Shane McMahon: Vince McMahon Would Always Shove People Into Pool After Meetings
It reminds me of the John Cleese scene in Time Bandits: after distributing stolen loot to the various peasants who visited his camp, Robin Hood (Cleese) would have one of his men punch each peasant in the jaw. Shane McMahon has a similar story about his dad, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, which the son related on Mick Foley's podcast on Monday.
Shane McMahon, who returned to the WWE on Monday following a seven-year absence, says that his dad and creative consultant Pat Patterson liked to shove people into the pool at his house after meetings.
“I grew up learning the psychology of the business from two of the greatest minds in it, which was my dad and Pat Patterson," the younger McMahon said. "Just sitting and listening. They would always work by the pool under the little cabana at my house. Part of the rib is everybody would have to come see them, if they had a meeting or had to do other things.
“Pat would always set it up that way and whomever it was always ended up in the pool. Once they got everything out of that person, they’d be so scatterbrained and they’d say, ‘Hey, are you hungry?’ or whatever … that person would end up in the pool.”
Vince McMahon announced today that WWE Smackdown is going live on the USA Network on Tuesday nights, marking a new era for the company. Now, both Raw and SmackDown will feature their own seperate rosters and rivalries, and will begin with a superstar draft. It's like MLB splitting into American and National Leagues.
"WWE's flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV," McMahon said. “This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.”
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