If you’re one of the many who believe Stephanie McMahon’s character on WWE television is actively detrimental to the wrestlers she comes into contact with, well, you might wants to blame her father, Vince McMahon, for it. That’s based on comments made by former WWE writer Kevin Eck in a recent appearance on the PWTorch Livecast:
“My experience was she was not very hands-on at all. For better or worse, that’s the way we wrote her and that’s the way I think Vince perceived her character is the way it was presented on TV. Certainly, she had Creative input, but she was really open to just about anything we pitched for her. She was very open to ideas. Hunter was more of a micro-manager when it came how Steph’s character was perceived. It’s not like she demanded to the writing team that I have to be this woman who humiliates everyone. I think Vince sees it as how she gets her heat. You can argue whether or not that cuts characters off at the knees or is detrimental to them, but I think that’s the way Vince sees that character, and that’s how she gets heat by emasculating people, and you want to root for her to get her comeuppance. That’s the way he sees it. I don’t think there’s any ulterior motives as to, ‘Well, it’s just about getting Stephanie over at the expense of talent.’ That was never my perception of how she was presented.”
This makes sense, in a way. Stephanie runs down a babyface wrestler and gets heat because of it. The issue, of course, is how said babyface wrestler gets one up on her in return. The only real option is to prove her wrong, much like her continuously running down Daniel Bryan as something less than a top star only for Bryan to defeat her husband, Triple H, en route to winning the WWE world heavyweight championship in the main event of WrestleMania 30.
That’s the best we’re going to get, at least as far as the men are concerned.
To be fair to Stephanie, she’s done things like allow herself to get thrown into a pool of muck on Raw. But it sure does seem like she comes out ahead on most of her interactions.
If we’re to believe Eck, however, we should be blaming Vince for that.