There have been numerous bizarre stories about Vince McMahon that have come out during his time in charge of WWE that perfectly capture the fact that there is, quite literally, no other human being that operates the same way he does.
From his famous hatred of sneezing, to his dislike of scarves, to him not knowing what a burrito was, but a new story told by AEW star Matt Hardy may have taken the cake.
Matt spoke about the lead up to his match with Edge at the 2005 SummerSlam event on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, going into detail about McMahon’s mindset heading into the event.
Hardy spoke about how Vince made sure that the two men didn’t take liberties with each other, given the real life hostility between the two men.
“Vince McMahon in his mind, he was worried there’s going to be tension between myself and Edge. So he called us into his office and he was going to sit us down and talk to us, and also let us know how he wanted the finish of this match to go specifically, in detail. So we walk into the room, and we were getting along good at this time. You know, there were moments where there was some tension, obviously. But Vince was going to talk to us both and make sure to lay down the law, so to say. So I remember myself and Adam, we go we sit in there, there’s a couch across from his chair, and we’re sitting on opposite ends of the couch. You know, there’s probably four feet between us. We’re sitting and the first thing Vince says, he says, ‘Adam, Matt, you know, the WWE is my company, right?’ He says, ‘You know that this event, SummerSlam, is my event that I created, right? We both go, ‘Yes.’ He says, ‘You know that I have rented this venue for the night, right? So this is basically my arena. Do you understand that?’ We go, ‘Yes.’ He said, you know, that wrestling ring out there? That is my wrestling ring. Do you understand that?’ He said, ‘I’m going to tell you about this right now. If either one of you go out there tonight and try and take liberties with each other, if you try and intentionally hurt one another, I am the most powerful man in this industry. I promise you neither one of you will ever work a day in this industry again. Do you understand?’ We go, ‘Yeah, sure. ‘We understand,'”
Hardy continued on, speaking about Vince’s idea for how the match would go. Vince went into detail about his study on psychology, and how it’s natural human instinct to want to eat someone weaker than you.
“Vince continues, “‘Okay, with that being said, I want to get into the psychology behind this match tonight. So it’s not going to be a long match. I want to portray this as an MMA fight. This is like a UFC fight, right? I don’t want to see any hokey wrestling bulls**t. [This] is going to be like a brawl a fight short and effective. Matt’s in here, he’s kicking the s**t out of you. You’re real piece of s**t, Adam, so Matt kicks your ass the whole match. Then, you’ve got some spot, right? You’ve got some spot picked out where Edge hits a lucky move and then Matt hits the post, right? All of a sudden, his face is a crimson mask, and he’s bleeding all over, and that’s where you are able to take the advantage, is that the spot you guys have?’ ‘Yeah, that’s what we have.’ We told him in detail this what we were talking about doing, and he said, ‘Okay, great.’ I’m gonna explain something to both of you right now, this is really what I want to see. This is basic psychology. This might sound crazy to you. But I have done many, many studies in the basic psychology of human beings and animals. He said, ‘Have you ever seen two animals in the wild — in the Wild Kingdom, when they’re going to fight one another? Have you ever seen one animal wound another animal? When it wounds that animal and the animal starts bleeding, and it smells the blood, it gets bigger, It swells up, it [growling noise], and it just wants to kill the other animal? Do you know what I’m talking about?’ He said, ‘Listen to me, these are your primal instincts. This might sound crazy, but when two animals — the primal instincts kick in and survival kicks in, and it’s their basic primal instincts, and we all have them, even as human beings. If you see someone weaker than you, you see someone that’s crippled or in a wheelchair, deep down your primal instinct, you want to destroy them, you want to eat them, you want to eat them alive! That is what we do. That is what human beings do to one another. That is our basic primal instincts. When you look at a primal human being and the psychology behind it, that is our instincts. You want to take the person who’s weaker than you, that is below you in the food chain, and you want to f**king EAT THEM! Do you understand?! That’s what I want to see out of this match,”
Vincent Kennedy McMahon, ladies and gentlemen. There will truly be another like him.
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