As of today, it is Vincent Kennedy McMahon’s 67th birthday. The genius who brought us the WWE.
When Vince McMahon was born in 1945, he actually never met his father until he was 12. At that time, Vince McMahon Sr. was running, Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which is how Vince McMahon Jr., first became interested in professional wrestling. Originally McMahon Jr., wanted to become a professional wrestler himself but his father would not let him. He felt it was bad business that promoters got into wrestling. In 1968, McMahon Jr. graduated from East Carolina University with a business degree and he was part manager of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (which McMahon Sr., changed the company name to).
In the 1970’s, that’s when McMahon Jr., started working for his father’s wrestling company full time. McMahon Jr., was the one who urged his father to change the business name again to just, “World Wrestling Federation”. McMahon Jr., got his start on TV by being an in ring announcer (long before Howard Finkel, aka “The Fink”), then McMahon became backstage interviewer for wrestlers and later on became color commentator in the early 80’s.
When McMahon Jr’s father died, that’s when he decided to buy the company, and Vince kept the WWF name. One of the first wrestling icons to enter the WWF, was of course, none other than Hulk Hogan, who is responsible for turning the WWF into a world wide phenomenon that we still know today. After Hogan, more wrestlers followed his footsteps with the likes of Andre the Giant, Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Jake the Snake, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, etc. Wrestlers who helped make the company huge. Vince is also famous for the “Rock N’ Roll Wrestling Connection” which brought in the likes of Hogan, Cyndi Lauper, Captain Lou Albano, etc.
Vince didn’t become an actual performer/wrestler until the early 90’s, after the controversial, Montreal Screwjob incident, between Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at a Survivor Series ppv. From there, that’s when the huge Vince vs. Stone Cold feud blew up and continued on ’til the 2000’s or later. Vince also had big feuds with Bret the Hitman Hart, John Cena, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump, Zach Gowen, and the rest of the McMahon family.
The WWF were forced to change their company name due to losing their trademark battle against the World Wildlife Fund, and now the company is changed again to, WWE. No matter what you think of Vince Jr., love him or hate him. What he did here was a work of genius. He is a master business man, no matter what you think of him. This is part of the reason why I admire professional wrestling ’cause I’m impressed with what Vince does with the business. He certainly is a hard working guy and did all the work himself to get where he is today. He does a good job, and he’s responsible for everything in the professional wrestling business. Vince McMahon is god, and needs to be respected.
In the videos are some of Vince McMahon’s best moments on wrestling TV. Enjoy, and Happy Birthday Vinnie Mac. YYYOOOOUUUU’RREEE FIREEEEDDDDDdddd!