McMahon (documentary)


McMahon (documentary)

Infobox_Film
name = McMahon

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producer = Vince McMahon
country = United States
language = English
distributor = WWE Home Video
runtime = 360 min
released = 2006
imdb_id= 0865361|

"McMahon" is a DVD produced by World Wrestling Entertainment that reflects back on the career of Vince McMahon (Mr. McMahon).

Content

tone Cold Steve Austin

McMahon's famous feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin is looked at, and the evolution of the "Mr. McMahon" character comes with two alternative points of view from Vince himself and Jerry Lawler, who have different opinions on when the character was born. Vince believes it to have occurred when Bret Hart, in his memorable "Crybaby Heel" role, shoved him down after a cage match before embarking on a venomous "worked" shoot promo in February 1997, and Lawler believes it to be during and after the events of the Montreal Screwjob.

XFL and other business ventures

Vince's vast media ventures beyond wrestling are given attention, such as his humanitarian work, his "Tribute To The Troops" wrestling shows based in Iraq, and the dismal failure of the XFL, which Vince still believes to be a valid concept, and points out that the NFL now uses many of the ground breaking innovations that the XFL introduced. ECW commentator Joey Styles gives a honest account on what the XFL's problems were, stating that it didn't try to separate itself from the World Wrestling Federation and create its own identity.

Firings

Matt Hardy, Sgt. Slaughter, Kevin Dunn, and Jim Ross all reflect on the instances they had been fired by Vince for real. Kurt Angle also remembers Vince firing him as General Manager of "SmackDown!" in storyline terms, though he would eventually be laid off for real in 2006.

On-screen antics

The McMahon's on-screen dysfunctional soap opera antics are focused on, which slowly begins to dovetail into coverage of the real life romance that developed between Stephanie McMahon and Triple H despite initially beginning as a mere angle for television. Vince comments on the fears and criticisms that come with a performer being "attached to the boss's daughter" and that he himself put those same feelings to the test by "intervening" and keeping the two apart until he was sure they really loved each other.

Accusations and failures

Greg Gagne accuses Vince of destroying his father Verne and the AWA, almost everyone besides Vince talks of how horrible the Katie Vick angle was, and many wrestlers discuss how stubborn Vince can be and how he refuses to listen to others. It also became apparent that some have been offended by McMahon claiming to be the leader of a religion called McMahonism. Somewhat conveniently, there is no mention of the steroid trial or the failure of the WBF on the DVD. However, in the trailer for the "McMahon" DVD, it did give the impression the WBF would be talked about as the WBF logo appeared on the screen as the narrator was talking about McMahon's "greatest failures."

Also, Stephanie McMahon comments that she had to nix a potential incest angle. According to her, Vince was to reveal himself as the father of her baby; when she said no, he pushed for Shane to be the father, but she turned that idea down as well. She also nixed Vince's idea that her wedding to Triple H be aired live on PPV and said that the only reason Vince ever hired Eric Bischoff was to be able to say that his longtime nemesis once worked for him.

Extras

Amongst the extras on the DVD are additional comments on McMahon, Stephanie tearfully recalls memories of her childhood, William Regal tells of how Vince looked after him during his struggles with drug addiction, and McMahon's infamous performance of "Stand Back" at the 1987 Slammy Awards.

Matches

The DVD includes the following McMahon matches:
*vs. Steve Austin :"RAW is WAR", April 13 1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*vs. Steve Austin - Steel cage match:St. Valentine's Day Massacre, February 14 1999, Memphis, Tennessee

*with Shane McMahon vs. Steve Austin - Handicap ladder match:King of the Ring, June 27 1999, Greensboro, North Carolina

*vs. Triple H - No Holds Barred match:Armageddon, December 12 1999, Sunrise, Florida

*vs. Shane McMahon - Street Fight:"WrestleMania X-Seven", April 1 2001, Houston, Texas (Mistakenly titled on DVD case "March 30, 2003")

*vs. Ric Flair - Street Fight:Royal Rumble, January 20 2002, Atlanta, Georgia

*vs. Hulk Hogan - Street Fight:WrestleMania XIX, March 30 2003, Seattle, Washington

*vs. Stephanie McMahon - "I Quit" match:No Mercy, October 19 2003, Baltimore, Maryland

*vs. The Undertaker - Buried Alive match:Survivor Series, November 16 2003, Dallas, Texas

References

* "McMahon" DVD. 2006 WWE Home Video


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