As people continue to talk about the angle from WWE RAW Monday night featuring Vince McMahon being told that he was let go by Triple H via the WWE Board of Directors, it is interesting to note that this is the fifth consecutive summer in a row where McMahon has played a pivotal, much-talked about role during the summer. If you recall back to last year, McMahon was taken out by the original members of the Nexus weeks after their debut. He wouldn’t be shown on television for months until the night before the 2010 Elections where his wife Linda was running for US Senate, and would eventually lose to Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
It all started back in 2007 during the now infamous skit where McMahon got into his limo and then it would “blow up”. WWE’s website and other legitimate sources then reported that McMahon had indeed died. WWE continued to play the angle on television for a while until McMahon had to put an abrupt end to the storyline once the real-life murder-suicide of his performer Chris Benoit took place. He then appeared in the middle of the ring just a day before the tragic details of the incident began to unfold and revealed that McMahon’s “death” was nothing more than a storyline. Once details unraveled that Benoit murdered his wife and child before committing suicide, WWE began to distance themselves from him and still do to this day.
In 2008, due to the low RAW ratings, WWE introduced the “Vince McMahon Million Dollar Mania” segment where viewers watching on television had a chance to win a portion of the $1 million he was giving away live on TV. Once they decided to end the storyline after just three weeks, they decided to go the route of where the stage mysteriously collapsed and would fall atop the WWE Chairman. Shane McMahon would then appear on WWE TV and inform the fans that they were keeping his condition private. McMahon would then return in early 2009 as part of a storyline with his daughter Stephanie and Chris Jericho.
The next big segment would take place in 2009 when he “sold” the RAW brand to Celebrity Apprentice star Donald Trump. The WWE stock prices would then significantly fall within the week the storyline played out on television and just one week later, McMahon announced that he bought the brand back. A week later, McMahon announced the celebrity guest hosts would be taking control of RAW in the coming months, a tactic that would go on consecutively from June 29, 2009 – April 19, 2010. The guest stars would then stop making appearances on November 1, 2010 after Pee-wee Herman hosted the show.
Which of these five iconic moments was your favorite? On this track, what, if anything, do you think will happen to our beloved leader in 2012? Let us know below in the comments section!