6 WWE legends and the best advice Vince McMahon gave them

Some Superstars benefited a lot from Vince McMahon's advice
Some Superstars benefited a lot from Vince McMahon's advice
Ali Akber

Vince McMahon has been the driving force behind WWE for decades now, and his hard work and dedication have ensured that WWE has remained the top wrestling promotion in the world. While a few in the WWE Universe have been critical of Vince’s approach, he has proven his critics wrong by producing some of the best gimmicks, characters, and wrestlers in the industry.

Vince isn’t your usual Chairman who sits behind a desk and hands out instructions as we’ve learned from several Superstars that he loves to get into the storylines himself and hand out valuable advice.

WWE legends such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have revealed that Vince’s advice backfired when put into practice. However, there are several other legends who’ve come forward and revealed that the advice Vince gave them helped them during their careers.

Keeping that in mind, we’ve dug deep to compile a list of 6 WWE legends who’ve received the best advice from WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon.

#6 WWE Chairman Vince McMahon gave some valuable advice to Lilian Garcia

While Lilian Garcia was never an in-ring performer, she will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic and legendary in-ring announcers. Garcia spent over a decade working for the company, and still makes sporadic appearances and works backstage. While Vince McMahon is known to give his Superstars valuable advice, he gave Garcia some good advice that helped her out in her career.

Around the time Garcia announced her Chasing Glory podcast, she appeared on WWE's The Bump and spoke about the advice she received from Vince McMahon.

"One of the things I remember about Vince is him telling me not to take myself too seriously," she recalled. "I would be so into wanting to be perfect; if something didn't go right, I would beat myself up. I remember I was in the back and he came up to me - I didn't realize I messed up on something. When he told me about it, I started to tear up. He told me, 'Hey Lil, relax. I just want to make you better, so I'm going to give you some advice.' That really did stick with me. I started taking things less personally."

Vince McMahon’s advice not only helped her take things less personally, but it also helped her further her career and feel more confident. During the Raw 25 Years special episode, Garcia was honored as part of a segment involving women who are considered legends that contributed to the company's success.

#5 Batista received some great advice from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

Batista became the ‘Powerhouse’ of WWE during his prime in the 2000s. His alliance with two of WWE’s most seasoned Superstars, Triple H and Ric Flair, allowed him to amass a great deal of knowledge and experience that helped him later on in his career. However, The Animal didn’t feel right when he returned for the WWE SmackDown 1000 to plant the seeds for a match with Triple H at WrestleMania 35. He then turned to Vince McMahon for some advice during the show.

After cutting one of the best promos of his career, Batista was asked how he felt after making his return to the Blue brand for the show. Batista revealed that he was a bit nervous, and some advice from Vince McMahon helped him get through with ease.

"It was alright, it probably could have gone a little better, but I think considering how nervous I was. I told Vince how nervous I was, he said, 'When you go out there, just tell them, be honest and speak from the heart.' First thing I said, 'I'm nervous' because I was. I didn't want to pull any punches, I was nervous, man."

Everything went well during the promo and The Animal succeeded in planting the seeds for a future rivalry with The Game that went well. Even the most seasoned Superstars have turned to Vince McMahon for some advice, and the WWE Hall of Famer managed to get his final rivalry right thanks to the Chairman.

#4 WWE Chairman Vince McMahon gave R-Truth the perfect advice to shape his character

The first, and only, 50-time Champion in WWE has been a great entertainer for the company for several years. R-Truth joined WWE in 1999 and has been competing on and off for the company for the past 20 years or so. While R-Truth has one of the most unique and refined characters in WWE, the Superstar has revealed that Vince McMahon was behind the character he plays on-screen.

Truth appeared on Sam Roberts’ Notsam Wrestling podcast and revealed the advice Vince McMahon gave him about his WWE career. Truth called Mr. McMahon the "Godfather of entertainment", and spoke about how he got him out of the habit of trying to be like others and told him to be more like himself.

"I would do promos, I would do interviews and things, and Vince was like, ‘That’s not R-Truth. Who the hell was that?" Vince would go onto to say, "You’re entertaining. You can speak and you’re entertaining. You can go in the ring and be entertaining. You can just be around people and be entertaining."

While a few Superstars have criticized Vince McMahon for not being in touch with the product, legends such as R-Truth have shown that Vince has taken a very hands-on approach with some of his top performers.

"I hear Vince in the back of my head saying, ‘You need to be yourself, be R-Truth. R-Truth wouldn’t do that – he wouldn’t say that. He wouldn’t act that way."

Truth is a valuable Superstar for WWE even though he’s almost 50-years-old now, and the legend has been one of Vince’s most trusted performers for years now.

#3 Kurt Angle got the best advice from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

There are very few men who’ve achieved as much as Kurt Angle did during his time in the ring. Angle recently retired from WWE, and the Hall of Famer has given fans some of the best matches and moments during his illustrious career. This allowed Vince McMahon to trust him with some of his biggest stars to perform on the biggest stages.

Angle went through several injuries during his career that took him out of action for long periods, but he kept coming back for more every time he got a chance. While performing in the ring can be both physically and mentally exhausting, Vince gave Kurt Angle a lot of valuable advice to keep pushing on.

During a fan Q&A on his Facebook page, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed the best advice Vince McMahon gave him.

"Have fun. Don't take it too seriously. Enjoy performing because there will be a day that you won't be able to anymore."

The advice may have helped shape the career of one of WWE’s biggest and most notable legends, and Angle still has a lot of praise for Mr. McMahon and the work he does behind the scenes.

#2 Rob Van Dam received some valuable advice from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon

WWE and ECW legend Rob Van Dam managed to take the wrestling world by storm with his high-flying ability and daredevil attitude. The WWE Superstar was one of the biggest names in the company during his prime, and he received some very valuable advice from Vince McMahon during his prime.

Speaking on Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast, Rob Van Dam revealed some fatherly advice that Vince McMahon gave him early in his career that helped him avoid long-term injuries.

“And, by the way, when I first got to WWE, one time I was coming through gorilla [position] and Vince McMahon said, 'When you take those chair shots,' he said, 'you put your hands up.' And I was like, 'Naw, that's cool. That's for everybody else, Vince.' He said, 'No, you listen to me! You put your hands up.' I go, 'But I do this all the time.' He goes, and this is the only time he said anything remotely like this, he goes, 'Now listen, I'm your father! I'm telling you to put your hands up.'”

Wrestling has always been about performing the most outrageous moves as safely as possible, and RVD was blessed enough to have Mr. McMahon around to give him some great advice that may have helped him elongate his career.

#1 The Undertaker almost knocked out WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for the advice he received

While almost every single Superstar in the WWE locker room feared The Undertaker, Vince McMahon was very close to The Deadman. Over the years, the two men formed a great relationship which Taker has spoke about many times.

Undertaker competed for WWE for three decades and received quite a bit of valuable advice from Vince. Speaking with Corey Graves on his "After The Bell" podcast, Taker recalled how Vince McMahon gave him some crucial advice at the right time.

“Vince straight up pulled me into his office one day, and we started talking about it. He flat looked me square in the eye and said, 'Mark, you need to feel sorry for yourself', and I'm like, 'What?' 'You need to feel sorry for yourself, and get your a** out there and do what you're supposed to do.' I had the inside of me saying like, 'Get up and knock him on his a**', but then I was processing all that, I knew he was right.”

The backstory suggests that Undertaker was dealing with a lot of personal problems at the time, and that was affecting his performance in the ring. Vince’s advice helped Taker get his head back in the game and entertain the crowds to earn more respect during his illustrious career.

Edited by James Sullivan


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