Casual World Wrestling Entertainment viewers know Stephanie McMahon as the daughter of WWE boss Vince McMahon, the storyline and real-life wife of all-time great wrestler Triple H and also part of the heel group “The Authority.” It is hard to imagine the WWE without a McMahon on television, and that likely will not be a concern for at least decades to come. The woman who started out as a background character and part of a story with The Undertaker back in the late 1990s is now front and center on programs on WWE Raw on a weekly basis, and she also serves as one of the executives of the company.
Her father has a reputation among those in the wrestling world for being one of the hardest-working men in the entertainment industry, and Stephanie has done well to take after Vince in that aspect. Along with her duties behind the scenes, McMahon is an on-air talent for WWE, and she is also a mother of three daughters. Despite a hectic schedule that includes traveling around the United States, McMahon has also kept herself in phenomenal shape, so much so that she has served as the key woman in a training video that was released by WWE. That right there is one thing you may not have known about her.
One thing that McMahon does not receive enough credit for from fans and observers is how she has improved as a television character since making her debut. Once somebody who had what is known in wrestling as “go away heat,” McMahon plays the role of a heel boss about as well as anybody could ask from her, bringing memories of when her father would feud with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to mind. Outside of her TV appearances, McMahon and her husband have been tasked with leading the WWE into the future. The success of the company is in their hands. No pressure, guys.
10. She is a fitness model
Triple H has a long history with bodybuilding and with staying in top physical shape even though he is no longer an active wrestler, and thus it is little surprise that McMahon has followed suit and embraced being heavily active in the fitness world. One wouldn’t know that she was a mother of three children upon seeing McMahon, who has, along with her husband, been featured in workout magazine spreads. McMahon and Triple H have both been part of the WWE Workout Series home video releases, which feature the two as trainers as the two are outside of their WWE on-air characters.
9. Her children’s names
Stephanie and Paul, the latter being the real-life first name of Triple H, are rather plain and even bland first names. The couple elected to go a different route when naming their daughters. Aurora Rose was born in July of 2006. Murphy Claire entered the world almost exactly two years after Aurora was born. Vaughn Evelyn was born in August of 2010. It is not yet known if any of those kids will at some point down the road enter the wrestling world, but they would have two good mentors to look up to if they chose that life in the future.
8. She started as a WWF model
Before McMahon worked as an executive in the WWE, she served as a model for World Wrestling Federation catalogs during her teenage years. A quick Internet search will allow you to find pictures of a young McMahon sporting WWF hats and t-shirts, including a famous one of her wearing a “Rockers” shirt that is about as 1980s as you are going to get. McMahon was not named in those magazines, and thus those who did not know what she looked like years before the Internet was invented had no idea that they were seeing a future wrestling executive in those magazines.
7. She was not always respected
McMahon’s on-air abilities were not always what they are today, and that reality was pointed out by experts at the time. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer named McMahon the Worst Non-Wrestling Personality every year from 2001 through 2003, when McMahon served as the storyline owners of Extreme Championship Wrestling and later as the storyline general manager of SmackDown. Those were admittedly not her finest days on WWE television, even though the SmackDown product was much better than was Raw at the time. Watching her perform now while remembering her back in the day is fascinating as it pertains to her overall improvement.
6. She was a champion
Those who grew up watching the WWF during the so-called “Attitude Era” may remember this fact, but younger fans likely do not, without looking it up, know that McMahon is a one-time WWF Women’s Champion. While it seems, on paper, to be a case of favoritism – the boss’s daughter who was not, at the time, fully trained as a pro wrestler being booked to be a champion – the storyline actually made perfect sense. McMahon and Triple H were in the leading heel group in the company for a time as the key players in the “McMahon-Helmsley Era,” and both holding championships was logical storytelling.
5. She’s Powerful
McMahon’s power plays out on television with her involvement in “The Authority,” but she has also legitimately been recognized for her work in promoting and growing the WWE brand. Cable magazine has named McMahon one of the most powerful women in cable television every year from 2009 up through 2014, and she likely will not be going anywhere off of that list anytime soon. Raw remains one of the most-watched programs on cable television, and ratings for the program have, minus occasional blips on the radar, remained steady. Her advice on how to be successful: “You will be successful in whatever line of work you chose if you are passionate about what you do. Do what you love, never give up, and work hard.”
4. She’s an Eisenhower USA Fellow
McMahon is where she is today because of her last name and because of who her father is, but she has also become a well-respected businesswomen who has, through her hard work and her dedication to the business behind the scenes, earned numerous honors. She was one of nine United States leaders to be selected as a 2015 Eisenhower USA Fellow in October of 2014, and part of that duty involves McMahon and others traveling all around the world to learn about the business implications in different regions. All indications are that the business side of the WWE is in good hands with the younger McMahon leading the way.
3. She helped create Connor’s Cure
Connor Michalek was a young WWE fan battling cancer when he was able to meet his wrestling heroes at an event. Michalek sadly lost his battle to the disease, and McMahon and Triple H honored the eight-year old by creating “Connor’s Cure.” That organization “provides funds for pediatric brain and spinal cancer research, and medical care for children and their families.” WWE will also be remembering Michalek at the 2015 Hall of Fame ceremony that will occur the night before WrestleMania 31 when the company will posthumously award him with the inaugural “Warrior Award,” one named after former performer The Ultimate Warrior.
2. Chyna broke the secret
Triple H and McMahon were not actually a couple when WWE creative elected to marry the two in a storyline that ultimately resulted in McMahon turning on her father. They hit it off when behind the scenes, however, and they began dating even though their real-life relationship was not flaunted in the public eye. It was Joanie Laurer, more known as “Chyna” for her days in the WWF, who revealed during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show that her former boyfriend was dating the daughter of Vince McMahon. Whether or not that relationship played a part in Chyna departing from the company may never actually be known.
1. The Incest Angle
There are pro wrestling storylines that are sleazy and downright disgusting. This is one that, thanks to McMahon, never saw the light of day outside of conversations that were had behind closed doors. The idea was that Stephanie would announce during a WWE program that she was pregnant, only for it to be learned that Vince was the father of her baby. When that notion was shot down by Stephanie, it was suggested to her that her brother Shane could play the role of the baby’s dad. She also thankfully had none of that, and the potential story that would have made headlines was killed.
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