Vince McMahon has heard the outside noise but does not let it get to him.
It is unfortunate but threats are common to those in a position of power, especially when they do not do something that the public likes. In the case of Vince McMahon, he created the WWE taking some of the top professional wrestlers from all over the sport and making one league. Since purchasing the WWWF from his father during the 80’s, McMahon has received plenty of death threats.
This is not surprising given the fact that McMahon has built the WWE into a multi-billion dollar corporation that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. McMahon, who’s net worth is $2.2 billion according to Forbes, has seen the threats and is unphased. He recently sat down with Pat McAfee and discussed this topic.
“I don’t know how many rivers I’m supposed to be at the bottom of,” McMahon said.
“Death threats are what they are. I always felt like if you can know off the president of the United States, I’m easy to get to. I’ve never had a bodyguard or any of that stuff.”
Vince McMahon explained that this was part of the territory for testing the system. He took a chance and combined professional wrestling leagues, which aggravated promoters, but it ended up turning into a massive success.
This did not stop the threats and Hall-of-Fame analyst Jim Ross even stumbled upon a conversation before his days with the company. Ross was in a bathroom stall when he overheard some men discussing how they were going to put a hit on McMahon.
“They were talking about how they were going to off me. ‘This guy knows this guy. I know a guy who can do this. This guy has done this. It was really impressive.’ They all know people, so they’re talking about who was going to off me,” McMahon explained.
“So imagine Jim Ross. He doesn’t give a shit about Vince McMahon. He’s thinking about himself. He’s on the throne. He hears this and thinks he’s gonna be an accessory to murder. He takes one foot, puts it on the seat. Takes the other one, puts it on the seat, so now they can’t see his feet below the stall. And of course, Mother Nature is calling at the same time.”
During the interview, Vince McMahon even offered Pat McAfee a match at Wrestlemania 38. This would come against McMahon’s protege Austin Theory. It is unknown if unknown if this is confirmed just yet but McMahon would kick off the feud between the two. Of course, McMahon knows a thing or two about stepping in the ring.
McMahon has not competed at Wrestlemania since his street fight against Bret Hart in 2010. It is unlikely that the 76-year-old will take on a huge role in the ring but he has been able to keep himself in tremendous shape over the years.
Vince McMahon is an owner who always has something up his sleeve. This is how he has been able to turn the WWE into a billion-dollar corporation. As for any outside noise or threats, it just comes with the territory.