Vincent Kennedy “Vince” McMahon is an icon. He is known worldwide and so is his WWE venture. Vince was born some 69 years ago in Pinehurst, North Carolina. At birth, his father was not present. His father left him and his mom and went away with his older brother. Vince was not to meet him until the age of 12, but when they did finally meet, he was impressed with his wrestling career. Vince was quickly immersed into wrestling and his interest in the sport grew incalculably.
After graduating from the East Carolina University, Mr. McMahon joined his father’s World Wide Wrestling Federation. His father was not amused at his decision to join his company. At the same time, he met his wife Linda and fell in love. The two married in 1966 and went on to have two kids, Shane and Stephanie. Vince and his wife founded Titan Sports, Inc and bought the Cape Cod Coliseum in 1979. He worked hard until he bought his father out three years later.
In the years to come, Vince completely revolutionized the wrestling industry. In an interview, he candidly said, “In the old days, there were wrestling fiefdoms all over the country, each with its own little lord in charge. Each little lord respected the rights of his neighboring little lord. No takeovers or raids were allowed. There were maybe 30 of these tiny kingdoms in the U.S. and if I hadn’t bought out my dad, there would still be 30 of them, fragmented and struggling. I, of course, had no allegiance to those little lords.”
Here are 10 incredible statistics about Vinnie Mac that will live you speechless:
24) 0-4 – His WrestleMania Win-Loss Record
Vince McMahon has never won any WrestleMania match since its creation in 1985 despite having conceptualized it. In fact, he has lost all the four WrestleMania matches he has been involved in. In 2001, during WrestleMania X-7, Vince was defeated by his own son Shane McMahon. In 2003, during WrestleMania XIX, he was beaten by Hulk Hogan. Three years later, at WrestleMania 22, he was given a good thrashing by Shawn Michaels. In 2007, at WrestleMania 23’s Battle of the Billionaires, Bobby Lashley, who represented billionaire Donald Trump beat Umaga, who was representing Vince. As a result, Trump shaved Vince’s hair.
23) 36 Million – Number of WWE Viewers
The World Wrestling Entertainment Company is the largest wrestling promotion in the world. It commands a viewership of over 36 million viewers in 150 countries. The company is publicly traded but privately controlled. It holds 320 televised and non-televised events annually, which are purely entertainment-based. These events include regular Raw and SmackDown! events, WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, and Survivor Series. WWE was formerly known as Titan Sports, which changed its name into World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1998 and then to World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002. It is headquartered at Stamford, Connecticut and has offices in multiple cities including Mexico City, London, Los Angeles and Mumbai.
22) $1.2 Billion – His 2015 Net Worth
Vince McMahon is an incredibly wealthy individual. He is one of the richest people who’ve made a sizeable fortune in the sports industry behind the likes of Formula One’s Bernie Ecclestone, Stanley Kroenke, New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft and Nascar’s James France. This third generation wrestling promoter had a rough life growing up having grown up in a trailer park. However, this never dictated the outcome of his life as he bought his dad’s small wrestling company and turned it into a multi-national company that is broadcast in over 30 languages. In 2001, McMahon became a billionaire and fell off again in 2003 after his stock value plummeted. In 2015, Forbes renamed him a billionaire.
21) 1,248,624 – Number of Facebook Followers
Yes, Vince is also on Facebook, and he isn’t doing too shabby at all. He has 1,284,624 likes on his page. Apart from satisfying our egos, having many friends on Facebook like Vince does also helps us share information, chat with our friends and fans, promote our businesses – something that Mr. McMahon does quite well on his page – and kill boredom. Other WWE stars with many Facebook likes include Christian who has 2,043,196 likes, Stephanie McMahon who has 1,499,886 likes, Cody Rhodes who has 1,593,636 likes and Goldust who has 930,934 likes. Facebook is still the world’s largest social network with over 1.3 billion users.
