Only the Gimmick has enough power to take on big Vince
Thu, 17 August 2006
by: The Gimmick
Email the Author
Loving family man, or evil business man? Patriot or scoundrel? These two questions were asked right at the top of a new 2 disc DVD released by WWE (and published by Shock) simply entitled: McMahon. This is the story of the chairman of the WWE, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and it is up to you to answer those two questions. Hello, my name is Gimmick (also known as prisoner # 902714.") and I will be with you to dissect this brand new release all about the life and times of the CEO of WWE and, as many believe, the creator of Sports Entertainment as we know it. Let's take a look at disc one shall we? Good, cos you've got no choice really!
OK, the main feature on this is about as close as we will probably get to Vince 'shooting' - unless he releases an auto biography, which seems highly unlikely. It starts from his beginnings as the son of legendary wrestling promoter Vincent J McMahon and grandson of promoter Jess McMahon, through to his start in the business and eventually the creation of his billion dollar empire: WWE. It goes into detail about various subjects, like the bitter Monday Night Wars with WCW, his failed attempt with the XFL and his thoughts on his daughter Stephanie and her marriage to Triple H. (Yes it was real!).
It also touches on perhaps the moment that changed wrestling forever and some say the greatest feud in history. No, I'm not talking about Steve Lombardi and Paul Roma, I'm talking about Vince's grudge with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. How the bad blood started (both on and off the screen), what it meant to both men and how each man feels about each other now that the dust has, seemingly, settled.
|Always try to make your tie match your title belt |
But the biggest question of all is; how do Vince McMahon and Mr. McMahon differentiate both in the arena and also behind the scenes? In other words, are they one in the same? Vince himself provides some answers to those questions, as do his entire family and also many wrestling personalities. What's more, they are surprisingly candid and truthful in some places.
The other topics touched on are varied and well done, but I think the most fun is looking back on all the antics Mr. McMahon has provided us over the years, including a huge look back on his "dysfunctional family". Very funny stuff!
The extras consist of little interviews and stories of "the boss" and also deleted scenes containing, among others, the origin of the famous walk. It also has the match from 13/4/98 RAW against Steve Austin and the hilarious video from the 1987 Slammy Awards: Stand Back. Nostalgic and hilarious at the same time! Ok, class, take a break and be back here ASAP.
Good to see you came back, I won't keep you for too much longer - I have some illegal activities to attend too real soon, so let's get to it. You didn't hear that from either, OK? Good. Now then, this DVD is full of matches that have both changed the face of wrestling and changed the perception that people have of the once mild mannered Vince McMahon. It's hard for some people to believe now that before Vince became Mr. McMahon, he was an announcer and never let on that he was in fact the owner of the then World Wrestling Federation.
For people like me, who have watched him for 20+ years, this disc is a concise and incredible reminder of how much things have changed. I remember on an old TV taping, where fellow commentator Jesse Ventura challenged broadcast partner Vince McMahon to a match and than smugly laughed it off, as did I and I'm sure, 99.9% of the audience as well. Looking back now though, as the matches on this DVD show, Vince vs. "The Body" may not have been so one sided a bout as was originally thought. Here are the list of matches that grace disc two:
|The best wrestling referee since Danny Davis |
1. Steel Cage Match: 14/2/99 - Mr. McMahon Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
(The debut of the Big Show, and also conceivably Vince's nastiest bump ever!)
2. Handicap Ladder Match: 27/6/99 - Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
(For control of the WWE. Who did raise that briefcase?)
3. No Holds Barred Match: 12/12/99 - Mr. McMahon Vs Triple H
(The infamous turn by Stephanie and the beginning of the McMahon - Helmsley era)
4. Street Fight: 1/4/01 - Mr. McMahon Vs Shane McMahon
(The miracle of early McMahon-ism. Linda Walks!!!!!)
5. Street Fight: 20/1/02 - Mr. McMahon Vs Ric Flair
(Another battle for WWE. Maybe I should fight him for it next time!)
6. Mr. McMahon Vs Hulk Hogan - 30/3/03
(Dr. Frankenstein Vs The Monster, and just as bloody.)
7. I Quit Match: 19/10/03 - Mr. McMahon Vs Stephanie McMahon
(Daddy's little girl becomes daddy's Little punching bag.)
8. Buried Alive Match: 16/11/03 - Mr. McMahon Vs The Undertaker
(Who doesn't enjoy a good burial. Plus lots of blood!)
So there you have it, the DVD Vince wanted you all to see. In my opinion it is a great look back on what Vince has done right for the business. There are some wrong decisions touched on (Can you say Katie Vick?), but you didn't expect it to be too negative did you? As I said it's well worth a look, even if you just want to see Vince get the crap beaten out of him.
Wrestling is real, everything else is fake!
by: The Gimmick
Email the Author
More articles by The Gimmick
The McMahon DVD is informative and entertaining at the same time, which is always good. Class dismissed! Eat your heart out Matt Striker!