A man whose name is synonymous to success while an antonym for forbearance. A man took a feeble wrestling promotion and seemly transformed it into a multi-million dollar entertainment juggernaut of a company. He's a man who has various skeletons in his closet, such as wrestling deaths, steroid scandals and tasteless storylines.
Every bleak error this man committed is microscopical compared to the special moments he created such as WrestleMania, WWE Ice Cream Bars and the multitude of splendid characters and personalities who graced our television screens over the decades.
The man I speak of is, of course, Vincent Kennedy McMahon!
We all watched as Vince stood in that ring determined to hold to his promise to fire John Cena if he failed to retain the WWE Championship. Vince was willing to fire his cash cow and risk the chance of losing a sizable portion of the targeted demographic. He was willing to do that based on the principle that no one is bigger then the WWE.
Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold, The Rock and John Cena are men who trail blazed and took the WWE to heights that would never have reached without them. Regardless of the impact those men had on the WWE, they were never bigger than the WWE.
Vince stood there without the theatrical aspects that are associated with his on-air firings. With a mic in hand, he was going to do something he did not want to do, but he was going to stand by his words. Before he could utter the words, "You're Fired," the speaker blared "King of Kings" by Motörhead.
Triple H, who the wrestling world knows as the son-in-law to Vince, walked to the ring in a full suit and tie get-up. His composure was one of conflict and resistance. Triple H had to do something he did not want to do, and he regretted that he had to do it.
In the ring Triple H avoided eye contact to Vince and awkwardly tried to find the words that would soften the blow—ones that would be appropriate to say in front of a national audience. Vince, unsure of why his son-in-law was acting in that way, was determined to hear it in the ring while ignoring Triple H's pleas to continue the conversation in the back.
Finally, Triple H told him the Board of Directors believed Vince's recent actions were questionable enough to reconsider his role with the WWE. Once Vince was told the family agreed, it was the blow that made him realize what this conversation was leading to.
Vince was finally told he was removed from the day-to-day activities of the WWE, and Triple H was to replace him. Triple H tried to soften the blow by saying, "I love you, pop, and I'm sorry." Then, he left the ring saddened by what he had just done.
The crowd started with the traditional, "Hey, hey, hey, good bye," but then they all saw the tears flowing from Vince's eyes. They all saw a man standing alone trying to comprehend the fact that he lost control of something that he made as his own. The tune of the crowd then changed to chants of, "Thank you, Vince!"
So thank you Vince! Thank you for creating memories for us all. Thank you for creating something magical we all could escape to when the going got rough. Thank you for humiliating yourself for our benefit and making the toughest decisions for the sake of the fans. Thank you, finally, for everything you have done.