Vince McMahon is a bit eccentric. There, I said it.
One of the more bizarre stories to have come out about Vince over the years is his hatred of anyone near him sneezing.
On last week’s episode of AEW: Dynamite, new signing Brodie Lee appeared to parody McMahon in a segment which included Lee getting very upset about someone sneezing.
On the most recent episode of the Arn Podcast, former WWE and current AEW star Arn Anderson discussed the segment, and also his experience of people sneezing near McMahon.
“I saw it happen and I thought it was a rib at first. The look the person got, it was like ‘Okay, I’m not in on the joke, they’re setting me up.’ If you could have seen fire or a dagger coming out of somebody’s eyes, it would’ve come out of Vince’s eyes. As I saw things, a person coughing, sneezing or maybe they just came in the door and looked bad, sweating or pale, and the looks that they got, I had a whole different mentality and thought process on that, he would look at these people like he wanted them dead.
“It was like, ‘good God, get them out of here and put them in a trash bin and put it on fire!”
Interestingly, Anderson believes sneezing should have been seen as a positive thing, rather than a negative one, as it proves you are dedicated to turning up to work.
“It should’ve been looked at that these people that are as sick as they can be have drugged themselves in there to a meeting so that you never miss a shot,” Anderson said. “That’s a rule in our business, you always make the show no matter what. You would think he would be thankful that these people were in there and the fact that they’re not making themselves cough, they’re not doing it voluntarily, they’re not sneezing voluntarily, matter of fact sneezing hurts.
“Rather than look at these people as being dedicated and doing the right thing and doing everything they can to be there, sick or not, you’re looked at in a different way. Negatively. Never got that but it’s part of the psyche of the more you start to put the pieces together, the more you start to figure out what a guys mentality is. I started to understand it.”
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the quotes.