Throughout his run as the chairman of the WWE, Vince McMahon has seen his fair share of ups and downs. Former wrestlers have either loved McMahon like a father, or despised the way he did business with them.
Despite some of the displeasures, McMahon has managed to keep a close relationship with a lot of wrestlers which include The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and his son in law Triple H, just to name a few.
With good relationships also comes some pretty bad ones, and this article will take a look at 13 of these situations. Some are still a part of the company today (believe it or not), while others are long gone and will most probably never be seen or heard of again. Though when it comes to Vince, one thing’s for sure, never say never. Let’s now begin to a look at who these wrestlers are.
13) Tyler Breeze
If Vince doesn’t like you, it’s only a matter of time before you start to slide down the pecking order. It’s no secret, Triple H was very high on Breeze’s wrestling ability and gimmick. Unfortunately for Tyler, after a promising start on the main roster he is now slowly beginning to fade. Word backstage was that McMahon gave the gimmick a chance but at the end of the day, he still hates the package that Breeze has brought to the main roster. This has lead Breeze to dropping the virtual selfie stick, losing his manager Summer Rae and losing matches every week as of late. Just recently, Breeze lost both live event match-ups. It seems like Vince has already lost complete faith and interest in this gimmick. It’s going be interesting to see how this plays out in the upcoming months. Poor Tyler.
Bribery, fighting and time in court sum up the relationship between Vince McMahon and former WWE wrestler Nailz. The situation all started after Nailz fought his match against Virgil at SummerSlam. Nailz received a $9,000 check following his short Summerslam match-up. Apparently Nailz wasn’t too happy with his pay so he decided to pay the boss a visit. Nailz barged into McMahon’s office asking for more money, where he later chocked McMahon when he declined to do so. Thankfully, other wrestlers and employees ran in and stopped the encounter before things could get worse. After this altercation, Nailz was released. He later appeared in court against McMahon during the steroid case claiming that Vince was in fact giving out illegal steroids to his employees. The charges were later dropped and Nailz was once again on the losing side of things.
During an interview earlier this year Goldberg made it clear, Vince McMahon and Triple H simply don’t like him. Goldberg went on to discuss how Vince had disdain for him because he wasn’t one of their boys and that he wasn’t a team player. Goldberg went on to say that he regrets joining the WWE for that period of time. According to sources, McMahon just really never bought into Goldberg’s gimmick. What made things worse was Goldberg’s inability and unwillingness to put other wrestlers over even at the WWE level. According to rumors this infuriated McMahon. It remains to be seen if Goldberg will ever be brought back and inducted in the Hall of Fame.
10) Rob Van Dam
Van Dam and Vince had a rocky relationship during their time working together. Problems began to emerge after RVD turned down a tour which was set to take place for the troops in Iraq. Van Dam told Vince he was looking forward to that time as a chance to finally relax during Christmas. Vince would tell Rob that this would be the best experience of his life and that he had to go. Following their encounter, Van Dam was so upset that he claimed to have wanted to “fight” McMahon. Van Dam later spoke to the head of talent relation John Laurinaitis, and explained to him that he was not going no matter what. Van Dam ended up getting his way and did not go on the trip. RVD has said that if the problem would have furthered, he would have fought Vince and left the company. The two are said to have a very “rocky” relationship till this day.
9) The Headbangers
The Attitude Era had some of the most revolutionary storylines in wrestling history. But, at the same time, this era produced a lot of bad gimmicks as well. Mosh discussed that once you’re out the door, Vince slams the door shut on your face. Once it was deemed that the Headbangers would not be resigned, McMahon didn’t give the duo the time of day and just let their contracts expire with minimal contact with the team. Mosh describes Vince as being a ruthless human, one that one day will be your best friend and the next day, just disregard you. Doubtful that we’ll ever see this pair in the Hall of Fame.
8) The Road Warriors
According to Hawk, Vince had a vendetta against the duo during their second run with the company. These allegations were not the first time former wrestlers claimed that McMahon had a vendetta against them. Hawk claimed Vince’s problem was that the tag team was too “vocal” backstage with the other talent, especially when things weren’t to their liking. McMahon allegedly made their second stint with the company a disaster on purpose.
Despite all these issues in the past, everything was put aside when the duo was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Animal’s speech was very emotional talking about his partner Hawk, who sadly passed away in 2003. As you will see in other entries, it’s not the first time, nor will it be the last time, that Vince patches things up with a long time foe.
7) Bruno Sammartino
With Vince taking the company in a new direction, things fell apart between him and his father’s long time go-to guy Bruno Sammartino. Bruno was not only furious with the direction that the company was going but he was also displeased with McMahon’s emphasis on physiques. Sammartino blamed Vince for the drug use in the WWE. As you can imagine, McMahon wasn’t very pleased with these comments and allegations. It took the help of Triple H to finally get these two together in 2013. In that same year, Sammartino was finally inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame. Bruno agreed to induction because of the WWE’s new family friendly program.
