Wrestling: Stephanie McMahon
The Billion-Dollar PrincessStephanie McMahon Levesque
(née Stephanie Marie McMahon) is certified pro-wrestling royalty. The daughter of promoter Vince McMahon
and granddaughter of WWF/WWE founder Vince McMahon Sr., Stephanie has worked in the wrestling business since she was a teenager answering phones at Titan Tower. She has worked both in front of and behind the cameras, as a wrestler, a heel
manager for her storyline-husband (and eventual Real Life
husband) Triple H
, a General Manager for the Smackdown
brand, and her 2014 (and ongoing) role as Executive Vice President of Creative Development and Operations (i.e. head writer
). She is a 1x WWE Women's Champion
, winning the title in her debut match
after Tori (Terri Poch)
and she had to be told
to pin her, something that hadn't happened on WWE TV since Kamala
in 1993, and for completely different reasons.That Other Wiki
has an article on her life and career here
"Billion Dollar Tropes":
- Aborted Arc: Her on-camera appearances are so few and far-between that there wasn't really an arc to abort, but they did try to uphold the illusion of Triple H and Stephanie's storyline divorce, mostly because - since everybody and their goldfish knew they were married in real life - it made for some hilarious in-jokes (see the night Stephanie gave birth to her first daughter; Triple H was in the ring congratulating her and "That guy who knocked her up"). However, at some point, they seemed to simply throw their hands up and say "Forget it," since now they acknowledge that they're still married.
- In kayfabe, they claim that they re-married.
- Abusive Parents: In-character only, but pretty thoroughly in-character. Vince has actually wrestled Stephanie (in a match that took place only a few days before her wedding).
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Natalya gets insanely drunk on the Total Divas finale and leaves numerous voicemails on Stephanie's phone, this is her reaction. She even says she's going to save them and possibly show them to Vince.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Alpha Bitch: Could slide into this when she was with DX and the early McMahon-Helmsley Regime days.
- Arch-Enemy: Chris Jericho, oh so much during the Attitude Era. It really went into Foe Yay territory.
- Armor-Piercing Question: As she put it on March 2, 2015:
"Where would John Cena be without WWE!?"
- Badass Family: The McMahons.
- Bait and Switch: She announced that a Smackdown Diva had been chosen to pose in Playboy and said "congratulations to me!" (and gathered an Earth-shattering pop from the crowd) before elaborating that she meant congratulations to herself for sealing the deal and that Torrie Wilson would be in Playboy instead.
- The Baroness: Her new Red Baron and a rare version who is both the Sexpot (in appearance, moreso in personality before her GM days) and the Rosa Klebb (in personality since the Authority's formation).
- Battle Couple: With Hunter, occasionally.
- Becoming the Mask: She and Triple H fell in love with each other during their storyline.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Chris Jericho, so much so that the fanfic writers went bonkers. Every fangirl who ever wrote wrestling fic has a Smoochy Dreamer fic in her past.
- Berserk Button: Like any McMahon, it's a bad idea to question her power or decisions.
- The Big Damn Kiss: With Triple H on Raw's 15th Anniversary, finally acknowledging their relationship onscreen. Also shared one with Eric Bischoff at a Halloween party in 2002.
- Black Comedy Rape: When Triple H kidnapped, drugged and married Stephanie in Vegas. She also fell in love with him after that. Of course, it's entirely possible he was lying to mess with Vince's head.
The question, Vince
, isn't if
, but how many times
we "consummated the marriage!" (thrusting his hips)
- Blondes Are Evil: Briefly in 2005.
- Brainy Brunette
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Played it in her 20's, but otherwise played it straight.
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: (Like father, like daughter, huh?) When Brie Bella slapped her at Payback, the camera caught a shot of a dark streak running down the back of Stephanie's dress as she fled the arena, causing some speculation that she had peed herself from the unexpectedly-hard smack. Other fans have argued that the so-called stain was part of the dress' design, with the strip of fabric underneath hitting the light at an unfortunate angle. Decide for yourself.