20) 21 – Total Number of Lost Matches
Throughout his wrestling career, Vince McMahon has participated in 56 matches. He has won 27, lost 21 and drawn 8. Some of his most memorable matches include the 1999 match when he eliminated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the Royal Rumble match. In the same year, Vince and his son Shane McMahon teamed up and won against Steve Austin in a King of the Ring handicap ladder match. At the 2003 Vengeance, Vince beat Zach Gowen and later defeated his own daughter at No Mercy that same year. Vince is a boss with great showmanship. He is not afraid to face even his toughest wrestlers including his own son-in-law Triple H.
19) 24 – Number of People He Follows on Twitter
Vince McMahon’ s Twitter handle is one of the most misbalanced ever. He has 987,000 followers but he only follows 24. Vince actively uses Twitter to inform, remind and thank WWE superstars as well as his fans. Examples of Tweets he has recently posted include “Thanks to all of you for another record-breaking #WrestleMania.”, “”Brock re-signs with @WWE.” #CongratsToUs” – which had over 4,000 retweets, and one that shows his love for his son in law “Paul “@TripleH” Levesque is worthy of his induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame. #MySonInLaw #ASF2015.” He also regularly tweets pictures of himself ‘getting ready for Monday Night Raw.’
18) 48 – Number of Years He’s Been Married
Vince McMahon is among the few rich fellows who have managed to keep one wife for a considerable amount of time. Vince and Linda McMahon met and got hitched on August 26, 1966 in North Carolina. The two noticed each other in church when Vince was 16 and Linda was 13. Linda has continued to support her husband through his wrestling career and both have two kids who we’ll talk more about momentarily. Linda was mostly active at WWE as President and CEO from 1980 to 2009 when she retired. She promoted the brand, wrote for WWE publications, negotiated great deals and also instigated wrestling merchandise.
17) 6 ft 2 in – His Height
Vince McMahon is no small fry, standing at 6 ft 2 in tall. That’s the same as that of Zlatan Ibrahimović the professional footballer. Height in professional wrestling can have its merits and demerits. Tall people such as Vince have more bone mass. This makes them weaker than their shorter counterparts but this is cancelled out by their longer arms. On the other hand, taller wrestlers have better absolute strength, higher speed and power due to mechanical advantage, a reduced resting metabolic rate, better visibility, and a lower heart rate. They are also less likely to suffer from dehydration.
16) 248 lbs – His Billed Weight
Vince is also not as light as he looks on television. He weighs in at a substantial 248 lbs (112 kgs). In comparison, WWE superstars that weigh just about the same as their boss include Test who weighs 282 lbs, Jim Neidhart who weighs 282 lbs, Bradshaw (JBL) who weighs 280 lbs, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jim Duggan, and Samoa Joe who also weigh 280 lbs. Happy Humphrey is probably the heaviest man WWE has ever witnessed. He weighed in at a gigantic 800 lbs. He is followed by Billy McCrary and Benny McCrary who weighed in at 743 lbs and 723 lbs, respectively.
15) 5 – Number of Grandchildren
Although he has admitted to infidelities before, family values to Vince McMahon have been strong as evidenced by the unity in his family. Vince and Linda have two kids – Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon. Before resigning in 2010, Shane worked as WWE’s Executive Vice President of Global Media. He is a one-time WWF European Champion as well as a one-time WWF Hardcore Champion. He is married to Marissa and both have given Vince and Linda Declan James and Kenyon Jesse McMahon as grandchildren. Stephanie on the other hand is married to Triple H and both have given birth to Aurora Rose, Murphy Claire and Vaughn Evelyn Levesque.
14) 12 – Number of Wrestlers Managed
Vince McMahon has managed 12 wrestlers during his time at WWE. These include his kids Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, and his son-in-law Triple H. He has also managed Umaga, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, The Spirit Squad, Mick Foley, The Corporation, The Corporate Ministry, John Cena and Wade Barrett. Vince’s roles in managing these superstars have included booking matches and appearances for them, advising them on who to trust as an ally, acting as a mouthpiece on their behalf, and cutting promos for them. Although he managed him, Vince had one of the hottest feuds in WWE history with his son Shane McMahon.
