Trivia: Vince McMahon

  • Creator Backlash: While Vince McMahon appreciated everything Mick Foley did for his company, he really hated Foley's famous Hell-in-a-Cell-Match from the 1998 King of the Ring. In fact, he mentioned on an episode of "The Monday Night War" on WWE Network that he'd change two things from Attitude Era: The first being Owen Hart for obvious reasons, but the second would be said match from 1998.
  • Doing It for the Art: Agree with the methods or don't, Vince McMahon will do just about anything if he thinks it will make for good television\pay per views, ect. Also, even though they are not critically adored, the film branch of WWE isn't just to enact further control of wrestler affairs, as Kurt Angle hypothesized. Vince Jr really does love movies.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The Montreal Screwjob, oddly enough. With Vince being caught on camera yelling at the ref to ring the bell, there was no way to pretend it didn't happen in kayfabe. Having made himself into a villain, Vince ran with it and created the "Mr. McMahon" character.
    • During his late 1998 angle with Mick Foley, Vince explicitly told Mick not to tell him what he was planning to do in their bits and that Vince would just react naturally to the stupidity. It led to some of the funniest bits ever on WWE programming.
    • At the 2005 Royal Rumble, he rushed to the ring to restart the main event after John Cena and Batista eliminated each other. In the process of entering the ring, he tore both his quads. He had to do his part sitting in a corner of the ring in excruciating pain.
  • Executive Meddling: If the stories are to be believed, then Vincent Kennedy McMahon is the undisputed king of this trope. Don't be fooled by the fact that there are "writers" and "producers" involved in WWE storylines. If Vince McMahon likes it, it's brilliant! Small comfort.
    • Paul Heyman was originally brought in as a sounding board to help motivate WWE to think outside the box. By Paul E's own admission, his contrarian positions "wore thin" quickly and he was packed off to a smaller compartment in the company.
    • For years, Vince has taken a direct and personal hand in WWF/E booking, with extremely mixed results. Sometimes the results are great, such as when he kept Vince Russo in check during the Monday Night Wars and turned the then-floundering WWF around. And then there are the results that don't work, like the whole Katie Vick angle.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Most people associate the "Mr. McMahon" character with him post-Montreal, but he actually played a sort of prototype of this character in a crossover with the United States Wrestling Associationnote  on USWA television.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Even if the territories had stood together when they really needed to, it's doubtful anyone could have anticipated an industry figure achieving the the success of McMahon Jr still publicly break kayfabe in order to reduce operating costs, such as the infamous New Jersey tax case of 1989.
  • Old Shame: Vince reacts badly when people mention the XFL, the World Bodybuilder Federation, And "Stand Back!"
  • Promoted Fanboy: He's acknowledged that, growing up, his favorite wrestler was Dr. Jerry Graham.
  • Written By Cast Member: During his days as an on-screen character, it was clear that he was doing everything he could to have storylines revolve around him. Now that he's no longer an onscreen personality, there are people who speculate he's living vicariously through John Cena's character…which explains a lot about Cena's booking, truthfully.