- Brother-Sister Team: With her brother, Shane, as owner of ECW during the Alliance storyline.
- They did team on the July 24, 2000 Raw. Lita and The Big Show defeated them by DQ when Trish Stratus interfered and pushed Lita off of the top turnbuckle.
- Bullying The Dragon: While it's pretty much a trademark facet of the Mac Mahon family, Stephanie has been a particularly suicidal case as of recently. While Vince is usually smart enough to know to keep tormented employees in his power, Stephanie will abuse superstars with the utmost sadism, and then fire them on the spot anyway, giving them nothing to lose, and thus no reason not to bite back.
- Butt Monkey: Much like her Dad, Stephanie was on the receiving end of hilarious abuse during the Attitude Era, typically from Chris Jericho or The Rock.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Again like her father, she is pretty commendable for some of the abuse she takes for a non wrestler. It's always been said that Vince McMahon would never force any of his wrestlers to do anything he wouldn't do himself (leading to his legendary Butt Monkey status.) Stephanie apparently inherited this from him, as she's definitely come in for her fair share of comedic abuse. A stinkface from Rikishi, the Milk Wagon incident by Kurt Angle, Pedigreed by Triple H at their Kayfabe wedding, tossed in a mud-pit by Vickie Guerrero, the list goes on.
- The Caligula: During the first few months of the McMahon-Helmsley Era, the Invasion angle, the Authority stint
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Triple H during her Heel run in the early 2000s.
- Complexity Addiction: One immaterial thing she's inherited from her daddy is his pathological vindictive need to torment top-level employees that cause the family trouble rather than fire them on the spot. Clearly demonstrated in this exchange with Randy Orton in 2009, right before bringing out her brother Shane to attack him for punting Vince in the head:
Randy Orton: "FIRE. ME. NOW."
Stephanie: "Firing you... would be too easy. We have bigger plans."
- From one of her many confrontations with Austin on the January 1, 2001, Raw:
So tonight...In This Very Ring
...you will face William Regal. And the winner of your match will face the winner of the Rock/Kane match, who will face the Undertaker, in a Triple Threat match for the #1 Contendership to the World Wrestling Federation championship on SmackDown!
- Control Freak: Also seems to be inherited from her father (during her heel runs, anyway). And much like her father, this often came to bite her back, due to overestimating just how much crap particular employees would take from her. It was her berating of Randy Orton that kicked off the horrific feud mentioned above, for example.
Stephanie: This is MY show!
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Most definitely when she's in-character. Some of the rumor mills have painted her as this in real life, due to her yes-man status for her father and the high turnover in the writer's room.
- Reportedly kicked Tommy Dreamer off of the "creative" team for "making too much sense."
- It's suggested that she and Michael Hayes both blocked Paul Heyman from the writing team.
- Covered in Gunge: Err, it was actually implied to be something a little grosser than thatnote , but yes, courtesy of Vickie Guerrero, Stephanie ended up soaked from head to toe in, um, "gunge." All the faces (and more than a few of the fans) were quite pleased to see the Billion-Dollar Princess all washed up in something befitting of her personality.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Almost as good a heel as her father. It's just hard to top the guy frequently called "Satan" by commentators.
- Damsel in Distress: During the Ministry Of Darkness storyline in which she was kidnapped by The Undertaker, and later, in the "Love Her or Leave Her" storyline between her brother Shane and Test.
- Distracted by the Sexy: She's the breast- I mean best.
- The Dragon/The Dark Chick: Usually serves as one or both.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her Heel Turn on Vince and siding with Triple H at the Armageddon 99 PPV effectively set her heel persona in stone.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Stephanie was horrified when Kane started to viciously attack Daniel Bryan on the 4/21 Raw, even telling Brie Bella to run. She also apologized to Daniel on Raw the week after. This is still being invoked with her storyline with Daniel and Brie, seeming to be concerned, though it's starting to appear more like crocodile tears to lead them on while waiting for the other shoe to drop (of course, Daniel and Brie don't believe a word she says.)
