Wednesday, October 8, 2014
"Sex, Lies, and Headlocks" by Shaun Assael and Mike Mooneyham give really interesting descriptions and anecdotes about Vince McMahon. One that I really enjoyed was in chapter 6. The writers talk about Vince being an excessive and obsessive weight lifter. They said that sometimes he would momentarily leave a match to go life dumbbells in a room. It was also noted that Vince hired an assistant to keep track of high protein diets and make sure Vince ate lots of Tuna. People would say to "Vince, you look better than your wrestlers!" First of all, I find this humorous that Vince took great pride in looking as built as his wrestlers. Maybe that was unveiling some insecurities about him. Vince was already becoming successful, he had lots of money, and most guys would have found those two things enough to be prideful of. However, Vince felt the need to look like the wrestlers he was promoting. This ties in to a point that was made in class. When women began to attend professional wrestling events, men didn't approve. They didn't like women idolizing and finding sexual attraction toward these guys with stupendous physiques. It put pressure on all other guys to look like them. It made guys feel insecure about themselves. It's the same principle as women feeling insecure after seeing people like Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian posted everywhere. It's like a standard that people feel like they need to meet. I think that Vince felt this same way and used his obsessive exercising to cope with it.