The McMahons may not be the first wrestling family, but they are undoubtedly the first family of wrestling. Years after nearly every other promoter that thought they were going to make their family fortunes in the “wrasslin” business faded away into the history books, the McMahons continue to grow an entertainment empire that seems to reach a little further each day. While there has never been a shortage of outside influences that have helped them along the way, it’s truly remarkable that it is the McMahon family that have been front and center for nearly all of WWE’s years. They are the core of the wrestling world.
Despite that, we really don’t know a lot about them. Oh sure, we’ve seen them do their thing on television week in and week out, and you occasionally hear about public dealings from time to time, but when you get right down to it, can you really say that you know the McMahon family unit like you might know your own family? Maybe we’ll never really know everything interesting there is to know about the McMahons, but there are some things that every wrestling fan should be aware of. These are the 15 things you need to know about the McMahons.
16 Their Wrestling Roots Are Older Than You Think
Whenever we hear about the origins of the McMahon family, we always hear about how Vince McMahon’s dad, Vincent James McMahon, started the company and eventually gave it to his son who turned it into what we know today. It’s a great story, but it’s not quite the whole story. The person that usually gets shafted in the retelling of how the McMahon's got into the wrestling business is Vince’s grandfather, Roderick James McMahon.
15 Vince McMahon Has A Brother We Never See
14 Linda and Vince Met and Married At A Very Young Age
Given that the age at which many people get married rises every year, it’s sometimes surprising to look back at how common it was for couples to marry at a young age. For instance, Vince met Linda when they were only teenagers. By teenagers, we mean that Vince was 16 and Linda was only 13. The story goes that their attraction was obvious to from the start which didn’t sit well with Linda’s parents. Vince did wait a while before popping the question to Linda, but he apparently couldn’t stand to wait that long as the two got married when Linda was only 17.
13 The Family Was Incredibly Poor Early On
12 Vince Has Always Been Open With Linda About His Infidelity
11 Shane Practically Raised Stephanie
10 Shane and Stephanie Had To Pay Their Dues In The Business
9 The Family Assets Once Included A Hockey Team
8 Linda and Stephanie Are Responsible for Most of WWE's Charities
7 The Family Spent Over $100 million on Linda’s Political Campaigns
6 Shane McMahon Was Almost Conned Out of $20 Million
5 Vince McMahon Once Lost $350 Million In A Single Day
4 They’re All Incredible Athletes
Just because the McMahons spend most of their time behind the scenes handling the business side of WWE doesn’t mean that they don’t stay in ring shape whenever possible. You probably already know about Triple H’s intense workout regimen, but he may pale in comparison to the work ethic of his wife. Stephanie is a true gym rat who once even hosted her own fitness program. Shane is not far behind as anyone who watched his training leading up to his match against The Undertaker at this year’s WrestleMania will tell you. Once again, however, it’s Vince that reigns king of the McMahon's in this department. Vince will supposedly break all but the most intense of athletes if they step into the gym with him.
3 Shane Was One of The Last People To Know Stephanie and Triple H Were Dating
2 Shane McMahon Left WWE To Save His and Vince’s Relationship
As anyone who has worked together for a number of years knows, it can be tough to be around someone in a professional environment for an extended period of time. Now, imagine spending a fairly decent amount of time with that person in your personal life as well. You would probably go crazy pretty quickly, and nobody would be there to blame you. Such is the situation that Vince and Shane McMahon eventually found themselves in.
1 Nobody is Entirely Sure Who Takes Over WWE When Vince Is Gone
Although members of major companies don’t like to openly discuss it, especially if those companies are family run, there is almost always a clear contingency plan in place if the boss dies or otherwise has to step down. That’s just responsible business. So far as anyone can tell, WWE has no such clear plan in place. While the company isn’t quite the Vince McMahon show that it was once upon a time, Vince is still clearly in charge. Popular wisdom says that the company goes to Stephanie and Triple H after that, but a recent series of rumors suggest that Vince has brought Shane back into the fold in order to stave off a takeover attempt by the couple. Then, you have factors like the board of directors and the company’s public shares to consider. As tight as this family is, things could go ugly when the company is on the line.
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