Ever since the McMahon Family made their return to WWE television as the all-seeing all-knowing bosses of the company, I’ve found myself a bit confused. That isn’t anything out of the ordinary, as most things in the Year of Our Lord 2019 strike me as befuddling. Allow me to explain the source of this bout of confusion.
I’ve experienced all the incarnations of Vincent Kennedy McMahon as a WWE performer. I’ve watched his early announcing work where he did his best impression of Howard Cosell while calling wrestling matches. As we moved into the 80s & 90s, he shifted into a routine as a happy go lucky carnival barker. After the Montreal Screwjob, he shifted into his most famous persona of Mr. McMahon, the evil boss that would do anything to get back at rebellious wrestlers while knowing that the fans would keep coming back anyway. He knew what they wanted better than they did.
Twenty years have passed, and now Vince is portrayed as a doddering old man. His on-air appearances don’t have the same zip they used to. He’s lost a step. His fastball isn’t what it used to be. Whatever phrase you want to throw out there. I’ve been wondering why they would trot him out there as often as they are right now. Vince has always been about doing whatever to get a reaction, but at this point in his life where he seemingly can’t give you what you need out of an evil authority figure, why?
For heaven’s sake, Baron Corbin was cutting better evil authority promos!
One popular theory is that Vince is portraying what the Internet Wrestling Fan thinks Vince McMahon is in 2019. You don’t have to look too far to find a take saying Vince is out of touch. It’s one of the few things a lot of us can agree on. We all blame Vince & Kevin Dunn for the things on WWE television we don’t like, while crediting Triple H or anybody else we can think of with the stuff we do like. I mean, maybe that’s the idea. After thinking about it for awhile, I’m starting to think there’s something more to it.
Everybody knows that Vince shares many characteristics with the current President of the United States. That’s why he & Donald Trump have been such great friends over the years. They have a lot in common. Their families have a lot in common too. I’m seeing a lot of similarities in how the McMahons are currently being portrayed on television with how the Trumps are portrayed on television, books, social media & other outlets. Am I crazy here?
Well, probably. But here’s what I’m seeing…
Vince McMahon = Donald Trump
- Both make decisions at the drop of a hat without much thought of the consequences.
- Both push their ideas well past their sell-by date.
- They yell & scream at anybody that disagrees with them, on television or not.
- Both have a ton of people that love them, and a ton of people that hate them.
Stephanie McMahon = Melania/Ivanka Trump
- Both are used to put an attractive face on their families’ less than attractive policies.
- “Be Best” = “Be A Star”
- Both seek to be positive female role models surrounded by a tradition of non-positive female portrayals.
- They have influence, but people wonder how they’re really using it.
Triple H = Jared Kushner
- Both are ambitious sons-in-law that have eclipsed their brothers-in-law in the pecking order.
- Both have a strong relationship with The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Salman, allowing their administrations to turn a blind eye to controversy surrounding the Kingdom.
This isn’t a perfect comparison, I admit. Triple H has much more experience and knowledge when it comes to wrestling than Kushner does when it comes to government.
Shane McMahon = Donald Trump Jr.
- Both are presumptive heirs to the throne, but find themselves on the outside looking in.
- Both have a popularity with their base that is somewhat inexplicable to outsiders. Donald with his extreme right-wing views, Shane with his extreme approach to wrestling.
- Both are very loyal to their family.
XFL = The Wall
- Both have been promised to fans for years on end.
- Both have some supporters dying to see them come to fruition.
- There doesn’t seem to be much of a need for either, but they both keep getting pushed & have support from a small, loud amount of people.
The McMahons & Trumps have always had a ton in common. Why wouldn’t that continue? Could WWE’s creative staff be looking at the newspapers & social media when writing the McMahon characters & storylines? I’d say so!
I’m not really sure where Kofi Kingston & the New Day fit into all of this, but I’m sure there’s a reason for Vince’s irrational dislike for them here somewhere.