JJ Dillon, the legendary manager of the Four Horseman and one-time consigliere to Vince McMahon has discussed the WWE Chairman being convinced the US Government was going to send him to prison.
The early nineties were a fraught time in the World Wrestling Federation. Hulkamania was petering out with barely a whimper, business was circling the drain and then the US Government took Vince McMahon to trial over alleged offences involving steroids.
In a highly publicised case that could have had dire consequences for McMahon, the WWF, and the entire wrestling business, McMahon was forced to fight his corner against the federal government.
Speaking to Gerald Brisco and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield on their ‘Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw‘ show, JJ Dillon who was an executive in the WWF at the time laid bare Vince McMahon’s thoughts about the trial and potential prison time.
“Vince was convinced that when the government invests that much in going after somebody, that they’re going to get their pound of flesh. He was convinced they were going to get him on something, and that he was going to do some time. He really was.”
JBL then brought up a longstanding rumour that Memphis Wrestling stalwart Jerry Jarrett was going to be brought in to run the company alongside Dillon should McMahon be found guilty and facing prison time.
Dillon confirmed that was indeed the plan:
“Yeah [it is true]. It was a seven days a week thing. I’d be in the office all week. . . and Friday afternoon [Pat] would say to Vince, ‘Well what are you doing tomorrow?’ And Vince would say, ‘If you don’t have anything to do then give me a call.’ Well, Saturday morning Pat would call Vince, and [Vince] would say, ‘Why don’t you come over to the house?’ [Patterson and Vince would meet] and brainstorm, because they were booking three towns a night and doing three TVs. So, Pat said to Vince that he wanted to include me, and that’s how that started.”