Like James Brown and B.B. King before him, Vince McMahon paid the cost to be the boss. While turning his father’s World Wide Wrestling Federation into the global sports entertainment empire WWE, the company’s CEO and owner Vince McMahon has made his share of enemies along the way. Although the majority of American professional wrestlers to achieve major success in the past half century have McMahon to thank (and vice versa), a select few have gone the exact opposite route, blaming the WWE figurehead for a cadre of both direct and systemic problems with WWE and the wrestling industry in general.
A few of these complaints are obviously the cries of people with failed careers, possibly drugged up fever dreams of people who let success go to their heads. Others were wildly successful, with or without McMahon, and may have legitimate complaints to lobby against Vince considering their track records. Not that the nobodies' complaints should be immediately ignored—it can be hard to say what’s really real in the human circus of professional wrestling. Vince has done his share of regrettable business deals and there are a few things he’s responsible for he might prefer we’d forget. Read on to find out which past and present employees call him out on it the most.
15 Kamala - Accused WWE Of Racism
14 Bret Hart Says What We Already Knew
13 Goldust Says He's A Prick
12 Josh Mathews Says What Lots of Fans Think
11 Goldberg Says Vince Killed Goldberg Gimmick
10 Beaver Cleavage Says He's A Jerk
9 Chyna Says If They Only Knew
8 The Road Warriors - Vince Gave Shawn Michaels Preferred Treatment
7 Jim Ross's Professional Diss
6 Mr. Kennedy Said It Was A Tug of War
5 Bruno Sammartino Says Vince Is Too Risqué
Bruno Sammartino is a two-time WWE World Champion and holds the record for the longest tenure ever with the title. Despite the fact his first title reign began in 1963, Bruno wasn’t inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame until 2013, and his differences with Vince McMahon until then were well known to the public. Sammartino left WWE in 1988, disparaging what he saw as rampant drug and steroid use in the locker room. He even debated Vince on the issue during an episode of Larry King Live in 1992. Sammartino repeatedly turned down offers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame over the ensuing years, citing his previous complaints and adding that Steve Austin’s character promoted alcoholism, not to mention Sammartino was disgusted by the time Triple H humped a corpse (so were we).
4 Jamie Dundee Says Vince Killed Wrestling
3 The Ultimate Warriors Says Vince Doesn't Respect Him
2 Billy Jack Haynes Says So, So Much
We’ve covered it before, but it absolutely bears repeating: Billy Jack Haynes is insane. A mid-level performing wrestler in the mid 80’s, Haynes quickly faded into irrelevance after leaving WWE in 1988, attempting to start his own unsuccessful promotion before retiring in 1996. Over the course of the next few decades, he would make exponentially outlandish accusations primarily focused on his belief Vince McMahon is systematically murdering everyone who has ever worked for him.
1 Nailz Says Vince Molested Him
Plenty of the people on this list made stuff up about Vince McMahon, but only Nailz, real name Kevin Wacholz, claimed Vince tried to rape him. Nailz didn’t last long in WWE; with the gimmick of an ex-con, he debuted in 1992 to feud with the Big Bossman. Shortly after arriving, he began to challenge the Undertaker before leaving the company in under a year. Bret Hart and Tito Santana both have recounted stories of the day Wacholz was fired, noting they overheard him physically attacking and choking McMahon in his office.
According to Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch, the way Nailz tells it, he was acting in self-defense after McMahon sexually assaulted him. Two years later, when McMahon was on trial for alleged steroid distribution, Nailz was the only wrestler to testify on behalf of the prosecution, saying Vince encouraged him to take steroids. McMahon would eventually be acquitted anyway. Nailz briefly wrestled for WCW as The Prisoner but was generally blackballed afterwards, most people believing it was far more likely he actually attacked McMahon unprovoked and came up with an outrageous story later on, in order to justify his own actions.
Sources: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Wrestle Zone, PW Torch
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