- Face-Heel Turn: When she first appeared, she was the innocent little girl who somehow remained as such despite having a horrible father. Then she turned on him and got with Triple H as revenge for the Ministry Of Darkness Break the Cutie plot, causing Vince to leave the company for months in a Despair Event Horizon, leaving her and Triple H as the head of the WWF. She turned out to be much more capable a heel than she ever was as a face.
- Faux Action Girl: Was technically capable of wrestling (as in, could take bumps, had a few offensive moves), but mainly stuck to taunting opponents, bitch-slapping, and hiding behind Dad or Hunter or Shane when things got bad.
- Fire the Hypotenuse: What Chyna claimed that Stephanie did to her in 2001, if she's to be believed.
- Gag Boobs:
- Went from being flat-as-a-board to a D-cup almost overnight.
- Hilariously lampshaded by Chris Jericho when she got her first boob job (she's had at least two more since then).
- John Cena would do this years later in a much more subtle way, with Stephanie herself bragging about it.
- They have had one infamous drawback. The night she slapped Brie Bella and was being arrested, when her arms were pulled behind her to be handcuffed, it caused her boobs to shift and created an odd cleavage situation.◊ The fact that the camera focused on her for a really long time as she was led to the back and put in a cop car made it all the worse.
- Genre Savvy: On the September 22, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw, she overruled her husband's orders to have Dean Ambrose thrown out of the building, and instead ordered him to be locked in a closet guarded by multiple security guards, on the grounds that that when a wrestler gets ejected from the arena, they always return. Trouble is, you just can't out-Genre Savvy someone who's so crazy he comes back full circle to being the most realistic guy in the room, meaning Ambrose somehow made it out of one Authority trap and disguised himself in place of another anyway.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
- After receiving Rikishi's Stinkface on the May 7, 2001 Raw, she cut a promo on SmackDown about having Rikishi's disgusting "bottom" in her face.
- Similarly, during her feud with her father and Sable in 2003, she accused Vince of siding with Sable after she presumably shook her "fanny" in Vince's face. Though that one is an aversion in the UK since there "fanny" is a slang term for "vagina".
- Groin Attack:
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: A recurring problem of hers is her tendency to forget that after she fires somebody after kicking them around for months, they're under no obligation to play nice anymore. See Vickie Guerrero and the mud pit, or Brie Bella and the colossal slap after she kayfabe quit.
- Hot Chick In A Badass Suit: In her GM role.
- Hot Witch: Dressed as a witch for Halloween in 2002, clearly evoking this.
- Insult to Rocks: On the May 8, 2000 episode of Raw, Chris Jericho called Stephanie a "filthy, dirty, disgusting, nasty, skanky, brutal, bottom-feeding, trash-bag ho!" When he was forced to apologize, he did...to all the "filthy, dirty, disgusting, brutal, skanky, bottom-feeding, trash-bag hoes" for even comparing them to Stephanie. He decided that "bargain basement slut" and "miserable slimeball pig" were more appropriate.
- It Runs in the Family: Paul Heyman, in a 2008 interview, referred to Stephanie as "The Vincess".
- Jerkass: Consider her family and who her husband is. If she didn't start out this way, she grew into it.
- Karma Houdini: To varying degrees, but most times she is a Heel antagonizing a male Face, there are naturally limitations how far attacking a female non wrestler can be seen as a righteous resolve compared to with Vince. This is evident with the recent feud with The Big Show, while Steph was often most vigorous in tormenting and enslaving him for her gains (or just for the sheer fun of it), most of his retribution seems to be directed to Triple H. As shown above however, some opponents can get creative.
- Large Ham: Pretty much invented the screechy-heel character that Vickie Guerrero now plays to the hilt.
