Vince, the man pulling the strings in 1999.
In early 1999, WWE introduced “The Higher Power” into storylines.
Per the angle, this mysterious, unseen figure was behind all of the Corporate Ministry's evil deeds including the group's attempts to ruin the life of poor Vince McMahon, who was attempting to change his ways and even make peace with old enemy, Steve Austin.
This was actually a deeply intriguing angle, and speculation was rampant for several weeks about just who the figure was. Mick Foley? Jake “The Snake” Roberts? The options were endless.
Oh, and then it turned out it was, in fact, Vince McMahon himself. “It was me, Austin! It was me all along, Austin!” he memorably boasted on Raw, while J.R. acted outraged on commentary.
Yes. Once against Vince was placing himself in the middle of everything. This may have marked the point when the WWE Chairman really outlived his usefulness as an on-screen character.
It didn't help that the owner's reasons for orchestrating various events—including his own daughter's kidnapping—made no sense whatsoever.
He claimed he did it all because he wanted to screw arch-nemesis Austin out of the WWE Championship.
OK. But, why, when he was only “pretending” to be a good guy, did he help Austin keep his belt on several occasions?
This whole thing made about as much sense as a bad episode of Lost.