Vincent Kennedy McMahon is known world wide as the creator and owner of the WWE, like his father Vince has always had a great mind when it came to wrestling, he knew how to market wrestlers to the audience as well as put on a great show week in week out. Fair to say that this is largely thanks to the great creative team he has at his disposal but come on we all no Vince (Linda) has the final word.
He has given us so many memorable moments over the years, amazing matches and promos however Vince will mainly be known for the man who made Wrestlers into superstars.
Here is a list of some of his greatest creations in the WWE, hope you enjoy this and feel free to comment.
The Undertaker or Mark Calloway previously wrestled for the WCW before he made the witch to the WWE. In this time the WCW managed to make a real mockery from what would be one of the greatest wrester's and icons in the business today.
Undertaker debut in the WWE in 1990, during a time where characters such as Hogan and Savage were running the show, so how do you create a character so unique an different and throw him into a pack of wild lions only to come out of there alive?
Well its simple create a man who is already dead, that's right create an Undertaker. His character was such a huge success that he had followers from all over the world coming into watch the Deadman in action. Perhaps the greatest piece of creative thinking was having this 7ft man coming in and defeating The American Hero Hulk Hogan for the WWE title within his first year in the company. This impressed a lot of people who at the time must of felt that wrestling was real so obviously majority of the WWE Universe will cheer the Top dog just look at Hogan.
They also have Undertaker a nice background which allowed them to build around is character for instance the introduction of Kane his younger brother, Casket matches, Hell in a cell matches, Inferno matches and buried alive matches, all of which suited the big mans criteria. Lastly by giving Taker the streak it has made him a Legend to a point that if he were to be defeated at Mania then Wrestling would die along with him.
Perhaps one of Vince's biggest challenges was the creation of the People's Champ The Rock. I mean here he have a third generation star with all the charisma and athletic ability in the world but he is still getting booed.
So Vince decided to drop the whole warrior gimmick and blue trunks, and re package him into a cocky Anti-Hero similar to that of Randy Orton. The Rock finally had the breathing space to showcase his talents to the world without the pressure of been known as Rocky Johnson's son. he immediately made an impact by becoming the youngest and first Samoan wrestler to win the IC Championship.
The crowd never no how to react by this I mean although the Rock was an A** they loved him. Vince fed on the electricity that the Rock was garnering from every arena he went to and used it to his advantage. He made the Rock into a superstar by having him dethrone the legendary Ron Simmons from the Nation of Domination.
Feuds with Foley, HHH and Austin would help him develop his in ring chemistry with wrestlers as well as the audience. his unique ability to capture the audiences attention just by using his words made him into a cultural icon, with rappers and actors world wide using his various catch phrases in moves, songs and commercials.
Rock owes Vince hugely, by becoming a great wrestler it allowed him to branch into Hollywood, after his first solo movie the Scorpion King, the rock became one of the most wanted stars in Hollywood and is currently filming his new move the Fast and Furious 5.
The Showstopper is one of the WWE's finest assets. Once the looker, HBK had it all he was loved by most and hated by many yet he is still regarded as one of the greatest to ever step foot inside the squared circle.
Vince new all to well just how arrogant and cocky HBK can be, so instead of fighting it he used it to bring in a whole new range of audiences around the states and worldwide. HBK is noted for some of the most controversial moments in wrestling history such as the Montreal screwjob, Curtain call and of course D-X.
D-X today is still one of the best selling merchandise products in the WWE, the fan base is so big that people from China named their local football team Degeneration X. HBK is not known as the showstopper because of his outrageous behavior but mainly due to his incredible in ring ability, he can make any one look good.
his matches with Bret Hart, HHH, Austin, Owen, Taker, Angle etc are some of the finest spectacles ever seen in a WWE Ring. He is a shoe in for a future HOF and thanks to Vince we have witnessed one of the greatest entertainers grace us with his presence for over 20 glorious years.
Arguably the greatest Canadian wrestler of our time, Bret has wrestling in his blood, he is the son of legendary wrestler and trainer Stu Hart and brother of the late great Owen Hart. Bret was never really taken seriously upon his arrival in the WWE. I mean wrestling was all about one thing, Muscles and Bret obviously lacked the goods.
Vince however thought otherwise, by biding his time he managed to make Bret the greatest face in the wrestling world for over 15 years. once Hogan and company left the WWE, there was an opening for a new wrestler to take the brass ring, Bret was called on as Vince's prodigy. Small for his size Bret and Vince managed to use to put on some of the greatest matches in the world. His feud with HBK and the British Bulldog were some glimpses of just how great once can be.
Bret was also part of the Hart Foundation, a Canadian group who despised America and adored Canada. This allowed Wrestling to go into a whole new direction i.e. The Attitude Era. Bret said himself " Vince told me WCW would never no what to do with a Bret Hart, how right he was"
Hate him or love him, Cena is the man of the moment. People must realize where and how Cena started in the WWE. He debut in 2003 and faced Jericho in a match deemed a ruthless aggression try out. Cena was great in the ring, fast dedicated and was able to keep up with the likes of Y2J.
However no one really would of thought that Cena would go onto become the icon that he is today. Vince repackaged the prototype persona of Cena and made him into a white hip hop rapper who was young cocky and basically could not rap. This enraged the audience as they felt Cena was making a mockery out of the hip hop world, however during the whole lesnar, Angle feud which was about 2years after his initial debut, Cena struck gold by pinning Big show to help Team Angle to victory and from that point on a star was born. i mean no one had a problem when Cena was defeating the likes of Lesnar so why do they have a problem when he defeats Edge and others.
