Monday, October 6, 2014
Vince the Daredevil
The first section of Sex, Lies, and Headlocks has really opened my eyes to how impressive Vince McMahon's life has been. Given his background, I feel he deserves more credit for his accomplishments than I have been giving him. Also in the brief examples of his promotional work with Evel Knievel and Muhammad Ali, a risk-taking side of Vince is delineated that I think may have had a lot to do with his eventual success. While the jump over Snake River Canyon was a bust and hurt Vince financially, it demonstrated his ability to successfully promote something. The fight with Muhammad Ali and Antonio Inoki (interestingly enough, seen as a precursor to mixed martial arts) went similarly poorly, but again showed Vince would go all in on an idea and do everything in his power to make it work. I think this attitude is what led to his embracing national broadcasting in a period when no other regional promoters were interested. In hindsight it seems like an obvious success, but I'm sure at the time it was less than a sure thing, and Vince really took a chance on it. His attention to the concerts being put on at the Cape Cod Coliseum also show a lot of ingenuity and business savvy. Given how immediately popular the mélange of rock 'n roll and wrestling became, it seems like a match made in heaven, but must have taken a unique mind to combine the sensory barrage offered at a rock concert with the physical aspects and emotional content of professional wrestling. Not only could it just as easily have not worked, but he had his father, his business, and his family riding on all of these schemes of his. Being willing to put everything on the line to achieve is something few people are willing to do, and it sets Vince apart as an entrepreneur and a businessman, and I look forward to continuing to delve into the background of this man's life and how the modern WWE came about, because it is already a rich and interesting story.