13) 1 – Number of WWF Championship Titles
Vince is a one-time holder of the WWF Championship title. He held the title after the September 14, 1999 SmackDown! match in which his son served as the referee. The title has had many names over the years. Until 1971, it was named the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship. Afterwards, it has changed names from WWWF Heavyweight Championship to WWF Heavyweight Championship to WWF World Heavyweight Championship and finally to WWF Championship. In 2001, the title changed its name to the Undisputed WWF Championship, then Undisputed WWE Championship, WWE Championship and finally to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. John Cena currently holds the highest number of WWE World Heavyweight Championship titles at 12.
12) 1 – Number of Guinness World Records
Mr. McMahon is also a holder of a Guinness World Record. His win at the September 14, 1999 SmackDown! match made him the oldest wrestler to win the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship. At the time, he was 54 years and 21 days old. Other Guinness World Records held by WWE superstars or involve WWE include the first female winner of the annual WWE Superstar Challenge record held by AJ Lee, the 2009 fastest victory against a Legendary AI opponent on WWE Legends of WrestleMania record held by Carmelo Consiglio and the 2010 fastest victory on WWE Day of Reckoning record held by James Bouchier.
11) 13 – Number of Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards
In 1987, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named Vince McMahon the Best Booker. In 1988, the Newsletter gave him the Best Promoter Award. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. In 1998, Vince received three Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards – the Best Booker Award, the Best Promoter Award and the Feud of the Year Award. His feud was with Stone Cold Steve Austin. In 1999, he received a Best Non-Wrestler award, the Best Promoter award and the Feud of the Year award. A year later, he received the Best Non-Wrestler award, the Best Promoter award from the newsletter. In 2006, he received the Worst Feud of the Year award with his son.
10) 1 – Number of Playboy Interviews
Vince did an interview with the infamous Playboy magazine once in 2001. In the interview, Vince opened up about his early life. He said, “I grew up in a very volatile environment… A new Moon trailer, eight feet wide…Prior to that, I lived in Manly, North Carolina, in a house with no indoor plumbing. That could get a little disconcerting in the wintertime.” When asked about his stepdad’s brutal nature, he said, “It’s unfortunate he died before I could kill him. I would have enjoyed that.” At six years old, Vince stated that he beat his stepfather for hitting his mom. He went on to say that “I learned how not to be [a man]. One thing I loathe is a man who will strike a woman. There’s never an excuse for that.”
9) 47 Feet – Total Length of His Yacht
You know someone is well off when he has his own airplane or yacht – and Vince has one of the above. He has a 47-foot yacht that he has unfortunately named ‘Sexy Bitch’. The surfacing of the yacht’s name negatively impacted Linda McMahons’s campaign as she ran for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut. It isn’t hard to notice that Vince, who came up with the name, loves sex. In the same Playboy interview mentioned previously, he said, “players in my defunct football league should be able to use the F-word because it refers to my favorite thing to do in life.” He also described one motorcycle as “Having that much power between your legs is like having a 12-foot penis.”
8) 3 – Number of Houses
This wealthy occasional professional wrestler also possesses some impressive pads of his own. His most expensive house is a $40 million mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. The other two imposing pads are a $20 million vacation home and a $12 million penthouse in Manhattan. It is not an uncommon scenario for billionaires to own more than one home. Take for instance Vince’s friend Donald Trump. Trump owns one of the most luxurious penthouses in the world with gold finishes and indoor fountains at the top of his 68-story skyscraper Trump Tower. He also owns an expansive mansion called Mar-a-lago that sits on 17 acres. This stunning mansion has a whopping 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, and three bomb shelters.
7) 4 – Number of Finishing Moves
Vince is known for four main finishing moves. The first one is the Atomic Leg Drop, also known as running leg drop, which was parodied by Hulk Hogan. In this move, Vince jumps into the air and uses one of his legs to slam an opponent leaning forward face first into the mat. He is also known for the Pedigree, a move parodied by his son-in-law. Also known as the double underhook facebuster, Vince places the head of his opponent between his legs while they are still leaning forward, then applies a double underhook. The Boss is also known to perform the McMahon Stunner and the Corporate Elbow.
