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|~ Mr. McMahon's most famous catchphrase.|
|“||I'm Vince McMahon, dammit!||„|
|~ Mr. McMahon's other famous catchphrase.|
Vince McMahon is a businessman and pro wrestler who has served as the Chairman and Owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE (previously the World Wrestling Federation before 2002), since 1982. He is a frequent antagonist on WWE programming (in fact, he's considered for all intents and purposes the main antagonist of the franchise). He is known as a stereotypical corrupt "evil" boss who abuses his power and often bullies many of his own employees. His role as an antagonist began in 1997 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view during the infamous real-life incident known as the "Montreal Screwjob", where he screwed WWF Champion Bret "The Hitman" Hart out of the title. He has had notable feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, D-Generation X, The Undertaker, and many others.
As a villain, he is most noted for cheating his own system, bringing vengeance upon those who don't follow his corporate views, and using his wealth and status to buy loyal underlings (AKA The Corporate Team).
- One of the main reasons why Vince McMahon is still to this day considered a villain in WWE (kayfabe and in real life) is because of his politics on WWE, and his status as the chairman and primary owner of WWE, which upsets many fans due to Vince's poor decisions (which have often been made solely for his own benefit as well as his amusement), with fans wanting him to retire.
- Another reason for the fans' antipathy toward McMahon is that, as part of his expansion of WWE over the years since 1982, he systematically destroyed professional wrestling's old pre-1990s territory system and all of his major competition from that period in his desire to make WWE the only major wrestling promotion in North America. As part of that, Vince has, to this day, been accused of frequently interfering with and undermining any rival promotions by:
- Stealing their best talent and locking them into exclusive long-term contracts to keep them away from other promotions and make his rivals look "minor league" by comparison after decimating their rosters
- Buying out rival promotions and moving into their territory
- Locking major arenas into exclusive contracts with WWE to feature only WWE wrestling events and no other promotions
- Stealing rival promotions' television time to deny them TV exposure
- Running pay-per-view and other major events simultaneously with the events of rival companies to deliberately sabotage the rival events (one of the most infamous examples of this happened in 1987 when McMahon, who found out that chief rival Jim Crockett Promotions, the NWA's flagship promotion, was planning to debut its flagship event Starrcade on pay-per-view on Thanksgiving night that year, sabotaged Starrcade's PPV debut by coming up with the Survivor Series at the last minute and scheduling it directly against Starrcade, then coercing PPV providers into carrying his event by threatening to withhold future WWF pay-per-views from any provider that chose to carry Starrcade)
- Stealing the ideas of rival promoters, tweaking them slightly and then claiming them as his own