Donald Trump and Vince McMahon: Wild Clips With the President’s Top Donor
Some might facetiously (or maybe seriously) think that the Trump Administration operates similarly to a WWE event. While some will argue against this metaphor, there isn’t any doubt Donald Trump had some influence from the owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon.
Their relationship has quite a history, and McMahon became Trump’s top donor when he ran for president. Recent reports show McMahon’s WWE organization gave $5 million to the soon dissolved Trump Foundation.
Of course, McMahon and Trump have had numerous memorable WWE moments the president may soon want to be forgotten.
Donald Trump’s relationship with the WWE goes back 20 years
According to Mother Jones, Trump’s association with McMahon and the WWE goes back to 1998 when Wrestlemania was held in Trump Plaza. Trump didn’t have any known association with them, though, until six years later.
Nevertheless, our current president’s strong association with Vince McMahon and the WWE tells you a lot about how he thinks regarding entertainment and handling people.
By the 2000s, we were seeing Trump participating in some wild stunts you may remember (or promptly forgot). In hindsight, it’s a good idea to look back at these moments to give you a roadmap to how our president handles things.
Remember the former wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura who became the governor of Minnesota in the 1990s? During Wrestlemania XX in 2004, Ventura went into the ring and called Donald Trump up to interview him.
What happened then wasn’t necessarily outrageous (no, not yet), but provided some irony about what was to come. At the time, Trump expressed complete support of Ventura, even if he reentered politics. Considering Ventura was and still is a member of the Green Party, it makes you wonder what Trump’s real politics were in those days.
During the match, Ventura speculated he might run for President. Little did he know Trump would be President 12 years later.
While Vince McMahon wasn’t a part of this, he set this up for the entertainment value.
The first interaction with Vince McMahon
Three years later, Trump and McMahon interacted somewhat face-to-face in a belligerent stunt typical of the WWE. It happened on Monday Night Raw in 2007 when Trump berated McMahon on a big screen about not providing what the public wanted.
Soon, cash started raining down on the crowd, which was actually McMahon’s money. The insinuation was that Trump enjoyed giving money to the public, which is easily arguable today. Even so, this began a faux feud between Trump and McMahon when they were becoming very close associates.
The feud goes to outrageous heights
A little while later came the notorious confrontation between Trump and McMahon where the former shaved the head of the latter. You may remember how much press this received during a time when Trump was already contemplating running for President.
Deemed as “Hair vs. Hair,” we also saw Trump participate in seemingly real wrestling moves. Rumors were that he didn’t appropriately rehearse and might have taken the brunt of a headlock slam done by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Non-fans of WWE were typically appalled at the stunt, even if it helped set up further political ambitions by Trump. You can’t help but think our President would do a return body-slam to one of his administration staff if they tried the same move on him.
The final public meeting between Trump and McMahon
In 2013, Trump received a WWE Hall of Fame award from McMahon. It ultimately became their last public appearance together until Trump hired Linda McMahon as Administrator to the Small Business Administration.
During the ceremony, McMahon mentioned he thought Trump would make a great president. As controversial as McMahon is, he clearly has a bit of natural tea leaves in him.
Now we can only hope the WWE doesn’t become a recurring part of the presidency, though we won’t hold our breath.