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
10 Rob Van Dam
9 The Headbangers
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.
7 Bruno Sammartino
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.
5 The Ultimate Warrior
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: bleacherreport.com, pwmania.com, thesportster.com
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