WWE Chairman Vince McMahon: His Greatest Reported Backstage Freakouts
Vince McMahon losing it behind the scenes is ingrained in the WWE's culture, as the workaholic chairman takes his life's work very seriously.
McMahon's conniption fits have been set off by everything from a botched wrestling maneuver to being mentioned on television.
Each freakout reminds us of McMahon's emotional investment in his product, while emphasizing his career-defining reputation as an authoritarian dictator who demands his version of perfection.
Vince McMahon Slams a Monitor After Being Mentioned on Television
One of Vince McMahon's most biblical backstage meltdowns came after being mentioned on television by Alberto Del Rio.
According to reports, McMahon did not want to be mentioned on television, as there were plans for him to make a return down the road. PWInsider reported that McMahon actually approved the segment prior to going live, yet subsequently became furious upon hearing his name.
WWE Headsets a Victim of Vince McMahon's Fury
Following a match that didn't get the crowd into 2009's WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view, Vince McMahon was none too pleased with the match's participants—Chris Jericho, Big Show, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes—and reportedly took his frustration on his headsets, which were thrown by the angry chairman.
Vince McMahon Doesn't Care for a Recent Ryback Match
Ryback's development hit a rough patch last week on RAW after an awkward match against Jack Swagger.
McMahon especially noticed the poorly executed contest where the story should have been Ryback's impressive win over a former world champion.
Instead, the match played out like a waltz from Master P on Dancing With the Stars.
McMahon reacted accordingly, as backstage reports recounted him going nuts.
Vince McMahon Yells at Mickie James After "Crass" Gesture
Mickie James' WrestleMania debut against Trish Stratus was far from her finest hour in wrestling, and a sloppy match was made worse for the WWE diva turned TNA Knockout when she made an inappropriate gesture during the match.
Vince McMahon was one of the first people to greet her backstage after the match, and according to James, their post-match confrontation was anything but a warm welcome.
James, who thought McMahon would love the gesture during the pre-PG era in the WWE, said McMahon described it as "crass" while admonishing her.
Vince McMahon Almost Fights Former Member of WWE's Creative Staff
Vince McMahon has been involved in his share of heated arguments, and one particular argument almost resulted in fisticuffs.
Following a dispute with former creative writer Alex Greenfield over how a RAW segment would be produced, McMahon reprimanded Greenfield for what Greenfield described as snapping at him in front of WWE officials.
The confrontation escalated, and according to Greenfield, the two almost came to blows.
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