Vince McMahon is no longer a part of WWE. The long-time chairman and CEO retired amid a huge hush money scandal. Now that Vince is gone, some WWE employees are opening up about what it was like to work with him.
There have always been rumors of McMahon being a bit eccentric at work. He has been known to ban certain words and phrases he has a personal aversion to. It turns out that Vince McMahon could be very difficult to work with under a lot of circumstances.
Sean Sapp spoke to several WWE staffers about their experience with Vince McMahon in a new story behind Fightful’s paywall. Everything from meeting minutes to his behavior during shows needed to be filtered due to McMahon’s quirky and unprofessional habits.
“Fightful has heard from many within the creative process who said that many of the creative writer’s assistants effectively needed to “filter” Vince themselves in ways. Specifically, we were told that the assistants often had to know what to not write for Vince McMahon when taking notes for him. We’ve also heard that the “minutes are heavily edited.”
We’re told this has largely the case for a long time. It ranged from Vince saying things that would appear insensitive or offensive, to “oh god, what did he just say?” moments, all the way to simple kayfabe things as well. Some of the stories included McMahon constantly calling people the wrong names, or using terms that weren’t socially acceptable, and that even he himself would have never allowed on television.
Another former production employee said “if a live feed of Vince McMahon on a headset any given night ever made it out, that it would provide a picture of that production experience, especially for the announcers. There were plenty of times he was in a good mood, but he would blow up at the most ridiculous things and act like they ruined an angle that was far past its expiration date anyway.””
Fortunately for those who had to deal with Vince McMahon’s behavior, he is no longer there. Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan were named co-CEOs while Triple H will serve as the company’s head of creative. After years of speculation, it will be interesting to see what other backstage stories about Vince come out.
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