He is now one of the biggest names in the company, he is slowly making the transition into movies and music and has most certainly becoming a national icon.
Like Undertaker, Austin was never really seen as a big star in both ECW and WCW. However Vince so tremendous potential in the young lad so he decided to put his faith in him and by word he was right.
Austin is the poster child for WWE, if you ask anybody what do you think of when I say WWE, Austin will be the first thing to come out of their mouth. This is mainly due to the fact that Austin defeated the great Jake Roberts to become The KOTR Champion and also the birth of Austin 3:16. Till this day I can't think of anybody else who gets a bigger ovation the the rattlesnake. People love his ways and his character possibly due to the fact that they can relate to what Austin is going through, a working man who hates his boss.
The Austin and McMahon feud as well as the Austin and the Rock feud helped the WWE win the Monday Night wars against WCW, putting an end to the ratings war. Austin may never wrestle again, but that has not stopped us from seeing him he usually makes brief appearances as well as taking up role sin various movies most recently The Expendables starring Jet Li and Stallone.
If you have ever watched the Hogan vs McMahon match at Wrestlemania 19, you will most likely no just how much of an impact Hogan and Vince had in the company.
Both men made wrestling what it is today, they broke down the barriers of what was real and what was fake, they captured the mind and interests of audiences all over the world and made people finally take wrestling seriously.
Hogan was able to become the cult hero is today by defeating the undefeated 7ft + Andre the Giant. This turned the balding wrestler into a superman like character. He became a positive influence to many children around the world and has inspired many wrestlers to become wrestlers such as Edge. Vince decided that would everything going on around the world todays such as wars, violence and hate, it would be something special if I could create an hero that people could rely on so he looked no further then hulk Hogan. Till this day no one can even come close to just how big a star hogan was and still is.
Like Cena and Rock, Hogan was one of the first wrestlers to appear on movies and Tv-Shows, his most memorable moment is when he appeared in Rocky, a movie which starred hard man Sylvester Stallone, it made people want to see who would win a boxer or a wrestler and that's is how wrestling became then became known as the golden era.
Piper is regarded as the greatest heel in wrestling, his antics and character has demonstrated to the world just that if you act like an idiot you will get handsomely rewarded.
Piper although Canadian, was portrayed as a rough Scotsman who hated everything and everyone in his path. During a time when every one was a face, the company needed a villian and Vince decided that he needed Piper.
Piper created such moments as Piper's pit where he would bring on guests such Snuka and Andre but only to have them beaten to a bloody pulp, well not Andre but you get the picture. Till this day many have tried but no one will come close to Piper and Evil.
Lesnar is listed for a couple reasons but mainly due to his success outside the WWE World. Lesnar came to the WWE in 2003 billed as the next big thing and managed by former ECW owner Paul heyman. Lesnar was a big powerful man who made everyone look like rag dolls in the ring i.e. Rikishi and Mark Henry.
His matches with Angle helped him pursue a career in MMA. not to say that he was not keen in MMA before his WWE debut, but it did give him a name and allowed him to get a title shot in UFC after only a couple matches. He is currently the UFC Champion and in my mind the greatest fighter in the world.
Like the Rock and Austin, HHH is no stranger to success. HHH is the son in law of Vince McMahon so it is only natural that he should be listed in this list.
HHH is known for his amazing physique and tremendous attitude and will for the sport of professional wrestling. Vince was never a fan of hunter mainly because of his antics with HBK in the mid 90's. however he took a shine to him during the years of 1999/2000, where he along with the Rock created some of the most epic moments in sport today. HHH became the WWE Champions few times during this time gap and it made the crowd angry. Especially because HHH was in cahoots with the McMahon's this certainly made good TV.
HHH today is seen more as a veteran than a leader, as he gives way to younger talent HHH will always be remembered for the moment she shared and have the WWE universe such as D-X, Evolution, HHH VS. ROCK, Angle and Austin. As well as a host o others.
For me this was the single greatest moment in wrestling. Whoever was brought up during this time was blessed with some of the most entertaining moments in wrestling today. With guys such as the Rock, Mankind, Taker and others calling the shots who would not be entertained.
It allowed WWE to expand in the gaming world, they created several games such as WWE attitude, Warzone and of course Smackdown, these games are regarded as some of the best selling games in the history of game consoles.
The Rock This is your life
Rock vs HHH
Coming of Kane
Vince Vs Austin
Where would we be today without our glamorous WWE Divas. They amaze men even women around the world with there amazing looks and incredible in ring ability. Divas such as Trish and Lita have become so iconic that Hollywood and Playboy have come knocking.
Divas are responsible for bringing in their own audiences as well, which consist of mainly men, this has helped the WWE target different genders and audiences world wide.
Wrestlemania is the Grand Daddy of them all, it was created in 1984 and ever since then it has become bigger and better with every passing year. it is interesting to note that Wrestlemania is considered bigger then the Superbowl.
Wrestlemania has enriched us with so many great moments such as Hogan slamming Andre which was a hugh turning point in the whole industry, Austin vs Rock one of the greatest Wrestlemania rivalries and of course TLC which for me is still the match to beat at Mania, sorry HBK Taker.