Wrestling fans can be a hopeful, imaginative, and creative bunch, who more so than fans of almost any other medium in the world love to speculate about what their preferred entertainment is going to try next. As fantasy booking on Twitter and various wrestling Podcasts will immediately prove, fans can sometimes be unrealistic in their expectations on what might or even can happen in WWE, but three simple words justify whatever seemingly impossible scenarios fans are able to draw up: never say never.
WWE CEO Vince McMahon is a cold and calculating businessman, but he has never been one to let personal problems get in the way of making money. More than a few wrestlers have done things that seemingly would banish them from the sports entertainment industry altogether, only to turn around and be welcomed back by Vince with open arms after little more than a few years of forgiving and forgetting. Whether any of these instances were true cases of forgiveness or merely Vince realizing there was more money to be made by looking the other way is up for debate, but there’s no denying acts of contrition were made on both sides in every case. Keep reading to learn about the 15 most surprising actions for which Vince McMahon forgave his employees.
15 He Forgave Pat Patterson For The 1992 Sex Scandal
14 He Forgave Bruno Sammartino For Years Of Negativity
13 He Forgave Christian For Jumping To TNA
12 He Forgave Kevin Nash and Scott Hall For Jumping To WCW
11 He Forgave Hulk Hogan For Jumping To WCW
10 He Forgave Goldust For Countless Negative Comments
9 He Forgave Alundra Blayze For Trashing His Belt
8 He Forgave Sable For Suing Him
7 He Forgave Alberto Del Rio For Slapping A Website Employee
6 He Forgave Jake Roberts For Drug and Personal Problems
5 He Forgave Steve Austin For Walking Out On WWE
4 He Forgave "Superstar" Billy Graham For Slander
3 He Forgave Jerry Lawler For Suing Him
2 He Forgave The Ultimate Warrior For Suing Him
1 He Forgave Eric Bischoff For Trying To Put Him Out Of Business
With this one exception, every wrestler on this list made Vince McMahon a lot of money before they did anything to upset him. In most cases, the fact they stopped making money for him is a big part of what upset Vince and made it so shocking he forgave them. Eric Bischoff is a special case, in that he and Vince had absolutely no relationship to speak of prior to Eric deciding of his own volition to become Vince McMahon’s biggest enemy, and for a brief while, the one man who might’ve actually taken Vince down. Bischoff was the Executive Vice President of WCW during the Monday Night Wars, and his stated goal was to put WWE out of business and allow WCW to take over. He failed, but even more shocking than the fact he came close to succeeding was the fact Vince seemingly completely forgave Eric for his actions just slightly more than after a year the war was over. Bischoff debuted on Raw in July of 2002 to hug McMahon and prove once and for all those three little words: never say never.
Sources: WWE, Wikipedia
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