WWE's Stephanie McMahon, their Executive Vice President of Creative, has gotten a bad rap over the years. To be fair, a lot of the criticism was wholly justified, as she was hopelessly in over her head when she became the company's head writer in 2000, unfairly ousting the much more versatile Chris Kreski from that position because she wanted his job. The television product quickly took a turn for the worse, partly due to Steph's inexperience, and WWE lost most of the viewers that they had gained during the Attitude Era boom, never to return again.
Not only did the quality of the storylines drop, but it was matched by a more tense work environment on the creative team. Her underlings quickly learned to fear the wrath of Stephanie, as she made a habit of dressing them down for "acting like marks" or failing to show the desired commitment to the WWE cause.
However, that steely grit was necessary in order to control a bunch of backstabbing sycophants that secretly badmouthed her behind her back, whilst she learnt on the job. More importantly, Stephanie also had to prove to her father Vince that she had more balls than her brother Shane and thus was the heir that most deserved the keys to the castle whenever he should decide to retire or reduce his duties.
Between her main rival to the family throne now being out of the picture and giving birth to three daughters, thankfully Steph has mellowed out in her later years and her horror stories have dried up. Nowadays it seems that she is more interested in stopping the bullying epidemic that effects children today than being a bullying boss in her own workplace.
Though we at Cageside Seats have been sceptical about the integrity of WWE's anti-bullying initiatives like Be A Star, Stephanie went a long way to dispel our concerns today with the following tweet supporting gay marriage, at a time when the Supreme Court has a chance to rule against the discriminatory Proposition 8 and the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA):
"Editorial Board: Supreme Court must strike down #Prop8 and #DOMA http://wapo.st/14r0u6j " People should be free to marry who they love.
It's highly refreshing to see a wrestling executive so freely stand up for equality when their hand isn't forced because one of their performers is silly enough to use gay slurs in public in this day and age. Even though this low profile tweet was picked up by the local Washington news, it doesn't feel like it was done for PR purposes and seemed to genuinely come from the heart, a rarity in this business.
Maybe it's time to start reconsidering the conventional wisdom that Stephanie is an evil billion dollar princess who gets a kick out of making her writing staff's lives hell, Cagesiders?
By the way, there's no update yet on whether or not Stephanie McMahon will appear in Triple H's corner at WrestleMania 29. We'll likely have to wait until Monday Night Raw to find out for sure.