Did you know that Vince has a deal with Cartoon Network?Vince McMahon is arguably one of the best wrestling promoters out there.After acquiring the company from his father, he went on to kickstart a wrestling revolution which took professional wrestling into the mainstream limelight. The resume of McMahon is so impressive that it could be used as a case study for students who want to make it big in the business.Granted that he is probably out of touch these days, nobody can take away the success that Mr. McMahon conquered over the years. Despite being such a famous figure in the business, there are still some lesser known facts about the boss.This list is going to take a look at them.
#10 Dr. Vince McMahon
Over the course of his career, numerous accolades have been showered on Vince – both Wrestling and non-wrestling awards.
In this slide, we are going to take a look at the latter category. Vince McMahon is one of the few celebrities in the world to have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and the best part is, he is not even a Hollywood star.
Another thing about Vince is that he was granted the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the sacred heart university. So don’t be surprised if WWE comes up with a Dr. Vince McMahon angle somewhere in the future.
#9 The numerous PWI awards
Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer have awarded numerous awards to Vince McMahon over the past four decades.
He won the PWI feud of the year award on four separate occasions. He won the award in 1996 for his feud with Eric Bischoff (the Monday Night Wars in case you were wondering) and he won it in 1998 and 1999 for his work with Steve Austin.
The last award came in 2001 where he feuded with Shane McMahon.
Vince also won the Match of the year award in 2006 when he had a No Holds Barred bout with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. How’s that for a non-wrestler?
#8 His brother
For many of us, the McMahon family consists of four members, Vince, Linda, Shane, and Stephanie.
Triple H could be added to the mix if we are talking about in-laws as well. However, there is a McMahon out there that is lesser known. Rod McMahon – Vince’s brother – was with Vince McMahon Sr. when he ran the World Wide Wrestling Federation.
Rod, however, decided to stay away from the wrestling business afterwards and decided to venture into the steel industry. Rod was supposed to show up on WWE Raw after the Limo explosion angle but thanks to the Chris Benoit tragedy, the entire storyline was dropped by the WWE creative.
#7 Teenage love story
Linda McMahon and Vince McMahon got married on August 26, 1966. This year, they will celebrate 50 years of their marriage (unless my math is wrong) and it has been a great story of love, sacrifices, and trust.
I’m not including loyalty into this list due to obvious reasons.
We only know this that Vince and Linda first met during their teenage years. They first met in a church when Vince was 16 years old and Linda was 13. It was Vince’s mother who introduced Linda to Vince and this was the first meeting of the couple.
The relationship grew, and just five years after their meeting, Vince tied the knot with Linda.
#6 He has a deal with Cartoon Network
The Kiss my ass club of Vince McMahon is infamous.
Filled with equal shares of controversies and creativity, it was a concept that set apart Vince from the usual Authority heels. The first member of the Kiss my ass club was William Regal in 2001.
Afterwards, the likes of Jim Ross, Shawn Michaels, Shane McMahon, Mick Foley and Hornswoggle joined the club.
The club led to an internet based cartoon called "Mr. McMahon's Kiss My Ass Club – The WWE's Most Valuable Asset" which was produced by Animax. As it had similarities to Cartoon Network’s Assy McGee, WWE and Cartoon Network came into a settlement to stop the Kiss my ass club cartoon.
#5 The Guinness record holder
Yes, let that fact sink in.
Vince McMahon is a Guinness World Record holder. He achieved the same in September 1999 when he won the WWE championship. In turn, he became the oldest wrestler to win the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship.
At the time of his win, McMahon was 54 years old and 21 days old. He won the title defeating Triple H thanks to an outside interference from Steve Austin. The title win was crucial in the WWE timeline and sowed the seeds for the feud between Triple H and Vince McMahon which later went on to be known as the McMahon-Helmsley Era.
#4 Failed attempts in bodybuilding and football
Before Vince got the company from his father, he owned a Hockey team.
He was promoting events in the Cape Cod Coliseum in Massachusetts that he leased soon; he brought out the Cape Cod Buccaneers that played in Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
McMahon was hell bound in making the team a success but unfortunately, the team went on a losing spree and the idea bombed. He then had the idea of starting a Boby Building Federation which also suffered the same faith.
Another major failure of Vince was the XFL. With XFL, Vince tried to have a new footballing league in the market, but it ended up as a nightmare for him.
#3 The incest angle
Vince McMahon has had some wicked ideas throughout his career.
Some helped him turn WWE into a cult product, and the others made him look like a fool. The incest angle that he suggested, if implemented, would have fallen into the second category.
Most of the fans out there know about this, but for the ones who don’t, here is the story.
Once, Vince McMahon had this idea of portraying Stephanie McMahon as a pregnant character. There would be a lot of mystery surrounding the father of the baby, but later, WWE would reveal that Vince was the one who made Stephanie pregnant.
It feels like the idea came straight out of a porn film that he saw, but thankfully for us, Stephanie rejected the proposal.
#2 The horrible childhood
Vince McMahon had a forgettable childhood.
As a child, he dealt with Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder which he overcame with his age. However, his mind still carries the scars that his step fathers gave him. Vince and his mother were abandoned by his father when Vince was young.
In fact, Vince first saw his father at the tender age of 12.
All those years, Vince lived with a number of step fathers. He used to be abused constantly by them with one of his step fathers, Leo Lupton being the worse one from the lot. Lupton used to beat Vince’s mother and Vince once said that it was unfortunate that Lupton died before he could kill him.
#1 He was initially not the complete owner of WWE
The major misconception regarding Vince McMahon’s reign in WWE is that he acquired the company completely from his father.
However, initially, Vince only had fifty percentage of the ownership. The other fifty percentage was owned by Gorilla Monsoon, Arnold Skaaland, and Phil Zacko.
Vince, however, did not want to his company to work in such a way and decided to buy out the whole thing. He offered all three men a job for life with the company and a payment of $100,000 upfront which they agreed.
Once, the deal was struck, Vince owned the company and he had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. With this freedom, Vince went on to revolutionize the wrestling business.