With great success comes some great failures. In 1980, Vince McMahon made his biggest purchase ever acquiring the WWE. He would later turn this pro wrestling company into something people had never seen before, basing his product on a new sports and entertainment outlook. Later on, with the addition of Hulk Hogan, McMahon took the wrestling world by storm and forever changed the wrestling business.
With this great success came some epic hardships. His first major hardship took place in 1993 when McMahon was indicted in federal court for illegal distribution of steroids. Vince risked the possibility of being put away for 25-30 years. Ultimately, the charges were dropped and McMahon was acquitted of all charges. This would turn to be one of the many speed bumps McMahon would face along the way. Let’s now take a look at 13 other epic Vince McMahon failures. Enjoy!
13 World Bodybuilding Federation
12 Buying A Hockey Team
11 Killing Off His Character
Never one to shy away from controversy, McMahon somehow thought it would be a good idea to kill off his character with his limousine exploding during an episode of RAW. McMahon went as far as paying homage to his fake death over the course of the week. Networks like CNBC needed to be warned by the WWE that this in fact was only a work.
10 Size, Size and More Size
9 Daniel Bryan Losing The Rumble
Sometimes you just have to listen to the WWE universe. Fans demanded Daniel Bryan win the Rumble following his long awaited comeback. The Philly crowd was furious when Bryan was eliminated mid-way through the match. The fans booed the rest of the Royal Rumble match in disgust. Reigns was absolutely booed out of the building, in large part due to the fact that Bryan didn’t win, as opposed to hate towards him.
8 Celebrity Cameos
7 The Divas Division
6 Outdated Product View
5 WWE Tough Enough
4 3 hour RAW
3 Too Much Entertainment, Not Enough Wrestling
2 The PG Era
1 The XFL
It simply does not get any worse than this. I have to admit first of all, it takes a great amount of 'you know what' to try and compete with the NFL, but ultimately, Vince failed miserably trying to run his own pro sports league. After debuting in February 2001, it was quickly evident that the league wasn’t going to work because they weren’t able to gather enough publicity. After only one season, the XFL closed its doors. The league will forever be remembered as one of the biggest flops in history. It was reported that the WWE and NBC each lost over $35 million. Thankfully, the league didn’t go any further after its first failed year. This will forever be regarded as not only one of Vince’s biggest failures, but one of the biggest failed sporting ventures in history.
Sources: youtube.com, thesportster.com, bleacherreport.com, fastcompany.com
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