Speaking in a new interview, Stephanie McMahon has recalled being “petrified” the first time that she met a certain WWE Hall of Famer.
While McMahon didn’t take her proper steps into the family business until after she graduated from college, she was obviously around wrestling and wrestlers from an early age. This included modelling WWE merchandise when she was just a teenager.
During an appearance with the SBJ I Factor, Stephanie opened up about her earliest memories of the family business. McMahon recalled going to her first ever show at the age of five in Philadelphia, which led to a terrifying encounter with a fully in-character George The Animal Steele.
“Walking past all of these superstars mostly men at that time, and you know they’re all big and standing there in their costumes, their gear,” said McMahon. “And all of a sudden, around the corner all of these kids, like a group of kids come screaming and running – like running from something they’re afraid. And I see these kids and I’m like what could that be? So, I walk a little further and I peek around the corner and here comes George ‘The Animal’ Steele who was covered in so much hair it almost looked like fur.”
“He was just a naturally hairy man,” McMahon continued. “Head shaved and his tongue is green and he’s you know coming at me in character and I was so petrified. I ran to my father. I ran up his legs, wrapped my arms around his neck buried my head in his shoulder and I was shocked when he started to laugh.”
During the interview, McMahon also opened up about making her way in WWE and learning from her parents. This resulted in one “painful lesson” where her father and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said that she had “failed him.”
Stephanie McMahon has held numerous positions within WWE including several within the creative team. The former on-screen General Manager moved into her current role of Chief Brand Officer in 2013.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.