WWE commentators not only have Vince McMahon in their ear during broadcasts telling them what and what not to say, but the boss will also lecture them if they slip up at any point during the show.
While speaking to Prime Time’s Sean Mooney, Raw and Smackdown commentator Corey Graves recalled a time where Vince McMahon shouted at him through the headset during a live WWE TV broadcast:
“The first time he reprimanded me for anything, I was on camera. It’s different when you’re not on camera, you can kinda play it naturally and acknowledge it. But when you’re staring at the lights, and all of a sudden Vince is yelling at you in your ear, it’s like really hard to keep your composure and keep your train of thought, and I’m pretty sure when it happened, I just locked up in the middle of a sentence, because it was like ‘oh no, I’m dead! What’s happening?”
Unfortunately, Graves did not recall the exact incident which led to Vince shouting at him.
Graves would go on to say that he has now earned Vince McMahon’s trust, meaning the boss gives him more leeway to say what he wants:
“It just trumps everything that’s going on in the world. I think I’ve been doing it long enough now with him that he’s comfortable with me, and I think I have sorta earned his trust, and a lot of times he gives me plenty of rope to kind of work with, and do my own thing. I think he gets that I generally understand the story, even if I don’t know where we’re going with it, which I try not to know. So I think I’ve earned his trust to a point, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still moments where I’ll say something and he’ll, you know, I can’t necessarily repeat what he says to me all the time, but it’s definitely an experience. It was definitely hard to get used to, but now I think I am as used to it as I will ever get.”
According to reports, the only person that Vince McMahon won’t yell at during TV tapings is WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler. It seems like apart from “The King”, nobody is safe from the wrath of Vince McMahon.