How Vince McMahon Gutted The Competition To Build Up The WWE

Wrestling | 12/6/19

Professional wrestling has been around since the turn of the 19th century. And the business was done a certain way right up until around 1980. Then a young upstart with big ideas named Vince McMahon turned the industry on its head.

Since he acquired the WWF/WWE from his father in the early ’80s, McMahon has used aggressive tactics and innovative ideas to pace the field. Here is a history of how the mogul has kept all other competition at bay.

Born Into The Business

Born into the industry
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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Family connections have always been important in professional wrestling and remain so today. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, they were nearly everything. If you weren’t connected to the sport by blood or had some kind of incredible athletic attribute, it would be hard to work in wrestling.

Vincent Kennedy McMahon had the right kind of connections as his father Vince and his Grandfather Jess had both run their own wrestling promotions. This helped make what would have been a pipe dream for many a real opportunity for young Vince.