6) Jeff Jarrett
I’m pretty sure Vince still hates this guy years after this event took place. McMahon really paid the price after forgetting that Jarrett’s contract had expired. What made matters worse was the fact that Double J was the Intercontinental Champion at the time of his contract expiration. McMahon would try to plead with Jarrett on the appearance. Despite Vince’s attempts, Jeff refused to show up unless he was paid $300,000 for the one match. McMahon was basically backed into a wall, because had he not agreed to this outrageous deal, not only would Jarrett have not shown up to the event but Jeff would have gone to Nitro and brought the title with him. Jarrett’s ridiculous proposal was accepted; he showed up for the one appearance and dropped the title to Chyna.
Many rumors claim that Jarrett and Vince Russo purposely extorted McMahon together, extending Jarrett’s title reign for the money. Pretty sure we’ll never see Jeff inducted into the Hall of Fame after this situation.
5) The Ultimate Warrior
Thankfully, these two were able to make up just before the Warrior’s passing. Things got messy with Vince and his franchise player when Warrior demanded for more money in 1991. Warrior wrote a hand written letter telling Vince that he deserved more money. According to rumors, Warrior asked McMahon for an extra $500,000 or he would not attend SummerSlam. Shockingly, McMahon agreed to Warrior’s insane requests. Only 2 months after agreeing to these conditions, Warrior was suspended by Vince for breach of contract. Warrior would end up quitting the company the very next day. He would return in 1992 and 1996, before finally leaving the company for good.
4) Randy Savage
As a big fan of the Macho Man, I would have wished that things would have gotten better between these two before the Macho Man’s passing. Despite never really resolving their issues, Macho Man was inducted into the Hall of Fame after his passing.
Problems between McMahon and Randy Savage arose after the Macho Man joined WCW, something he promised Vince he was never going to do. According to other rumors, McMahon never forgave Macho Man for sleeping with his daughter Stephanie, who was underage at the time. We’ll never know exactly what happened, but it was nice to see Macho Man get the farewell he deserved by the WWE.
Chyna is still feeling the effects of this broken down relationship to this day. Chyna has tried to speak to Vince for a possible comeback for quite some time now. The WWE continuously sends Chyna emails or faxes thanking her, but that they are not interested at the moment.
The situation between the two got very rocky after Chyna found out about Hunter’s affair with Stephanie McMahon. After finding out, Chyna contacted Vince McMahon immediately to tell him about the situation, which Vince would respond with, “well I guess the jig is up”. Chyna would show up to work on Monday in tears from the situation, and Vince would go on to tell her to go home and that they would work on a new contract. When Chyna got home, she received a fax indicating that they did not need her anymore. In 2012, Chyna responded to Vince with a series of Tweets, posting things like, “you are a loser”, “an abuser”. Chyna also went as far as challenging Vince to a fight through Twitter.
Putting everything between these two aside, Chyna most certainly deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame for all her work with the WWE. She revolutionized the Women’s Division. It’ll be interesting to see how this situation will play out.
2) Daniel Bryan
Problems with McMahon and Bryan began to emerge during an episode of RAW in 2013. Vince was very displeased with the crowd reaction Daniel Bryan was getting while Triple H was cutting a promo. Vince never bought into Bryan’s gimmick or look, so this factor made him very upset. After refusing to put Bryan in WrestleMania’s main event, fans were outraged and let Vince know. McMahon was finally forced into adding Bryan into the main event match, a match he would go on to win. The controversy didn’t stop there. Fans were once again extremely upset when Bryan was eliminated during the Royal Rumble in 2015. Fans were so upset that the hashtag #canceltheWWENetwork was trending following the PPV. This time however, Vince didn’t budge.
According to Bryan, things have gotten better between the two. Although, Bryan admits he’s sure Vince doesn’t want to see him main event another WrestleMania match. Bryan stated that Vince doesn’t see him in the same light as a Cena or a Reigns. In addition to this, McMahon still hasn’t given Bryan the green light to return despite his medical clearance from doctors. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out between the two.
1) CM Punk
Vince McMahon was furious with CM Punk following his shoot interview on Colt Cabana’s podcast. CM Punk not only called out the WWE’s product, but made some major allegations regarding the WWE’s medical staff and personnel.
Vince was also very upset with the way Punk left the WWE. McMahon pleaded with Punk to stay, but ultimately that wasn’t enough. Punk claims that to get back at him, Vince sent him his release papers purposely on the day of his wedding. McMahon called it coincidence and apologized for the error. Despite their differences, I have no doubt that McMahon would welcome Punk back with open arms following his stint with the UFC.