Newsweek – February 7, 2000
By John Leland
On Dec. 13 of last year, the World Wrestling Federation was broadcasting live from Tampa, Fla., and trouble, as they say, was afoot. Baseball legend Wade Boggs was in the house; the nation’s No. 1 author, a man in a leather mask named World Wrestling Federation Mankind, was scheduled to wrestle; the women’s chocolate-pudding match was good to go. Yet all was not right: not for the WWF, not for Vince McMahon, its chairman and mastermind. On the previous week’s broadcast, his real-life daughter, Stephanie, had been “tricked” into marrying his arch nemesis, the wrestler Triple H. Now McMahon was running into the ring with a sledgehammer, out for blood. Stephanie had a surprise for him. She was in love with Triple H, she told him. And further, they were taking control of the company. “Triple H outsmarted you by making business personal. That’s something you know all about.” Continue reading
Galveston County Daily News – December 20, 2001
By Scott Williams
It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum, but the wrestling industry has been making what Ross Perot might call “giant sucking sounds” for months. A couple of would-be players are scrambling to fill the void, but scrambles often turn to stumbles. Continue reading
Posted in 2001
Tagged ECW, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Jimmy Hart, Vince McMahon, Vince Russo, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling All-Stars, World Wrestling Federation, WWF, XWF
Spy – June, 1991
By Irving Muchnick
The grim, borderline-pornographic world of professional bodybuilding – the world that gave us Arnold Schwarzenegger – has been controlled for years by two elderly brothers. Now Vince McMahon, the, uh, brains behind Hulk Hogan’s crossover stardom, is moving in on the brothers’ turf. IRVIN MUCHNICK reports on the pumped-up, steroid-fueled marketing war between the impresarios who make megabucks.
If you have remote control, a cable hookup and way too much free time, you know Vince McMahon. He’s the tuxedoed, shellac-haired, Nautilized emcee of the syndicated program “Superstars of Wrestling,” the USA network’s “Prime Time Wrestling,” and NBC’s “Saturday Night’s Main Event,” all produced under the aegis of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). McMahon’s is an uncharismatic, if he-manly, TV presence; he’s TV wrestling’s Zeppo Marx, looking on, deadpan, while Hulk Hogan and Sergeant Slaughter shove fingers in each other’s faces and pretend to argue. But like Bill Cosby and Merv Griffin, whose on-screen personalities are equally unpresumptuous, McMahon is actually a shrewd, tenacious businessman with a multimillion-dollar empire. TitanSports Inc., his $150-million-a-year company (and the parent company of the WWF), has a brand-new, $9 million office complex in Stamford, Connecticut, complete with state-of-the-art TV-production facilities. In addition to the cable and network shows, there are nightly live wrestling exhibitions and four-times-yearly arena extravaganzas, broadcast over pay-per-view for up to $30 a pop – WrestleMania V, staged in 1989, grossed nearly $21 million. There are WWF videocasssettes, posters, toys, apparel, a WWF Magazine, even WWF ice cream bars, molded in the images of WWF wrestlers. And there are WWF stars who have managed to cross over into more conventional realms: Rowdy Roddy Piper landed the lead in the 1988 movie “They Live”; Jesse “The Body” Ventura was last fall elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; and Hulk Hogan has starred in both feature films (the forthcoming “Suburban Commando” and 1989’s “No Holds Barred”) and a commercial for Right Guard deodorant. Add it all up and you’ve got an entertainment conglomerate of formidable financial might. Continue reading
New York Post – March 8, 2000
By Don Kaplan
A 20/20 profile of pro-wrestling star Mick Foley was the spark that ignited a war between WWF honcho Vince McMahon and the makers of a new wrestling film called Beyond the Mat.
The day after the 20/20 piece aired, McMahon accused Beyond the Mat distributor Lions Gate Films of using the ABC newsmagazine to promote the movie. Continue reading
The Ledger – February 1, 2002
By Matt Tracker/Gregory Dickens
The WWF continues its run of no-nonsense serial drama, and why not – wrestling is a TV entity nowadays. As much as people may decry the label of “male soap opera,” let’s be frank, it is just that.
Vince McMahon, Victor Numan. They ain’t that different. They’re the same type of characters: super-rich, dressed to the nines, larger-than-life and wielding significant power. And, of course, both overact like you wouldn’t believe. Continue reading
Posted in 2002
Tagged Big Show, Hulk Hogan, Kane, Kevin Nash, New World Order, nWo, Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Federation, WWF, X-Pac
Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton
For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.
Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading
Posted in 1999
Tagged Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Bam Bam Bigelow, Big Bossman, Bill Goldberg, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, Brian Knobbs, Buff Bagwell, Buh Buh Ray Dudley, Cactus Jack, Chris Candido, Chris Chetti, Chris Jericho, Chyna, Dan Severn, Danny Doring, Dean Malenko, Dennis Knight, Devon Dudley, Disciple, Doink the Clown, Dudley Boys, Dusty Rhodes, ECW, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Extreme Championship Wrestling, F.B.I., Gangrel, Gillberg, Godfather, Goldust, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Brisco, Jesse James, John Kronus, Justin Credible, Kane, Lance Storm, Mankind, Mark Henry, Mick Foley, New Age Outlaws, New Jack, Nova, One Man Gang, Owen Hart, Pat Patterson, Paul Heyman, Perry Saturn, Public Enemy, Roadkill, Rob Van Dam, Rod Price, Rural American Wrestling, Savio Vega, Scott Hall, Shane Douglas, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Sid Vicious, Spike Dudley, Steve Austin, Steve Blackman, Steve Williams, Sting, Sunny, Super Crazy, Tammy Lynn Sytch, Tatanka, Taz, Terry Funk, Terry Taylor, Test, The Rock, Tiger Ali Singh, Tommy Dreamer, Triple H, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, Vader, Vince McMahon, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, Wrath, WWF, Yoshihiro Tajiri
Charleston Post and Courier – November 4, 2001
By Mike Mooneyham
While family feuds are certainly not new to professional wrestling, the latest one to make headlines is quite unique.
This feud is a legitimate, behind-the-scenes war of words that actually involves three of wrestling’s most famous families and was sparked by comments made by former NWA world champion Jack Brisco during a recent Internet chat. Continue reading
USA Today – September 5, 2001
By Jim Hopkins
LOS ANGELES — They are the king and queen of smackdown, but have they met their match?
Vince and Linda McMahon founded World Wrestling Federation Entertainment 20 years ago, turning a small-fry business into cable TV’s No. 1 draw. More than 20 million people worldwide watch the company’s shows weekly at packed stadiums and on TV. Continue reading
Charlotte Observer – June 10, 2000
By Ken Garfield, Religion Editor
Some people might find the descriptions below offensive. But to understand the popular world of professional wrestling, we believe you need to understand exactly what children are cheering on in arenas and on television. Continue reading
Posted in 2000
Tagged Big Show, Chyna, Edge, Godfather, Hardy Boyz, Jess James, Rikishi, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin, T&A, Triple H, Trish Stratus, Undertaker, Val Venis, Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
Westchester County Weekly – August 2, 2001
By Chris Kanaracus
Vince McMahon, Connecticut’s most colorful billionaire, and promoter/owner of the phenomenally successful World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc., generally comes across as larger than life. Not tonight, though, on the July 12 broadcast of UPN’s “WWF Smackdown!” Continue reading