Vince McMahon, the founder of sports entertainment, will be returning to television next week. It was announced last night that Vince's popular character Mr. McMahon will be on hand at the special 3 hour edition of WWE Raw to evaluate the job performance of General Manager John Laurinaitis. The character hasn't been on television for several months. In celebration of Mr. McMahon's return to TV, here is a list of his greatest moments of all time.
Stone Cold Stunner
Pro wrestling's version of the shot heard around the world. In 1998, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin finally gave his boss a "Stone Cold Stunner." The maneuver was in response to McMahon telling Austin he had to be a corporate champion. The anti-establishment rebelled against McMahon and his stooges. The feud catapulted the WWE to new levels, and was the leading force behind the popular Attitude Era.
Head to Head with Hogan
At Wrestlemania 19, the two men who took wrestling from a regional business to a worldwide enterprise, locked horns in the ring for the first time ever. Although both men were a lot older and skills were diminished, Hogan and McMahon pulled out a very entertaining and brutal match. At one point, Vince McMahon climbed to the top of a ladder and dropped a leg drop on the prone Hulk Hogan, who was collapsed on a table. The mighty Hulkster went on to defeat the evil McMahon.
Victory is Sweet
Vince McMahon had a lot to be excited about in March 2001, when he finally conquered his biggest rival, Ted Turner and World Championship Wrestling. This was the company that, for two years, drove the WWE into the ground. In the mid 90s, WCW was raking in millions of dollars, while WWE floundered and lost money hand over fist. But, McMahon persevered and bought the company for a minuscule five million dollars.
Some may argue that such a double-cross could never be considered great. But great doesn't always mean good. And depending on which side of the fence you sit on, you may see the Montreal Screwjob as a necessity. In 1997, Vince McMahon decided to legitimately double cross Bret Hart during a match with Shawn Michaels. The original match plan called for a disqualification finish. But when Michaels grabbed Hart in the Sharpshooter submission hold, the unconscious ref immediately got up and called for the bell. Afterwards, all hell broke loose. It was one of the most controversial moments in wrestling history.
McMahon has been busier than normal lately, trying hard to launch the WWE Network. In addition, at the age of 66, McMahon knows he won't be able to continue the wrestling grind much longer. In the last several years, McMahon has been grooming his successors Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Though doubtful this will be his last hoorah, moments like these won't be around for much longer. Mr. McMahon was a vital character for the resurgence of WWE, and a character we'll all miss the moment he's gone.
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