6) 12 – The Age He Met His Dad
Born on August 24, 1945, Vince Lupton never met his dad until 1957. His dad Vincent James McMahon left with his older brother while Vince was still young. At the time they met, his dad was a promoter for Capitol Wrestling Corporation, a small wrestling company. Soon, he became interested in following his dad’s footsteps. He was very much interested in becoming a wrestler but his dad prevented this from happening since promoters never wrestled. After graduating from East Carolina University in 1968, Vince joined his dad’s World Wide Wrestling Federation as an announcer. His dad was never happy that his son entered the business. Vince bought him out a couple of years later.
5) 1-0 – His Survivor Series Win-Loss Record
The Genetic Jackhammer has a 1-0 win loss record at Survivor Series. His 2003 Survivor Series match against The Undertaker was nothing short of dramatic. It was a Buried Alive Match whereby the wrestler who won was the first one to bury their opponent in a grave mounted near the entrance. McMahon made his way to the ring with his hands folded in prayer. However, he bled copiously as the Undertaker laid one too many blows on him. He then rolled the Boss and carried him to the gravesite. However, at the gravesite, McMahon was able to toss dirt into the Undertaker’s face and struck him with a shovel, forcing him to fall into the grave. Kane appeared, assaulted the Undertaker, and gave Mr. McMahon the improbable victory.
4) 0-1 – His SummerSlam Win-Loss Record
He also has a 0-1 win loss record at SummerSlam. His SummerSlam match was a 2006 tag team match of himself and Shane McMahon against D-Generation X members Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Before their match, the Spirit Squad, Finlay, William Regal, Mr. Kennedy, and The Big Show interfered. However, DX were able to get rid of them. Vince was able to use a trashcan on Triple H to his team’s advantage after knocking down the referee. Michaels hit Shane with Sweet Chin Music, and Vince tried to rescue him. Triple H used a trashcan on his head gaining victory for his team after performing the pedigree on Vince.
3) 1 – His Number of ECW World Championship Titles
The ECW World Championship was another professional wrestling world heavyweight championship by the Extreme Championship Wrestling. In April 29, 2007, Vince McMahon defeated Bobby Lashley in a handicap match to clinch the ECW World Championship title. This title has also gone through many names such as ECW Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship and NWA-ECW Heavyweight Championship. The Sandman holds the highest number of ECW World Championship titles at five followed by Shane Douglas at four. Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, Raven, Terry Funk, Sabu and Bobby Lashley have held the title twice each. In total, 49 ECW World Heavyweight Championship reigns have been recorded among 32 wrestlers.
2) 6 – Members of His “Kiss My Ass Club”
No one has ever wanted to join Vince’s Kiss My Ass Club. Over the years, the club has amassed only six members. These members are William Regal, who joined in November 19, 2001, Jim Ross, who joined November 26, 2001, Shawn Michaels, who joined in February 27, 2006, Shane McMahon, who joined in April 2, 2006, Mick Foley, who joined in August 21, 2006 and Hornswoggle, who joined in February 4, 2008. Vince McMahon’s Kiss My Ass Club was created soon after the collapse of The Alliance. New members were required to kiss their boss’s hindquarters in the middle of the ring. If not, they would be suspended or even fired.
1) 70% – His Stake at WWE
As we’ve seen, WWE is a publicly traded company. Therefore, shares and stocks are involved. Despite the company being publicly traded, Vince McMahon owns its vast majority. Together with Linda McMahon, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H, Vince controls 70% of the company. He also controls 96% of the voting power in the company. Currently, Vince operates as chairman and chief executive officer of the company, Stephanie serves as the chief brand officer, Triple H serves as the executive vice president in charge of talents, live events and creative, while George Barrios is the CFO. The company has annual revenues in excess of $542.6 million.
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