I'm sure this article has been done more than once here in the B/R community, but since I am a relatively new comer, I'd like to share some of my opinions and analysis on the matter.
World Wrestling Entertainment has made Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr. a billionaire. He took a dream that began as an announcer for his father's local wrestling promotion and turned it into a monopoly for its field in today's society pretty much.
Currently, according to Wikipedia (so there's no guarantee that it's 100 percent accurate, but it's what I have, so work with me), the McMahon's hold 70 percent of the economic interest of the WWE and 96 percent of the voting power.
The WWE was once a dictatorship under the McMahon rule until October 1999. It was then that the WWE went public and joined the stock market universe and allowed their fans to buy into parts of the company.
When this happened, a board committee had to be part of decisions rather than McMahon answering to no one.
Vince McMahon is obviously the majority owner and chairman. His wife, Linda, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His son, Shane, is Executive Vice President of Global Media. This means he controls their international matters. Stephanie McMahon-Levesque is the Executive Vice President of Talent and Creative Writing.
But where does it go from there? Who really has the pull behind the curtains and in the headquarters? There's a few ideas to be thrown around.
This one is pretty obvious. He is married to Stephanie McMahon. He is on the writing team for RAW. He gets more alone time with the McMahons than any other wrestler in the company. It'd be pretty easy for him to get any idea he had to be approved if he wanted to be that way.
From what I hear, The Undertaker has almost as much stroke as Vince McMahon does over wrestling matters in the WWE. He is one of the few wrestlers who has been able to intimidate McMahon, which is not an easy thing to do.
He is easily the leader of the Smackdown locker room, and is looked to for advice by almost everyone in the company. Its been said that if you can get on his good side, then you would have a spot with the company.
Something about this whole story just doesn't make sense to me. It wasn't that long ago that Randy Orton was a strike or two away from his WWE departure. He was suspended for substance abuse. He has been in rehab. He has anger issues that have been documented outside of the ring.
I guess all it takes is having a title around your waist to get pull power in the WWE. Randy Orton complaining to Vince about Kennedy after their tag match on RAW was one of the main reasons that lead to Kennedy's departure with the WWE this past week.
It doesn't appear Orton will lose his title anytime soon, so his say so on matters can only increase. Here's to hoping he is mature enough to handle the responsibilities and not act out of selfishness.
So who is it? If you had asked me a year ago, I'd tell you without a doubt that Triple H was the person with the most pull. I don't know if I feel that way anymore. The simple fact that Undertaker replaced his old wife Sara with current girlfriend Michelle McCool says enough about his status with the company. She isn't with him for the looks, I'd hope.
But this recent development of Randy Orton's character may be the straw that breaks the camel's back for the rest of the wrestlers in the WWE. This is the first time that I can remember that even Triple H has agreed to take a backseat to a wrestler.
Shawn Michaels - He is the guy wrestlers can ask for advice and Vince can come to when it comes to making moral decisions.
Michael Hayes - Big influence on the Smackdown brand. Doesn't always conduct himself in the best ways in public when intoxicated with alcohol.
Brian Gerwitz - Head writer on RAW
Ed Koskey - Head Writer on ECW