It’s no secret that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has lots of critics. He recently joined in for a rare interview with Pat McAfee. The WWE CEO was surprisingly candid and spoke in detail about a lot of controversial topics including receiving death threats.
Vince McMahon reveals death threats
McAfee and Vince spoke about the territory days of wrestling. McMahon has been slammed in the past for taking over and buying out the existing system of pro-wrestling in the United States to go national. As everybody knows, McMahon succeeded.
Vince McMahon told Pat McAfee that during those days, death threats were common. The then-WWF boss was never afraid as he said:
“I don’t know how many different rivers I was supposed to be at the bottom of. You know, death threats are what they are. I always felt like if you can knock off a president of the United States, I’m easy to get to. I never had a bodyguard, none of that stuff. In those days, it was like you, from their standpoint, invaded their territory… There are so many times when people threaten me, and it was like, the last guy, I said, ‘If you want to take credit for it, you better get me quick.’”
Vince also revealed that he received death threats when he began raiding other pro wrestling territories in the 80s. He also narrated the story of one incident which WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross had overheard. It was stated that a few heads of various pro wrestling territories were planning to assassinate the WWE Chairman:
“There’s a story that Jim Ross was telling me one day. And he was with Bill Watts and the old NWA guys and they were having this conference because they were a whole bunch of them (wondering), ‘What are we going to do about this kid (McMahon)? Invading everything. We’ve got to do something about him.