Vince McMahon is “too old” to be on television as an on-screen character – by the WWE CEO’s own admission.
On the latest episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, which is available via AdFreeShows, the WWE Senior Vice President would divulge that Mr McMahon has actually been hesitant to be involved in on-screen rivalries in recent years due to feeling like he was “too old” to be on television and instead insisted on someone else taking his spot who could make the live events.
“Most of the time he had to be talked into them. He would always start with somebody else, and, ‘No, God damn it. I’m too old to be on TV. I don’t wanna be on TV. Put somebody else on there that — I’m not gonna make the live events. Get somebody on there that’s gonna do that.’ And then, ‘Okay, well what if we did this?’ So he usually took a little bit of talking.”
Vince McMahon, who is now 75 years old, has actually competed in over 50 matches across his in-ring career – but hasn’t wrestled since 2010 when he took on Bret Hart at WrestleMania XXVI. However, Kevin Owens recently revealed nixed plans for a match with the WWE CEO which The Prizefighter said could have saw him step into the ring in a tag team match with Vince McMahon and son Shane at WrestleMania 34.
“I really think, at one point, there was a chance that it was going to be me and Sami Zayn against Shane and Vince at WrestleMania – which would have been incredible – but Vince, I remember one of the things he had told me was, ‘I can’t run WrestleMania and focus on a match at the same time.’”
While Vince McMahon is rarely seen on television nowadays, he has appeared in the ThunderDome – appearing on the first SmackDown in the ThunderDome where he came face to face with The Fiend, and also at The Undertaker’s Final Farewell. However, even going back across the last few years, appearances from the WWE CEO have been sporadic, with one of his last – the 25th anniversary of Triple H celebration – coming back to light recently when a fan picked up the custom jacket worn by McMahon in that segment for a mere $45 in a thrift shop.
h/t POST Wrestling