McMahon being the most-powerful individual in North American professional wrestling are coming to an end. McMahon, the head figure in charge of World Wrestling Entertainment, has slowly but surely begun the transition that will see son-in-law Paul Levesque (Triple H) and daughter Stephanie McMahon take full control of the company. The chairman and CEO of WWE will turn 70-years old in the summer of 2015, and the truth of the matter is that he only has so much more than he could possibly give to the company and to the industry before he steps aside for good.
McMahon became interested in the wrestling business at a young age, and his visions for what was to become the WWE were far beyond those had by other promoters in the United States. Unlike those who chose to run territories in regions of the country, McMahon wanted to expand what was the World Wide Wrestling Federation into an organization that was far and away the top company in the nation. McMahon eventually exceeded what were likely his original intentions, as the WWE is now a global brand that is synonymous with the business and that has its own streaming network that is available all around the world.
It may surprise some diehard wrestling fans to learn that there was a time when McMahon was not at all associated with the business. He did well to work his way from the bottom up in the industry, first making his name as an an-air performer who would call the action inside of the ring. McMahon would go on to find his feet as an announcer and behind the scenes, turning what was a regional property into the one global icon of the wrestling business. No name in the industry is bigger than McMahon, and the man associated with the WWE has, for better or worse, made that brand an entertainment mainstay.
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10 The XFL
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6 The McMahon Strut
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3 The McMahon Secret
2 Mr. McMahon was Based on Reality
1 The Incest Angle
What was once hoped to be nothing more than an Internet rumor was proven to be true during a WWE documentary on McMahon. Stephanie McMahon was pregnant with one of her three children when Vince had the idea that he should, in storyline, be the father of that baby. When that idea was nixed, it was suggested that Vince's son Shane could serve as the on-air dad of the child. Cooler heads prevailed in the end as neither story ever saw the light of day on WWE television. McMahon has been a brilliant businessman over the years, but there is little question that this was not one of his better visions.
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