Vince McMahon Is No Longer A Genius

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Vince McMahonFor the last thirty years the term genius has been generously associated with Vince McMahon and with good reasons. But something has happened over the last few years to make me think differently. I think the days of calling Vince McMahon a genius are over.

I tossed around this topic a few weeks ago on The Still Real to Us podcast and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to put it down on paper (or MS Word to be exact). I am not a Vince hater but I think it is time to face facts, that this man is no longer a genius.

This isn’t to take away his past accomplishments. His promotional accomplishments are historic. At his best, the man could take a simple pro wrestling storyline or star and promote them further than anyone else in his position could have. As I said earlier, the history is there. However, not all geniuses remain geniuses and Vince is no longer the smartest man in the room.

[adinserter block=”2″]The last several years for the WWE is proof positive. He hasn’t created a mega star in several years. He hasn’t promoted a big match or big show beyond expectations in years. The jury is still out as to how well The Rock will do at WrestleMania 28. His ventures outside of the WWE have been failure after failure from the XFL to his film division which is losing money faster than you can say Bastian Booger. The buck stops at the top and in the top in the WWE is Vince McMahon.

He is completely out of touch with his fan base. The proof in this is that while he does have babyfaces and heels that are over, none are over like mega stars. Fans are tuning in and out of RAW like never before, with no sign of growth in the immediate future. The big matches he promotes appeal to select niches, failing to promote a big match or big star that appeals to everyone. When is the last time he has done that?

It hasn’t been for a lack of trying. He has certainly tried to create new mega stars over the last few years. Unfortunately his golden touch has turned to rust. Jack Swagger, CM Punk, The Miz, R-Truth, Mark Henry, and Sheamus are all guys that he has tried to push to the elite level in recent years. Success has been mixed but none have turned into the mega stars that they would have years ago with the same kind of promotional push His failures haven’t been for a lack of trying, he just can’t seem to pull it off.

The booking is beyond atrocious. Even casual wrestling fans who know very little about pro wrestling can see the flaws in the week to week booking. Just this past Monday, John Cena was booked to beat down the same two guys he supposedly needs help to beat on pay per view. On the other show, you have the guy going into WrestleMania challenging the champion being squashed by the current champion. These are just this week’s examples, but a look back at weekly booking decisions would have you convinced that Vince’s limousine driver was booking RAW. No genius would certainly book his television like this right?

It just bothers me when I see or read people continue to promote Vince as this mastermind in pro wrestling. He’s not! A real genius evolves with continued success for decades after his first strike. Steven Spielberg and Steve Jobs are two geniuses that immediately come to mind that continued coming up with great ideas past their initial peak of success. Vince hasn’t had a real success in over five years.

Is it age? Maybe it is. The man is 66 years old. It is hard to imagine Vince being in tune with his young audience at 66? On the other hand, a genius would surround himself with people who are, and those people could help craft his “genius” ideas to hit the mark with his younger audience. That hasn’t happened in a long time in the WWE.

[adinserter block=”1″]You can look at TNA Wrestling and have realistic hopes that it will get better with a booking change. That won’t happen in the WWE. Vince is it, for better or worse. It is disappointing at times because the product has been so bastardized in the last few years that you wonder if there is ever any chance that it could recover. With Vince McMahon at the helm, that isn’t likely.

So the next time you label Vince McMahon a genius, stop to think for a second about what this genius has accomplished over the last several years. Stop to think about how well he has prepared his company for the future. Stop to think about how long it has been, since Vince McMahon has truly came up with a genius idea.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. The problem is, you still think Vince Mcmahon owns the WWE and solely responsible for EVERYTHING that goes on there. And that would make this whole article very much ill-educated.

  2. i love watching WWE's RAW brand than ny other show…
    MMA, TNA they got fans.. but RAW have it tooo.
    i dont care if Mcmahon is genius or not, I still love WWE and will always watch thier show and bbuy thier product

    now inn TNA, i understand they bleed of course fake, use chair table hardcore matches.. but these things r old now.. old WWF was exact same thing. who wants to watch these crap now…

  3. While wrestling as everyone knows is scripted or fake as some people refer to it,it's still very entertaining for people of all ages.I've been a fan since I was about 10 years old,I'm now in my late 40's and still enjoy watching wrestling.

