Vince McMahon has been making headlines over the past few days because the WWE Chairman has released a number of popular stars while there is an on-going global crisis and now there are rumors that he is looking to sell WWE to the likes of ESPN and FOX.
While many fans have already shared their thoughts on the billionaire, there are some stories about the WWE boss that have remained under the radar since many of the WWE fanbase believe that McMahon grew up in a rich family and stepped into the wrestling business after he brought out his father.
While the facts are well-known, The Sun recently posted an article where McMahon shared all about growing up in a trailer with an abusive step-father.
“Most people think I was born with a silver spoon. I wish that were the case. I basically grew up in an eight-foot-wide New Moon trailer — which was not bad; a little cramped from time to time. [A] trailer park isn’t poverty. You don’t have much privacy, but there are nice things about it. Everything is compact. And it beats some other places. Prior to that, I lived in Manly, North Carolina, in a house with no indoor plumbing. That could get a little disconcerting in the wintertime. You never forget the rainy, cold days when you’d have to go so badly and the only place was outside to the privy. Likewise, you never forget the real hot summer days, either. It was quite odorific, let me tell you.”
“I grew up dirt poor. When you’re in that class, a lower economic class, everyone is, quote, ‘above you’. And there were a number of individuals who thought they were above me because of their economic situation. It always bugged me that people would think they were better than me. I developed a philosophy that no one’s better than me, and at the same time I’m no better than anyone else.”
Many fans obviously believe that the former WWE Champion has had it easy in life because he stepped into the family business, this wasn’t the case since McMahon revealed that his life had its own struggles.
“My parents got divorced and I went with my mom, Vickie. She was in the church choir. A real performer, a female Elmer Gantry. Very striking, with an excellent voice. I lived with her and my real a***hole of a stepfather, a man who enjoyed kicking people around. I grew up in a very aggressive environment, to say the least. That includes any number of individuals … beating the hell out of me only because I had a big mouth and had to say what was on my mind.”
“You would think that after being on the receiving end of numerous attacks I would wise up, but I couldn’t. I refused to. I felt I should say something, even though I knew what the result would be. This one particular stepfather I did not get along with at all. Leo Lupton. It’s unfortunate that he died before I could kill him. I would have enjoyed that. Not that he didn’t have some redeeming qualities. He was an athlete, great at any sport, which I admired, and I remember watching The Jackie Gleason Show with him. We used to laugh together at Jackie Gleason. When you’re young and you’re facing a man, you get the s*** beat out of you.”
“First time I remember, I was six-years-old. The slightest provocation would set him off. But I lived through it.”
McMahon went on to talk about how he met his father when he was 12 years old and fell in love with the business he was part of.
“My dad should have been canonized. He was a wonderful man. I didn’t meet him until I was 12-years-old, and I fell in love with him the moment I met him. It was like going from rags to riches when I’d go to Washington, D.C., to see him. There was just an instant attraction that my dad felt and that I felt. He was just a wonderful, caring, bright man. By the time I was 14, I was on my own. I was pretty much a man then. Physically, at least. In other ways, I’m still becoming a man.”