I thoroughly enjoyed the McMahon video that we watched last night, even though parts of it were vague and confusing. If the purpose of watching this video is to learn to differentiate between Vince and his onscreen character, I wouldn't recommend watching it. The distinction is never really made, and all you get are different opinions on what his family and employees think. And even they can't agree at times, so who's to say? We've heard that the most successful characters are those who are just themselves with the "volume turned up," and that seems to define Vince perfectly.
Most old-timers slam on him a lot for changing the name of the game that is wrestling, but my own opinion is that he does what he has to do to protect his business. He innovated and fought it out with WCW to remain standing in the end. Isn't that the American way? Isn't ruthless competition something you have to have if you want to be successful in a ruthless and cutthroat business world? Vince has an ego, sure, but who doesn't? One need look no further to Donald Trump to see that having an ego comes with the package. Vince had it, and he had ambition and a vision that no one else in his time had. Yes, at times he strays from what he should and he has quirky, if not creepy storyline ideas.
But the thing with Vince is that he'll do anything to have his company succeed. If you need proof, that sick landing on the table in the cage match with Austin should suffice. I agree with Austin - there was zero need for Vince to do that, and I think it makes it so much easier to work for him and take those kinds of risks for him because you know he'd do it too. There aren't many sixty-year-old guys who will take a ladder in the face by Shawn Michaels and get put through a table, except for maybe Ric Flair when he gets there. Vince did what he had to do, and if no one else was ready to compete with him, that doesn't come back to him. He did what any successful businessman would do these days - he competed, and he won. Yes, he pissed a lot of people off, but at the end of the day, he definitely got the last laugh.