4 incredible sacrifices Vince McMahon made for the WWE

Trump shaves McMahon's head at WrestleMania 23
Trump shaves McMahon's head at WrestleMania 23

Longtime fans of the WWE are familiar with the kind of dedication Vince McMahon has shown for the wrestling business.

McMahon bought the business from his father and turned it into a global franchise with a major presence on social media. He indirectly killed off all the territories in the 80s and went on to defeat WCW in the Monday Night Wars. Today, WWE is the biggest wrestling promotion in the world.

youtube-cover

But as they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. Vince had to do things no one would dare to do, in order to turn the WWE into a global phenomenon. He personally took it upon himself to revolutionize wrestling, and the WWE universe is hugely indebted to Vincent Kennedy McMahon for his toil.

In this article, we take a look at four sacrifices Vince made for the sake of the WWE.


#4 Wrestling is fake!

Vince admitted in 1989 that wrestling was fake
Vince admitted in 1989 that wrestling was fake

Back in the late 80s, a bill was put up to remove pro wrestling from the regulations that were applied on actual sports that didn't have predetermined results.

It was a time when a large portion of the masses still believed that wrestling was real. Vince McMahon was a part of the proceedings and was representing the World Wrestling Federation at the time.

In a moment that would shatter millions of perspectives, McMahon stated that wrestling was, in fact, a fake sport, with predetermined outcomes. As a result of McMahon's statement, the bill was passed with a vote of 37 to 1.

The term 'sports entertainment' was then coined to represent professional wrestling and the terminology is carried forward to this date.

With the advent of the internet, fans have become much smarter and are not taking content at face value alone. Despite all of this, the WWE still stands tall and continues delivering record breaking shows.


#3 A history of brutal beatdowns

Mr McMahon vs Shane McMahon
Mr McMahon vs Shane McMahon

Mr. McMahon's dedication towards the wrestling business is unparalleled. Over the course of the past two decades, Vince has inserted himself as well as his family into multiple storylines in the WWE.

This has resulted in Vince McMahon being regarded as one of the greatest heels in the history of the business. It all began with an "Employee vs Boss" storyline that pitted a white-hot Stone Cold against Vince, with the boss eating stunners on multiple occasions.

This was only the beginning as Vince took multiple beatings from his employees to further storylines. His match with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 17 and his outing against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 22 are just two examples of how much abuse Vince took for the sake of doing good business.

Since he was the top heel at the time, the fans wanted nothing more than to see Vince McMahon get punished and he gave them just that.

youtube-cover

#2 DX drops filth on the McMahons

DX mocking the McMahons
DX mocking the McMahons

Mr. McMahon's feud with Shawn Michaels in 2006 led to a long-awaited reunion of the notorious faction, DX.

Over the course of the next several months, Triple H and Shawn Michaels made Vince's life a living hell. Their antics included painting a huge DX sign on the Titan Towers, forcing Vince to kiss The Big Show's butt inside Hell in a Cell, and demolishing his Limousine.

But nothing came close to what DX did on an episode of Monday Night Raw. After mocking Vince and Shane, they pointed at the titantron, which displayed a rare gem from Vince McMahon's past that he didn't want anyone to see.

youtube-cover

As a confused Vince, Shane, and The Spirit Squad looked at a toilet cabin on their left, DX dropped a large amount of disgusting matter on them.

It's still unclear whether that was actual human filth or a "safer alternative," but it did let fans know that Vince McMahon could go to any lengths to improve the ratings.

The DX reunion warranted a strong heel to put them over and Vince took it upon himself to get the job done. He was majorly embarrassed throughout the duration of this feud but did what was best for business.

#1 Donald Trump shaves Vince's head

The match that did huge business for WrestleMania 23
The match that did huge business for WrestleMania 23

WrestleMania 23 held the record of highest number of buys until it was broken by WrestleMania 28, featuring The Rock vs John Cena.

The reason for this incredible turnout was the fact that the event was centered around the rivalry of McMahon and the future president of the United States, Donald Trump. To add to the drama, Stone Cold Steve Austin was appointed as the referee for the Lashley vs Umaga match, with the loser's advocate getting his head shaved.

youtube-cover

After Vince McMahon failed to help Umaga win the match, he was grabbed by the trio of Trump, Lashley, and Austin, and forced onto the barber chair. What followed was one of the most embarrassing moments of Vince's career, as a sea of 80,000 fans and millions at home watched him get his head shaved on the grandest stage of them all.

The WWE has never shied away from the opportunity to partner with other celebrities, and this might have been the most explosive association of them all.

Stone Cold, who has been Mr McMahon's nemesis since day one, never wasted the opportunity to get one over his boss, helping Donald Trump emerge victorious.

Vince's sacrifice paid off big time as WrestleMania 23 went on to break several records.