- Laser-Guided Karma: A little bit of justice for all of Stephanie's incessant bullying of her employees came in the form of Vickie Guerrero of all people, who bodily grabbed the Queen of WWE and dragged her into a pool of noxious brown slop after Stephanie had her thrown in to make Vickie lose the match and get fired. She would have been able to avoid it by being nicer, or hell, just not setting up such a humiliating match and then standing directly between Vickie and aforementioned pool while taunting her about getting fired. Just to make Stephanie suffer more, she couldn't even climb out of the pool at first, having to struggle and fall back in for awhile before finally managing to crawl out.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Kayfabe forced her to dance all around this. She went by Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley while she and Triple H were Kayfabe married and goes by Stephanie McMahon-Levesque in real lifenote , but since Hunter doesn't go by his real name, she just goes by Stephanie McMahon any time she appears in-character.
- Mama Bear: As Paul Heyman learned; all he did was mention her children, and she knocked him to the ground and started whaling on him. Of course, Hunter had warned him at least twice already, so frankly, he kinda had it coming.
- Morality Pet: Zach Gowen
- Nepotism: She is the boss's daughter.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: Her earliest WWF appearances were modeling hats and other merchandise at the age of 13, and she's never worked anywhere else.
- Never My Fault: She slapped Brie Bella in the mouth when she was a paying customer and a civilian and was arrested as a result. She spent most of her time after complaining about how bad that was for her and that she 'didn't deserve it'.
- Nice Hat: Wore an ECW motorcycle cap during the InVasion storyline.
- Oireland: Her "Irish temper" was mentioned during her match with Trish Stratus at the No Way Out 2001 PPV.
- Oh, Crap: Happens when she fires Vickie Guerrero and starts singing mockingly at her…then realizes Vickie (who she now has absolutely no power over) is now very angry at her, and the pool of muck the match revolved around is now directly behind her.
- Older Than They Look: Seriously, would you believe it's been 12 years since she was appointed the first General Manager of WWE SmackDown!? Because she doesn't look like she's aged anymore than two years since then. Between this and the drastic smoothing of her vocal pitch in 2002, we have a woman who looks 28, and sounds 48, yet is actually 38.
- Power Stable:
- DeGeneration X (w/Triple H, X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws and Tori [Terri Poch]).
- The McMahon-Helmsley Regime, w/her father, her brother, all of the above, and the Stooges (Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco.)
- The Alliance.
- The Authority
- Rape as Drama: Implied when The Undertaker kidnapped her and held her in a seedy motel.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: By 2005, everyone and their brother knew she was married to Triple H. This lead to various angles - most notably DX making rampant and gleeful speculation on who the father of her baby was - and references to their marriage and family.
- Reality Ensues: Her tendency to slap the taste out of people's mouths finally came back to bite her on the 7/21/14 episode of Raw. She came out and argued with and eventually slapped Brie Bella, who had Kayfabe quit weeks before and was in the audience as a fan (and civilian.) Brie, in turn, promptly called the police and had Stephanie arrested for battery.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Later into her stint as Smackdown GM and her appearances on Raw.
- Red Baron: The aforementioned "Billion Dollar Princess" and later the Billionaire Baroness / Queen of WWE.
- Rich Bitch: Her early character. She seems refreshingly normal outside the ring.
- Sanity Slippage: That time she and Triple H (in-character) wanted to renew their wedding vows, Hunter found out Steph had lied about her pregnancy and trashed the ceremony (Protip: If you're going to attempt The Baby Trap on your boyfriend, make sure that the actor you hire to play your doctor isn't currently on a late-night infomercial.) Steph Flipped. Her. Shit. WWE, any time that footage is reused, almost without fail, turns her scream at the end into a deep ''roar.''
- Screaming Woman: Good god, listen to some of her heel promos.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!
- Self-Deprecation: If anyone should, it's her.
- Sexy Spectacles: Briefly in 2008.
- She's Got Legs
- She Is All Grown Up: Well, duh. For a time, she had a Lil Kim-performed theme song called "All Grown Up."
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Stephanie likes the spotlight, Shane plays it cooler.
- Sleeps with Everyone but You: It's been implied that the main reason why Jericho insulted her so much was because she was easy... for everyone except him.
- Slut Shaming: Well, Jericho and the fans tried, but it didn't really take.
