Not even before the letters had a chance to rest on Bill Atkinson’s story the other night about Vince McMahon and a heel turn, had my wheels begun to turn with the same idea. I’d like to make a few comments of my own.
The Mr. McMahon character is the greatest heel character in wrestling history (in my opinion). While he was a “fresh face” when he challenged the likes of Steve Austin and Bret Hart, he is now the wizened veteran and owner of a company that may not need to be saved (as I has previously written the other day), but it does need a shot of adrenaline and a new path to follow.
Changes in brand extension and a possible war with his son-in-law, Triple H, could lead to two promotional-type companies. This could lead to more competition in the true spirit of what wrestling used to be before “big, bad” Vince McMahon blew the roof off of wrestling in the 1980s.
Right now, this company is begging for competition to get some of its "mojo" back. TNA is not going to get it done. ROH can't compete.
Vince McMahon and Triple H, with the help of Stephanie McMahon Helmsley, will have to go it alone.
Is there another “invasion” angle of sorts? Does Triple H take the SmackDown brand and his wife with him to battle his father-in-law and of all people, Paul Heyman? If this were real, I would hate to be at the dinner table at Thanksgiving.
But it is just what the doctor ordered in this case.
While we love seeing Vince on television, the boos last week told us his act is wearing thin. The idea of bringing back the McMahon character has such an appeal, as long as it is done in such a way that it does not spoil what wrestling's greatest villain has done in the past.
Feuds with Austin and Hart and others were a true testament to the pure genius of McMahon. No owner got in the ring like he did. (Do not put Bill Watts or Jerry Lawler or Fritz Von Erich in this discussion. Those situations are different). No one has since.
Now, with WWE Payback upcoming, we will wait and see what happens with Triple H and his program with Curtis Axel. When will McMahon side with his evil counterpart? What will Stephanie do on screen in the next few weeks? Can the WWE produce another angle like this?
It looks like the summer months just got a whole lot more interesting. And a whole lot hotter. Looks like Mr. McMahon is back.