Aside from cartoons and Pokemon, our childhood was pretty much dominated by WWE, in other words, wrestling. Unhealthy as it may seem, we spent hours watching men or women tackle themselves for the little metal belt. For us, it did not hold much importance. However, it was much more than that, a billion dollars franchise. And the man behind such a large business was none other than Vince McMahon.
For those who don’t know, Vince is an American professional wrestling promoter and businessman who has billions of dollars companies under his name. But we know him mostly as the announcer of WWE.
Today we are going to give more details behind the man who made WWE into a global phenomenon.
Vince McMahon Quick Facts
|Vincent Kennedy McMahon
|August 24, 1945
|Pinehurst, North Carolina, US
|East Carolina University
|6 feet 1 inch(185 cm)
|Wrestling Promoter, American Football Executive, Businessman
Vince McMahon’ Age and Body Measurements
The professional wrestler promoter and the man who made the WWE global phenomenon, Vince was born on August 24, 1945. Already 74 years old, McMahon is still active as if in his prime years.
Thanks to his background in wrestling, the former wrestler is still healthy and physically sound. At the height of 6 feet 1 inch(185 cm), McMahon weighs at 240 lbs, i.e., 109 kgs.
With only 5% fat present in his body, it seems he is not ready to trade his body for a rocking chair. Well, we expect nothing less from Mr. McMahon himself.
Professional Career: Mr. McMahon or Mc Genius
Mr. McMahon is involved in different fields; however, he is best known as the announcer of the WWE. Since his debut as an in-ring announcer of WWWF’s All-Star Wrestling in 1969, Vince has been doing the job steadily.
Many might not know this, but Vince is more than just an announcer. In fact, he is the one who pursued his father, the then promoter of WWE, to rename the company to the World Wrestling Federation(WWF).
As if that’s not impressive enough, young Vince was the one behind Muhammad Ali versus the Antonio Inoki match of 1976. He was also the one who made WWE a global franchise and phenomenon that it is today.
However, it was not an easy feat for the young promoter. Despite many obstacles, the man with the idea started promoting the company internationally while expanding it at the same time.
Soon, he hired Hulk Hogan and incorporated the music stars into the wrestling storyline. (Cue the opening of WWE by Nickelback) Likewise, the show was heavily promoted on MTV programming in the hope of reaching out to family audiences.
And How do you know the strategy worked? By streaming the events live on pay-per-view television, he attracted fans of various demographics, especially those who have never bat an eye to pro wrestling.
Furthermore, with the strategy in full swing, WWE drew the record-breaking 93,173 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania II. The event featured the main event match between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.
Vince McMahon Rise To Prominence, Billion-Dollar Empire
After his plans began falling to place, Vince got more creative and strategic towards the business. Just from judging the fanbase, he redirected the storylines towards a more adult-oriented model.
Along the way, Vince also earned the nicknames like ‘The Genetic Jackhammer,’ ‘The Higher Power,’ and ‘Vinnie Mac’ after winning ECW World Championship, WWF Championship, and Royal Rumble, each one time.
However, with fame, he got the name as ‘Evil Mr. McMahon‘ when he was found to be involved in WWF storylines and starting a feud with Steve Austin, aka Stone Cold. Despite all that, WWF found itself in the middle of national pop-culture.
As a result, it drew millions of viewers for its weekly Monday Night Raw broadcasts and even ranked the highest-rated shows on cable television.
Moreover, the show has reached over 800 million homes globally, dubbed in almost 25 languages. Also, it is available in more than 180 countries in the world.
What Does XFL Stand For?
Aside from being a wrestling promoter, Vince has also ventured outside the four corner rings. In 2000, the professional developer launched XFL, a professional American football league.
The successor of the original XFL league follows a similar structure as its original one. Consisting of eight teams spreading all across the states, the teams compete in a ten-game season and a two-week postseason in the winter and spring months after the Super Bowl.
Unfortunately, the previous XFL wrapped up after only one season due to poor television ratings. Many would have given up, but not everyone is McMahon. He persisted on the show and, on January 25, 2018, announced the resurrection of the XFL.
Vince McMahon Wife and Personal Life
Vince may be many things to the world, an evil man, a genius promoter, or money-hungry savant, but to his family, he is nothing more than a loving husband and father.
Similarly, Vince is married to his wife, Linda McMahon, who is a former professional wrestling executive. Also, she served as the 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration from 2017 to 2019.
Likewise, their love did not happen in a day. In fact, the two have known each other since childhood. Vince was 16, and Linda was 13 when they met for the first time. The lovey-dovey couple tied the knot in 1966 and has been together ever since.
From their marriage, they have two beautiful children who have grown up to be a capable professional themselves. Vince’s daughter, Stephanie, is a Chief Brand Officer of WWE and the WWE Raw Brand commissioner. At the same time, his son, Shane, is a minority owner of WWE and the commissioner of WWE SmackDown Live.
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