- Smug Snake: During her heel phase as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley.
- Spoiled Brat/Rich Idiot With a Day Job/Upper-Class Twit: The core of her Heel persona in early years. Toned down as she matured, though foes still like to snide her as "Daddy's Little Girl".
- Shows up when the Authority's power in the WWE is on the line against Team Cena. She assumes win or lose she'll still have her power offscreen. Her reaction to her father telling her that's not the case is to assume he's somehow rigged an escape clause for her and Hunter...and it left speechless when that's not the case. The idea that her father would let her actually lose her power never occurred to her.
- It should be noted that she and Triple H taught Seth Rollins well enough that he was able to force John Cena to reinstate them by threatening to paralyze another former superstar.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: When she was with D-Generation X.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9"note . She also tends to wear high heels more often than not, which gives her the impression of towering over almost every Diva, and even some of the male roster.
- Take-That Kiss: A number with Triple H, the crowner probably being their in-ring smooch during the "McMahon Family Reunion" segment (before their marriage was official on-air canon).
, you have serious problems. You've embarrassed this family long enough. It's time I embarrassed you. [makes out with Triple H
- The Tease: Most noteworthy when she was announcing who was chosen to pose for Playboy.
- Vapor Wear:
- Her feud with Triple H, starting with the failed "wedding" described below, saw her suffer Clothing Damage and demonstrated that she hadn't bothered to wear much underneath.
- The March 11, 2002 Raw saw her try to escape from HHH in the ring and he grabbed her pants and exposed her butt.
- That Thursday on Smackdown, HHH went for the Pedigree on an announce table and her breasts fell out of her dress.
- Villainous Breakdown: Had one on Raw March 10th, 2014 when Daniel Bryan managed to get an army of fans to storm the ring and occupy it to force her and Triple H into giving Bryan what the Authority had been denying him, screaming her head off that she owns them.
- Has a bigger one at Survival Series 2014 when Team Authority is defeated, resulting in her and Hunter being stripped of their power completely.
- Vocal Evolution: While she might be forever known for that whiny screechy harpy voice, in recent years, her voice has seriously mellowed out, with her voice becoming smoother and more authoritative as time has gone on, leaving Vickie Guerrero to pick up where she left off. Some have called Vocal Dissonance
- The Villainous Breakdown, however had her go harpy for first time in over a decade, albeit in a lower pitch than her 20's. Frankly, she sounded less shrill and more demonic (or at least more female!Vince-like).
- Warrior Princess: Being the daughter of WWE's owner, she can be considered as such.
- Wedding Smashers: Thrice involved. First came the infamous "satanic wedding" angle with The Undertaker and the Ministry Of Darkness in the spring of 1999, where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin eventually saved her from a lifetime of torture. Later in 1999, she was to be married (in kayfabe) to Test (Andrew Martin), only for the whole event to be upstaged by Triple H, who drugged her and married her while unconscious. Later, when Steph agreed that the vows were legitimate and became a scheming heel, the kayfabe marriage continued until Triple H decided he was tired of Steph's lying; the two would try to work out their differences and it appeared that they had to a point where they agreed to renew their vows ... until Triple H learned that Steph's "pregnancy" was a sham. Triple H ended the wedding right there and exposed her on national television, knocking her down so that one of her breasts was sticking out of her dress.
- Makes it all the more ironic that Triple H and Steph's real-life wedding was a low-key affair, at least until 2009 when it was intentionally brought up by Triple H on-screen, after years of humor alluding to it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After T&A split up on the January 1, 2001, Raw, there was a scene in Stephanie's office where Albert told her that if she needed anything she could call him. This was forgotten almost immediately after.
- Wrestling Family: Fourth-generation and proud of it.
- Yandere: If she's a heel.
- Younger Than They Sound: While Stephanie has always looked fairly age appropriate if not younger than her own age, her voice radically changed around early/mid-2002 (most likely due to her role as the Screaming Woman during the McMahon-Helmsley era). By early-2003, she sounded more like she was 46 than 26 (her actual age at the time).