Vince McMahon

Wrestling's mucho macho man

Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life personalities and soap-opera style plots (in which “Mr. McMahon” himself often took part). Competitor World Championship Wrestling posited a challenge to McMahon’s dominance in the mid-’90s, but McMahon bought out the company in 2001 and imported many of its stars into the newly branded World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE has since become an empire of pro wrestling, with TV rights (both syndicated and pay-per-view), licensing, music tie-ins and live shows staged as far away as Tokyo’s Budokan Arena generating more than $400 million in revenues last year.

More Scene

  • global women's rights awards

    Nina Shaw, Laura Dern Stress Importance of Intersectionality in Time’s Up Movement

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • 'A Kid Like Jake' film premiere

    'A Kid Like Jake': Jim Parsons, Claire Danes Talk Making 'Honest' and 'Relatable' Story About Young Trans Identity

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • 'The Tale' FYC event

    Laura Dern on Impact of 'The Tale' During #MeToo: 'There Is Restorative Justice Here'

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:

    'Stranger Things' Team Offers Glimpses Into Season 3 at Netflix FYSee

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • 'Pose' TV show premiere

    Ryan Murphy Wants 'Pose' to Be 'Uplifting' for LGBTQ Community in Trump Era

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • Miguel Santos, Jeannie Mai, Kulap Vilaysack,

    Veena Sud on Increasing Asian-American Representation in Hollywood: 'This Has to Be a Movement'

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

  • "Wild Wild Country" Netflix FYSee

    'Wild Wild Country': Ma Anand Sheela Talks New Online Support and Criticism After Netflix Docuseries

    Never underestimate the appeal of huge men in Speedos pretending to fight. Vince McMahon never has. From the moment he inherited control of the World Wrestling Federation from his father in 1984, McMahon has been tireless in seeking ways to strengthen wrestling’s chokehold on its demographic, developing the sport into an all-encompassing spectacle, introducing larger-than-life […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content