    Although MMA is very popular now and I like watching MMA,wrestling is a different kind of entertainment.In my opinion MMA will never have as many fans as wrestling has.As the older fans may remember at Wrestlmania 3 there were over 90,000 people in attendance,breaking a world indoor attendance record,which if I'm not mistaken still stands today.The UFC will never break that record.Guaranteed.

    I know that Vince McMahon's best days are behind him and the WWE has changed since he left.But there's no denying the popularity of the stars he created in the past.For example STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN,THE UNDERTAKER,and the most popular star of the 80's HULK HOGAN.And THE BEST THERE IS , THE BEST THERE WAS AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE. CANADA'S OWN BRET THE HIT MAN HART.

    Wrestling and MMA will always have their fanbace,but which form of entertainment is more popular than the other will be up to each fans opinion.

  4. I like how this guy runs down Vince and any recent ideas he has, followed by links to CM Punk items. Could the product be better? Sure, but the irony of seeing those links next to an article about how stale the product is and how there are no new stars amuses me. You know, like all those white, black, and red shirts with taped X-marked fists in the crowd at every show are from something else.

    • Oh you got me. What a ridiculous point. Have you ever read a critical column on a sports website and noticed advertisements for sports tickets, sports merch, etc? Maybe you are just easily amused.

      • Whatever, dude, you blog about pro wrestling. You want to sound like a smug prick to everyone that brings up a counter-point, be my guest. Nobody's ever called Vince McMahon a genius that didn't work for him, so by logic, you're right. He's not a genius.

        Oh, and I have noticed advertisements/spam ads for sports tickets and such before…but your attached ads were for CM Punk merchandise, the supposed failed attempt at pushing a superstar whose ads for his shirts make it possible for you to run down his line of work. Again, I agree with you, McMahon's not a genius. A helluva businessman, though, but not a genius. I mean, you're not going to stop watching and writing about it anytime soon, are you?

        • Here is the thing. I prefer to have a fun debate with somone that disagrees with what I wrote. It makes the site more conversational and let's face it, we are just talking about wrestling so why not have a little fun with it? But, you came on and were quite smug yourself so that is the road we went down on. Doesn't have to be that way.

          I never said CM Punk was a bomb. Not at all. BUT he is not drawing the pay per view numbers that were expected. I don't even necessarily fault him as much as I fault the booking.

          And the gravity of the blog is bigger than just CM Punk, it is more an indictment of Vince as a booker, creator, and marketer. He is missing the boat.

  5. I'm not saying you're wrong, but you make some statements that would be better served with facts or stats to back them up, while others are purely subjective.

    Do you have any concrete proof for the following:
    "his film division which is losing money faster than you can say Bastian Booger."

    "Fans are tuning in and out of RAW like never before, with no sign of growth in the immediate future."

    These are more subjective and some fans might differ with you:
    "He hasn’t created a mega star in several years. He hasn’t promoted a big match or big show beyond expectations in years."

  6. Vince, is likely still more innovative than TNA ever will be largely due to having $$$. The problem with the context of the article is that it doesn't take into account the relatively recent MMA popularity. Kids are doing MMA now and see wrestling as a joke. Look at any decent MMA or MA gym and it is full of kids wanting to be fighters or at least defend themselves. Pro wrestling no longer has the fantasy like component for young fans, and it can likely never recover it. That leaves the older crowd and the article rightly notes, these current guys aren't "stars" in the sense of Steamboat, Warrior, etc…So, they turn it off. The option then is to turn to TNA to see these guys, but really no one wants to see a 60+ year old Ric Flair or Hogan wrestle. In 10 years, WWE will be 1/3 of what it is now, especially if MMA continues to grow. You can't sell a fantasy to kids who grow up with reality and actually learning to fight.

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