The McMahon family that will be running World Wrestling Entertainment in some way seemingly for as long as that company exists has, over the years, been anything but boring. Vince McMahon, who has been the face of the WWE forever, went from being an announcer to a regular on-air character in the mid-1990s. Since then, Vince’s wife, his son and his daughter have all had roles on shows such as Raw and SmackDown. His daughter Stephanie is a regular fixture on Raw as a member of the heel group “The Authority” that also includes her real-life husband, wrestler Triple H.
Outside observers have had plenty of hot takes about the McMahon family. That is understandable when you consider all of the storylines that have included Vince and other members of the McMahon family over the past two decades. While there has often been some smoke caused by the fire that has been rumors about the McMahon family, some notions that have been put out there on Internet wrestling forums are incorrect. They may have played wacky characters on television, but the McMahons are nevertheless a family, one that has been incredibly successful in a business that has swallowed up other investors and other companies.
10. The McMahon Family Hates Each Other
Every family has disagreements, and we can only assume that the McMahon family has been no different over the years. Segments of WWE programming that has featured multiple members of the McMahon family interacting with each other could lead one to believe that they have legitimately been at odds with each other. That is not the case. Watch any DVD that features Vince, Shane, Stephanie, Triple H and Linda speaking about each other, and you can see that they may actually be even closer than a standard family due to the fact that they work and travel together.
9. Shane is an Outcast
It has long been suggested that Shane McMahon parted ways with the WWE in January 2010 because he learned that Triple H and Stephanie would be charged with running the company after Vince either stepped down or passed away. Whether or not that is accurate, Shane did not become an ostracized member of the McMahon family after he chose to pursue his own personal business endeavors. Any doubts about that should be erased by the fact that Shane returned to WWE television in February 2016. Maybe part of the storyline feud involving Shane and other members of the family has to do with these types of misconceptions.
8. They’re All Involved With Creating WWE Storylines
One might assume that all of the members of the McMahon family have been involved with the creative aspects of their storylines across the past two decades. That has not always been the case. Linda, as an example, was not part of the creative process during her stints with the company. While Stephanie probably does not have to memorize a script for the promos that she delivers during shows, she is more-so involved with the business end of the WWE these days. Shane is back with the company, but journalists such as Dave Meltzer have, as of early March, stated that he is currently only an on-air character.
7. The McMahon Family Doesn’t Care About the Wrestlers
Whether or not this was ever true could be up for debate, but there can be little question about the fact that Vince and other members of the McMahon family have taken serious steps to make the WWE a safe working environment for performers. Daniel Bryan is the perfect case study. Bryan desperately wanted to return to the ring in 2015 and 2016, and the misconception out there was that Vince McMahon and the WWE were “holding Bryan down.” That, we now know, was not the case, as the WWE merely had Bryan’s best interests at heart. Bryan had to retire from wrestling in February 2016 because of lasting impacts of concussions.
6. The McMahon Family is Ashamed of Wrestling
This is a misconception that has been suggested by fans and even by some journalists. Vince is often referenced whenever the notion is mentioned. For a family that supposedly may have some issues with being in the pro wrestling business, those individuals certainly have not had problems with being involved with the WWE and also playing on-air characters and taking pro wrestling bumps. Pro wrestling has made every member of the McMahon family extremely rich. That they use the term “sports entertainment” doesn’t change that one bit.
5. The McMahon Family Only Cares About “Getting Over”
One of the big misconceptions some fans have had is that Vince, Stephanie and even Triple H have only cared about getting themselves over on shows. WWE was financially strongest when Vince was serving as a heel who helped make “Stone Cold” Steve Austin the hottest babyface in the history of North American pro wrestling and when he helped The Rock become an international sensation. Triple H has repeatedly done jobs at WrestleMania events, and odds are that he is going to do the same in the spring of 2016. Yes, the McMahon family has been on TV, but making profits has always been the main objective of those angles.
4. The McMahon Family is Out of Touch With Modern WWE Fans
While Vince may be the first name that comes to mind for this section, one must also include Triple H and Stephanie because of their roles in the WWE. This is a misconception that needs to be put to rest until the WWE is in some financial peril. McMahon and company stuck with John Cena, who routinely sells the most merchandise and sells out house shows, when fans wanted Cena to be turned heel. McMahon may be proven to be right in choosing Roman Reigns as the company’s next top face. Fans also need only look at NXT if they believe those running the company don’t have eyes toward the future.
3. The McMahon Family Only Does What is “Best for Business”
Every organization that has sponsorship deals gets involved with charities, and the WWE has been no different. Members of the McMahon family have taken extra steps on multiple occasions. The “Be a Star” anti-bullying initiative is something that the WWE has embraced but has been largely ignored by other sports organizations. The McMahons have also gone out of the way to offer rehabilitation services for wrestlers who have required such help in the past. Nobody is perfect, but the McMahon family are not the villains that they have portrayed on shows.
2. The McMahon Family is Bad for Wrestling
This misconception has been around since the days of the original Extreme Championship Wrestling organization and the 1990s, and it exists today among some fans who follow only the independent wrestling scene. Like it or not, the McMahon family has been the best thing for North American pro wrestling. Without the McMahons, there may not have been much life in the business after those running World Championship Wrestling destroyed that company. The McMahon family has allowed top-tier performers to make great livings doing what they love when other companies have not been able to do so.
1. The McMahon Family is Crazy
We may laugh and even shake our heads at some of the antics we see from the McMahon family in 2016. Do not assume, though, that those individuals are crazy and have simply fallen into boatloads of money. While Shane ran into some setbacks after he set off on his own, other members of the McMahon family have helped turn the WWE into a multimedia conglomerate and an extremely successful business. The only family that has ever gotten it this right as it pertains to building a wrestling empire has been the McMahon family, and thus that family should be trusted to lead the company through the current century.