7. Yelling At Bob Costas – On The Record 2001
You know what Vince is super good at, taking criticism. He’s an absolute master of just letting his tension and frustration roll right off his back, and creating a calm and peaceful environment for calm and reasoned debate.
Not a single word of that is true of course, as you’d know if you’ve ever seen Vince get grilled in an interview, and we have a perfect trilogy for you here today.
First up, Vince’s appearance on Bob Costas’ On The Record in 2001 and fist in the mouth, bum clenchingly awkward interview where Bob talks to Vince about the failure of the XFL and the controversial Trish barks like a dog segment.
Bob interrupts Vince a few times, which is up there with flicking a lion in the eye in terms of good ideas and Vince gets noticeably pissed, leaning forward in his chair, jabbing a finger in Bob’s face, even doing a not at all veiled standup routine about how this was the Bob Costas Interrupt program.
A thick vein of tension runs throughout the entire segment with Vince upping the ante and professing to be having fun, all while staying right up in Bob’s grill, ending on a handshake with so much macho squeezing behind it that Bob Costas actually briefly stops speaking mid-sentence, that’s how much Vince is trying to break his hand. Big old weirdo.
6. Vince McMahon Mocks Jim Ross – Raw (June 11, 2012)
Why does Vince hate Jim Ross so much? Maybe he doesn’t hate him, maybe he actually loves him and this is how Vince shows his love, like a big daddy psycho.
From shifting JR’s brand live on TV without telling him, to the Dr. Heiney nonsense, to just straight up repeatedly firing the man, it’s such a weird relationship the two men have, where one will just do his job, and the other will repeatedly be a massive wang to him at each and every opportunity, the worst of which being a segment Vince shared with Hornswoggle, his former son, on an episode of Raw on June 11, 2012.
I guess ‘losing his s**t’ would be a fairly generous term for what happens next, but it’s certainly a bizarre glimpse into the real-life psyche of a corporate manager who’s in total control of what his company broadcasts actually choosing to broadcast this.
It’s almost as baffling as Vince choosing to broadcast himself saying the n-word back in 2005, except this moment can still be found on the network.
Vince puts a Jim Ross-style cowboy hat on, shouts Stone Cold Stone Cold in the trademark JR way, but not before pulling his face into a rictus grimace specifically designed to mock Ross’s bells palsy.
Again, not so much a blowup, but WHAT AN INSANE THING TO PUT ON A TV SHOW IN 2012.
5. Don’t Put Words In Vince’s Mouth – Inside Edition 1998
Part two of the Vince McMahon has absolutely no chill when it comes to interviewers trilogy, this time for a segment back in 1998.
1998 was the year that wrestling truly returned to the mainstream, with the Attitude Era becoming insanely popular with teens and young adults especially.
The flipside of that new popularity was a string of worried thought pieces from new stations wondering what this meant for the nation’s youth, including this one from Inside Edition.
During the interview, Vince performs a bit more of the clearly very rattled and annoyed but playing it off as overly-jovial routine that Bob Costas took both barrels off.
When the interview suggests ‘you’re telling people this is kind of behavior is ok’ he shouts, with a genuinely unsettling smile on his face, “don’t tell me what I’m saying, you want to ask me, I’ll tell you what I’m saying,” before leaning forward and saying one more time, insane grin intact “don’t tell me what I’m saying”.
Later, when the host is listing all of the content (including the number of times The Godfather brought prostitutes to the ring, Vince says “woah woah, you wanna play here, I’m ready to play, I’ve got no problem playing with ya” and honestly I don’t know what Vince thinks playing is, but I’m guessing he’s not referring to board games.
4. Vince McMahon Calls Brock Lesnar An A**hole – WrestleMania 34
A recent bit of real-life drama, a mere three years ago at WrestleMania 34, everyone’s favorite feud that refuses to go away Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns played out in the main event of the show of shows, and to call it a catastrophe would be to give catastrophe’s a bad name.
The match stank out the joint with fans pelting it with chants of boring, and soundly booing a vast chunk of the action.
You know who doesn’t take kindly to being booed, that would be Brocktopus Q Lesnarpus, who, when faced with a similar about of hostility he’d faced and responded well to at WrestleMania XX, stormed backstage after pinning Reigns and, on camera for the documentary crew to see, threw the belt across the room, landing on Vince’s desk in Gorilla.
Vince, shaken, manages to get out a single scream of A**hole, before Brock’s gone, back to the cave where he keeps his deer carcasses, hunting rifles and Sables.
It’s rare to see a moment when Vince is one of the least crazy people in the room, but still a rare on-camera moment of Vince losing his cool.