February 3, 2001 |
Emerging from a black stretch limousine in Mobile, Ala., Vince McMahon slips into his trademark character, the power-crazed wrestling promoter. It's not a hard fit. McMahon, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation, is the nation's most powerful wrestling promoter. But now it's show time. As the cameras catch him outside the city's sold-out Civic Center, he flies into a screaming rage at his driver and fires him for delivering him late.
November 15, 1998 |
- SEE CORRECTION APPENDED In its bid to capture what World Wrestling Federation folks call "the future of America's eyeballs"--young males 12 to 34--here's what Vince McMahon is up against this particular Monday night: "Monday Night Football," a baseball playoff game, Ally McBeal's miniskirts and, of course, that other wrestling show, the one on the TNT network of "Billionaire Ted" Turner.
January 30, 2014 |
CM Punk, one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE , left the company Monday before a live airing of its flagship "Monday Night Raw" TV show. Punk told Vince McMahon, the owner of the company, that he was going home, and he did. Speculation immediately began that the move is part of an elaborate storyline concocted to drum up interest in the WWE just before the launch of its new network in February. However, WWE has pulled Punk from all advertising from upcoming shows.
January 8, 2014 |
Wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is going over the top. No, that's not a new move he's going to display on WWE's TV shows "Friday Night Smackdown" or "Monday Night Raw. " It's the technological platform that the WWE Corp. is using to launch its long-in-the-works network. Rather than create a traditional channel that would be distributed to potential viewers via cable and satellite operators, the WWE Network will be streamed over the Internet, a method that is known in the entertainment industry as over the top, or OTT. The network, which will launch Feb. 24, will cost $9.99 a month.
May 19, 2001
XFL fans: Stop blaming The Times for the death of your league. Is The Times' lack of L.A. Xtreme coverage responsible for all of the other teams folding? The XFL was a mess from the word go. The players had no skills. Vince McMahon targeted WWF fans, but stupidly didn't realize that if it wasn't scripted, they weren't going to watch. Good riddance. Matt Shevin Hermosa Beach
July 23, 1994 |
Promoter Vince McMahon, who transformed wrestling into a multimillion-dollar industry during the 1980s, was cleared Friday of charges that he fueled the sport's growth through a widespread steroid conspiracy. A federal jury acquitted McMahon of conspiring to distribute steroids among his heavyweight charges in the World Wrestling Federation. The panel deliberated 16 hours over two days before reaching its verdict. "I'm elated.