Is Vince Mcmahon really a wrestling Genius?
by, 12-12-2010 at 08:02 PM (6218 Views)
We all know Vince Mcmahon is responsible for bringing pro wrestling into the mainstream media, and that he ruthless tactics enabled him to grow the business and bring its fans countless hours of entertainment. But, is vince still a wrestling genius, better yet, has he been a wrestling genius since the 1990s? Vince brought the WWF/E to staggering heights in the 1980s by securing television deals, raiding other organizations talents, putting his product on PPV, ect. He was able to bring in numerous entertainers to be guess hosts during his wrestlmania's which also brought in coverage from the mainstream media. He built an empire with pure genius.
Now during the 1990s, vince seemed to have gotten a bit complacent. It could have been due to the steroid scandal (which pretty much why we had a Bret Hart or Shawn Micheals, because without the scandal, Vince would still have been pushing only huge muscle bound wrestlers). The product was not as good in the early 90s as it was in the late 80s. Imo, looking back, the new generation era was good...not great.
Then the monday night wars began with WCW. WCW was able to kick the WWF/E's ass for the better part of one and a half years. Vince was treading water at this point. Vince really didn't have an answer for WCW, inswtead he went on television literally crying and saying "why can't we both just co-exist" (kinda sucks when somebody else is raiding your talents and putting you outta business huh vince).
This is were most people really get pure luck confused for Vince's genius...the creation of Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Austin-Mcmahon war. Austin became Stone cold pretty much during the king of the ring tourney where he first used the phrase "Austin 316", but originally Austin was never suppose to win. HHH was suppose to win but he was being punished for the curtain call, Austin was then just thrown into the position to be a last minute filler. It was kismet that HHH was being punished because Vince didn't really see the potential Austin had until the crowd reacted to his phrase and kept doing so.
The other act of pure luck was the fact that Bret Hart took a shot at vince backstage during the 97 survivor series which was documented in brets DVD...therefore it became public. Now Vince was a "heel" due to this and could not act that he was onlt an announcer for WWF/E, but the actual owner...which led to the Austin-Mcmahon era.
Imo, vince hasn't been a wrestling genius for a good two decades...he, however, had/has a huge lucky horseshoe stuck up his ass and has been carrying him through rough patches. For god sakes...he beat the United States government in court during the steroid scandal!!!