Vince McMahon is wrestling. Period. End of story. The man who gambled everything on himself over 30 years ago, and came out billionaire has revolutionized the world of professional wrestling. Sure he had help, but for the most part, McMahon was able to turn a carnival attraction into one of the largest forms of entertainment in American history.
Though he is filthy rich, at his heart Vince is still just a wrestling fan. Sure he holds the fate of our weekly wrestling obsession in his senile old hands, but he is still a fan. With that fandom comes wanting to shake loose the role of boss, and transition into being just one of the boys. For a boss like Vince McMahon acting like one of the boys creates an interesting dichotomy. If you are friendly to everyone you lose your edge, but if you act like too much of a boss, you will never be accepted among the locker room. By my count, Vince is a boss who pretends to be one of the boys, and today we have compiled 15 pictures that show him doing just that.
As always feel free to let us know what you think of our list in the comments section.
15 One of the Girls?
This photo is more like Vince being one of the girls, as he likes to interact with his talent. Standing between both Alicia Fox and Eve Marie, this is less of a candid shot than others. It’s funny that this photo was taken during one of the Tribute to the Troops shows in Afghanistan, yet no soldiers are posing with these three. We all know that being one of the boys means cozying up to some of the girls, and it’s clear that Vince is doing that in this picture.
14 Fallen Friend
This picture captures a light hearted moment between the owner of WWE, and his then WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero. Judging by the ring gear he is wearing, this picture looks like it was taken right after Guerrero defeated Brock Lesnar for the title at No Way Out in 2004. The first person to greet Latino Heat must have been Vince, once again being more of a friend to one of his employees than a boss.
13 Showing Off The Physique
So we all know that Vince got hammered in the 80s for funnelling steroids into the WWE. We also know how guys continued to look absolutely jacked well into the Attitude Era, and Vince McMahon was no exception. During his days as a commentator/interviewer Vince looked like a regular guy you would see on the street, but then one day he turned into this behemoth of a man you see above.
12 Trying To Impress Hogan
Remember that last entry when we talked about Vince using/distributing steroids in the 80s? Well this picture kind of represents why he may have started using them in the first place. Clearly, in the middle of some bromantic escapades, McMahon and Hulk Hogan are shown working out together. McMahon, who is obviously in the infancy stages of working out, is surely trying to impress Hogan in this picture. McMahon looks to only be curling about 135 lbs in this picture, something that I’m sure he could do in his sleep today. Impressing the Hulkster is something that many wrestlers have tried to do over the years, and though he was his boss McMahon was no exception.
11 Member Of The Kliq
10 Better Times
9 The Active Boss
Deep down inside, Vince always wanted to be a wrestler himself. He had a gimmick in mind similar to the one eventually given to Ted DiBiase. So that's probably why Vince took the opportunity to perform when he could. Here he is, hanging out with some of his talent while shooting a music video for the album Piledriver. Vince isn't the type of boss to just sit around and bark orders at the talent. Sure, he'll bark, but rest assured he's going to work his butt off too.
8 Ultimate Reconciliation
You wouldn’t be one of the boys if you weren’t badmouthed by The Ultimate Warrior before his untimely death in 2015. The former WWE Champion insulted nearly every pillar of the WWE during his 20 year exile from the company; McMahon was no different. Like most of the boys, Vince eventually made peace with the man from Parts Unknown, and even posed for a cheek-to-cheek picture during WrestleMania. You know that Vince still had a soft spot in his heart for one of his top draws of the '80s.
7 Keeping Up With The Times
Hmmm is it just me or does Vince McMahon look like he is doing his best impression of The Undertaker in this picture. Sure he is wearing his signature ring attire, but the fingerless gloves make the Chairman look like he is training for UFC more than WWE. This is another example of Vince trying to train like one of the boys, going through his punching regiment before a match.
6 Better Times For Titus
Given his harsh punishment of Titus O'Neil last year, it’s a little awkward to see the two hanging out backstage. You can immediately tell that the conversation is jovial from the photo above by the way that Darren Young is nearly touching Vince McMahon’s neck. Maybe if Vince wasn’t so comfortable having physical interactions with his employees backstage, they wouldn't be confused as to when was an appropriate time to horse around with their boss.
5 Backstage Generals
A few things to note about this picture. First, McMahon is standing with two of the most influential members of the WWE locker room having a good laugh. Secondly… is this actually a picture of The Undertaker laughing?!?! Well if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one is writing an essay on how much Vince McMahon loves JBL and 'Taker. Given that there is a plane over their shoulders, we can assume that this snapshot was taken during a Tribute to the Troops show.
3 Mentoring The Miz
2 New World Order
How intimidating would it be to walk up to this circle. I could just imagine the conversation coming to a screeching halt as anyone else tried to eavesdrop in on this meeting of wrestling giants. Now I can’t say that I have ever been backstage at a WWE event, but you have to assume that Vince McMahon isn’t just striking up conversations like this with anybody.
1 Two Men, One Business
Not every photo on here has to be mocked. This picture, which features McMahon embracing The Undertaker, is truly special for many reasons. Despite McMahon being a businessman through and through, the Chairman of WWE LOVES the wrestling business. His respect for the business is probably only matched by one man; The Undertaker. This photo not only shows two men who respect wrestling, but two that respect each other for everything that they have given to the business.
At the time 'Taker was just about to compete in what many thought would be his final match at WrestleMania XXX. Vince also knew 'Taker was about to do something very unselfish for the business in letting his streak come to an end. For McMahon, this hug wasn’t simply for the match he was about to deliver for Brock Lesnar, but rather for nearly a quarter-century of friendship and dedication.
Following the match, Vince proved his respect for 'Taker by leaving the event early to rush to the hospital with 'Taker after he was concussed.
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