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Vince McMahon Navigated Controversy for Decades. What Changed in 2022?

What took so long? Seriously, what took so long? There have been so many WWE scandals — whether specific to Vince McMahon or more broadly — that counting them all becomes a ghoulish exercise with a quickness. That’s doubly so because it’s way too easy just to rattle off scandals where…

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Vince McMahon Has Retired

I don’t know how to begin covering what is possibly the biggest story in the history of professional wrestling. Vince McMahon is retiring from WWE. In his tweet and in WWE’s press release containing his statement on the matter, McMahon led with the fact that he is 77, intimating that…

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If There Is an Ethical Way to Watch WWE, It Is Via Piracy

Money in the Bank, WWE’s failed attempt at turning a lukewarm narrative conceit into another stadium show, airs this Sunday on Peacock/WWE Network. Please do not pay for the pleasure of either means of watching WWE’s product. Actually, let me walk that back: I love The ‘Cock. It features great…

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For Vince McMahon, “Life Sucks and Then You Die” Is a Campaign Slogan

So I voted for the first time this year. The Philippine national elections felt much more high stakes than usual. I’m sure a lot of that is just a matter of age. It’s the first election I’m experiencing as an (alleged) adult in my 20s, which means I’m seeing the…

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On SmackDown, Vince McMahon Asserted Himself As the Center of His Industry

Yesterday, at 9:19am, the WWE Twitter account announced that Mr. McMahon would open SmackDown. It is crucial that they said Mr. McMahon and not Vince McMahon, as, since 1997, there has been some separation between the Vince McMahon who runs WWE in reality, and the Mr. McMahon who runs the…

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Tonight, Vince McMahon Addresses His Enemies

Tonight, on SmackDown, Vince McMahon will reportedly appear in character as Mr. McMahon to address the allegations made against him in Wednesday’s bombshell Wall Street Journal report about his alleged use of company funds to buy the silence of several mistresses. Stephanie McMahon, who recently went on hiatus from her…

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Vince McMahon Losing the Reins of WWE Is No Longer Impossible

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the board of World Wrestling Entertainment was investigating a secret $3 million settlement paid by Vince McMahon to an exiting employee in January of last year. There is so much to say about this, much of which the WSJ has already done, probing…

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14 Years Ago, Vince McMahon Tried to Give Away $100,000 and Got RickRolled Instead

Today is an incredible day in wrestling history. It’s not the anniversary of a huge main event or a shocking defection. It’s not that it’s the day Stone Cold “took his ball” or the day Harley Race captured another World Championship. It’s not even that it’s Buff Bagwell’s birthday AND…

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From Sammy Guevara to Vince McMahon: Wrestling’s Worst Kisses

“That thing, that moment, when you kiss someone and everything around becomes hazy and the only thing in focus is you and this person.” – Drew Barrymoore in Never Been Kissed From Dynamite to TripleMania, wrestling’s newest it couple Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti have obnoxiously swapped spit in tongue-lashing…

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The $100 Vince McMahon T-Shirt: A Review

WWE is selling a $100 Vince McMahon shirt. That’s, uh, bad. But it’s also pretty funny because people will buy it, dazzled by the premium price, which will somehow create the illusion of scarcity that drives collectables buyers despite the fact that this is a direct to garment t-shirt and…

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What Is a WWE Superstar? A Theory.

Yesterday, Vince McMahon did an interview on The Pat McAfee Show, hosted, as you might guess, by former NFL punter turned podcaster and WWE SmackDown color commentator Pat McAfee. While it probably would have been a good idea to—interviews with McMahon have tended to be rare, and are increasingly so…

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CocoMania: Conan O’Brien’s Best Wrestling Moments

As a comedian that exists in the realm of the absurd, I have had two tentpole influences from my early youth (for better or worse): Conan and professional wrestling. What do they have in common? Well, both have featured celebrity guests, hyper-specific characters, a surprising number of hand puppets, people…

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Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows Transcends the Genre It Pioneered

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows is one of the best documentaries about anything ever. It follows Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s last year in the WWF in 1997, as the promotion battles Ted Turner’s WCW in the ratings and the rise of antiheroes makes Hart’s status as wrestling’s number one good…

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Wrestling Authority Figures are Now Faces. We’ve Lost All Hope for Society

On the January 8, 2021 episode of Smackdown, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and his cousin Jey Uso interfered in the main event, gang beating the new fan favorite Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE authority figure Adam Pearce grimaced from ringside, pulling out the ghost strands of hair that once filled his…

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5 NFTs WWE Should Mint to Claim the Throne of Worst Company Ever

Non-fungible tokens—or NFTs for the sake of not gagging on the language of the digital carny—are the talk of the collectables market at the moment. I won’t pretend to understand the intricacies of what is, on the surface, a pyramid scheme that bilks the many for the profit of the…

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On WWE’s Best and Worst Character: Vince McMahon

Earlier this week, “Vince McMahon” trended on Twitter. Before I found out why, I felt a weird mix of excitement and anxiety. Was the whole of the wrestling world changing? Was he he stepping down? Sick? Involved, beyond the obvious way in which he’s involved, in some Trump-related scandal? No…

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An Unbearable Descent Into Hell: WWE As An Essential Business

I want to start by going back to 2018, when World Wrestling Entertainment was last the center of national and international scorn. You may remember 2018’s Crown Jewel event, broadcast live from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia exactly one month after the state carried out the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal…

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The Owen Hart Police Report Is a Chilling Reminder of WWE’s History with Worker Safety

Earlier this month, when the coronavirus pandemic and the safety measures designed to slow its spread started threatening not just pro wrestling, but the live event business in general, WWE’s public stance was curious. The situation did escalate quickly, but WWE’s initial defiance in the face of the novel coronavirus…

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