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Triple H says Vince McMahon deserves credit for being more than an ‘evil tyrant businessman’

Vince McMahon to Triple H: "You've still got a lot to learn, pal"
Vince McMahon to Triple H: “You’ve still got a lot to learn, pal”
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This Triple H quote, transcribed by Fightful from an interview with Toronto radio personalities The Roz & Mocha, is making the rounds. It’s as a comment on the Netflix documentary series on Vince McMahon that was announced last fall, and how the WWE Chairman & CEO had to be talked into it because he didn’t think the audience wanted to know his story.

Which is noteworthy, and highlights Vince’s dichotomous nature - he’s humble enough to be willing to humiliate himself to get his talent over, but arrogant enough to want to control every aspect of his company’s business.

Personally, though, I find the kicker to be the best part:

“Prior to now, Vince was always hesitant to do it. With Vince, he really doesn’t see himself - while Mr. McMahon is one of the most epic characters ever, he doesn’t see himself as part of the programming. When you ask him about those things, he goes, ‘Nobody is interested in me. They want to know about the stars and performers.’

The truth is, they do [want to know about Vince]. The most difficult thing with Vince’s life is making it succinct. Every chapter of his life is a whole other unbelievable story. His story is amazing, all the things he’s been through, the trials and tribulations of getting to where he is. No one gives him the credit, they just see this billion-dollar global empire he’s created and see him as the evil tyrant businessman.”

There are definitely people who only see Vince as an “evil tyrant businessman”. I’d go so far as to say the majority of wrestling fans would agree that two or three of those words should be used when describing Mr. McMahon.

But the idea that he doesn’t get any credit for how he became the most important figure in wrestling history is laughable. Even his most ardent detractors, the folks who believe he has no positive impact on the business today, tip their cap to his chutzpah, his drive, his work ethic, his negotiating skill... something. He may be a third generation promoter, but I’ve never heard anyone accuse Vincent Kennedy McMahon of coasting off the family name or resting on his laurels.

Criticism of Vince is easy to find, but this is not a guy who gets “no credit”.

Will he get more, or less after the Netflix doc he didn’t think people were interested in? We’ll find out whenever it arrives, I reckon.

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