Vince McMahon: Is the WWE Chairman the most successful failure? Has he achieved everything he set out to accomplish?
Vince McMahon took over the WWE (Then the WWWF) from his ailing father in 1982. He took the wrestling scene by storm and expanded his company throughout the country while putting many promotions out of business. Being the best wrestling mind of his generation however, was not enough for Vince. He wanted more.
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His entire life, Vince McMahon desired to be ‘more than just a wrasslin’ guy.’
He thought he’d caught lightning in a bottle with the wave of Rock N’ Wrestling and what Hulkamania started off as. Junior Vince had taken the company to heights his father and grandfather never achieved. He believed that he had proven he was more than just a wrestling genius.
However, the golden run ran its course. The WWF wasn’t on MTV any longer, the wave was over. Sure, he was the biggest wrestling guy in the country if not the world, but Vincent Kennedy McMahon wanted more. So, he tried once again with the World Bodybuilding Federation. He also marketed the Icopro Bodybuilding supplements; Two fields he felt passionately for. However, he flopped and failed once again.
He had to wait a few years before the Attitude Era captured everyone’s imaginations. He created mega stars in Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock. Apart from these two, he created a generation of wrestlers who would go on to become household names.
This success seduced Vince once again. The WWE chairman set out with great enthusiasm to show that he was more than just a ‘wrestling guy.’
He created the XFL, WWE Studios, WWE music CDs etc. Many endeavours that were either mediocre or major failures. No matter what he does, no matter what he tries, Vince has failed to make it anywhere else but wrestling. He is a billionaire who hates how he’s got his money. He’s done everything to make his life mean something more than just wrestling.
His disdain for wrestling runs so deep that any mention of the word is prohibited in his company. He has attempted to redesign the business and calls it ‘Sports Entertainment’ instead.
He knows he’s too old to do anything about it now. But the WWE Chairman wants to go out kicking. There’s no other explanation as to why he would revive his failed XFL. Vince was an eccentric genius in the 80’s and 90’s who wanted to become so much more than what he was today. His desperation to become more than just a ‘Wrasslin guy’ has made him despise the same business that made him the success he is today. In 2019, Vince McMahon is no longer a genius; Just eccentric and in his head he is the most successful failure because he knows when he dies; he will go down as the greatest ‘Wrasslin guy’ that ever lived…