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When Vince McMahon Dies by JoeMan

When Vince McMahon Dies by JoeMan


Wrestling as a whole owes a lot to Vincent Kennedy McMahon. He changed the way the world watched Pro Wrestling. He has his faults and is apparently really hard to work for and he’s also 66 years old. That is not a humorously old age or anything, but it’s just old enough to ask the question; “What happens to the WWE when he dies?”

The short answer is… a bunch of stuff. I will try to be a little more detailed than that here, at the same time trying to leave the immediate financial impact it has on the company out of it. After the mourning period of his death the first thing that would need to be addressed is who would be his successor? Many assume at this point it will be his son-in-law Triple H. So if we can all agree on this, the next question is; What kind of leader of the company would he be? & Would he actually own the company?

The owning of the company is very important. It gives him total control. If he shares it with his wife then he would still manage to have most of the power within the company. Let’s assume Shane McMahon gets a piece of the pie, but sells it off to his sister, Hunter Hearst Helmsley would now be in TOTAL control of a billion dollar company. That is important. For all of the broadening of the company Vince has been doing with movies and what not, with Triple H in charge, the immediate expansion is likely to stop. In real life there is a board of directors which he would still need to answer to and I am sure they will not trust him with furthering the brand in that aspect, initially that is.

This is a good thing. It gives Hunter a chance to build the wrestling product back up. Wrestling has a history of having rating swoons. Every so often the ratings go sky high for a couple of years then it comes back down to earth. With no upward swoon in sight the WWE sure can use one. One side of reports show that Triple H likes big muscle heads like Vince does and others say he is about Pro Wrestling not Sports Entertainment. If your reading this, chances are you are a Pro Wrestling fan, as am I. With that being said, HHH will more than likely try some kind of a hybrid approach when it comes to the wrestling programs he produces.

With the WWE Network on the horizon there has been talk of the Tag Team Division coming back in full swing. There’s also small rumblings of them going after smaller wrestlers. Maybe to bring back a Cruiserweight Division to add a show to the network or maybe so they can fire them 3 months later. I can’t tell for sure. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say he realizes that the network needs programing. Like Tag Team Tuesdays and Light Weight Lineups or some other nonsense like that. If you’re a Pro Wrestling guy this is good news. Whether or not he and the rest of the brass push those brands like they do RAW is anyone’s guess at this point. Building a brand that’s new is hard work and takes lots of time. I am sure Hunter has a good work ethic, but is he willing to build brands he might not really care for?

Politics will mean more than anything, initially. Hunter has a little power now and he has already brought back some of his friends. In the beginning of his reign of power I would expect much of the same. That’s how he grew to power himself. Like, love it, or hate it, brown-nosing has been part of the game for a long time now. “Company” guys who already know better are safe, but Indy guys who have come on lately and have not been the huge ratings draws us marks hoped for are in trouble. Think of it this way; If you’re the boss and you have 2 guys who draw the same ratings, one of which is kind of high maintenance and the other tows the company line, who you are going to push? CM Punk is great, but his ratings and inability in REAL life to get along with management could land him in the Impact Zone. Wrestlers by nature don’t want each other to succeed. Just because you put one in a suit, don’t think it changes a thing.

We can only speculate what happens when Vincent Kennedy McMahon dies. Even when you do, everything you could speculate on would depend on when he actually died. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rooting for his death. That would be horrible. I am however rooting for a fresh new mind for the business. A different approach. When you have been as successful as Vince, it’s hard to change your ways when new times come in. You already believe in the business model you built and that it would work again. Let’s hope whoever takes over the company has the visionary aspirations as Vince did for such a long time while being able to adapt to new times. Get the WWE’s hands out of so many different pockets and bring them back into the wrestling business. Maybe I am just wishing or pleading here. Either way, wrestling as we know it would be different, and maybe in a good way.

  1. Rob
    January 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

    The worse case scenario would be if Triple H and Stephanie just sold the company and cashed in. WWE would ceast to exist and then what?

    • January 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      It’s a good thing Shane left when he did because I think he would have sold the company for sure.

  2. Crazy Train
    January 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Question: What happens if he lives to be something like 86 yrs old? Thats twenty years away. Twenty years with the same product is a bit bogus to me. No offense, but guys like The Rock, Austin, Jericho, HBK, Undertaker will just be legends. They’re returns wont mean anything anymore. There will be no Flair, no Hogan, none of that. I’m 29 and these were guys I grew up with. The guys now dont give off the same impact as they did in the past. Wrestling today is a total downgrade of what it used to be. Do not be surprised if the product is sold or goes into some sort of legal battle with Shane.

    The point I’m making is I dont see wrestling getting better. In twenty years Cena will be in his 40’s. So when he leaves, wheres the start power then. I guess in afirness we will have to wait and see because thats twenty years away but I dont see wrestling having the same impact on me as it did in the 90’s.

    Great article. Its such a crazy thing to think about. What will wrestling be like in 20 years?

    • January 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I think I will still be watching 20 years from now, but it won’t be the same without the legends from my childhood still around. The new legends will be the Orton’s and Cena’s of the world. Looking at wrestling in the next 20 years might just be a good article to write. Will try to remember that one for the future.

  3. Vince McMahon
    January 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I will never die.

  4. Stevie Wonder's Nutsack
    January 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Vince should hand WWE over to Michael Cole when he dies.

  5. Lee
    January 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’m sure Vince McMahon has a team of reliable people who he will give the reigns to not just Stephanie and her husband. To give that kind of power to just two people would be disastrous. Plus stockholders would also have a say in WWE’s future. Some of them might not see a future in wrestling without Vince so they might dump stocks in fear of a decline in business. WWE would go bankrupt if that happened.

    • January 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I would hate to live in a world where there is no WWE, but then again companies like ROH and TNA might step up and take over.

  6. Capt. Smooth
    January 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I’m not worried. We all know Vince will commission a robotic body that he can attach his brain to. WM 50 will have Robo-Vince vs. Robo-Austin.

    • January 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      HA, now that would be fucking awesome!

      • January 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        when are you bringing back “Question of the day”?

        • January 21, 2012 at 3:47 am

          I’ll do some soon just haven’t been feeling “it” lately. Writing weekly reviews can do that to me.

      • Capt. Smooth
        January 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

        I’d pay!

        • January 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

          Lol, yeah right.

          • Capt. Smooth
            January 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

            For robot wrestling? I would.

            • January 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

              I thought you meant for Question Of The Day, lol.

              • Capt. Smooth
                January 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

                A penny.

    • January 21, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Like I said in THE REAL RAW SHYT, the stikes seemed to work, but then again while SOPA is dead PIPE is alive and well and now there’s a new SOPA like bill but it’s more fine tuned on pirate sites than the internet as a whole.

      FBI shutdown MegaUpload for carrying lots of illegal files so the day after the strikes so that proves that they don’t need any bill to pass to shutdown sites that harbor illegal files they have jest been too lazy to do anything about it.

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