Vince McMahon spent four decades bringing his unorthodox approach as a promotor and way of making television to WWE. This led the company to incredible highs as well as some of the most surreal programming that the wrestling industry has ever seen.
Unsurprisingly, McMahon also took a somewhat unconventional approach to other aspects of his life was well. This included turning up at the houses of his school professors in an effort to get his grades increased so he could graduate.
Vince McMahon Almost Landed In Trouble With Police
Back in March Vince McMahon appeared on The Pat McAfee Show for a rare interview. The wide-ranging interview touched on McMahon’s approach to wrestling, WWE and his life as a whole. This included a rare insight into his life before he joined the wrestling world.
McMahon recalled having to attend summer school as his grades weren’t good enough to get into college. The former WWE Chairman described himself as a “horrible student,” who couldn’t keep out of trouble.
“Street psychology. The kind of student I am is, my grades weren’t good enough to get into college. So I’ve always been a horrible student. No learning skills, I’m sure I had every learning disability there was. Although there were no names for them then. And I was expelled so many times for fighting and crap like that. I wasn’t at school a lot, so I didn’t like school.
“I didn’t learn how to study at all. So I had to go to summer school to get into college, and then it took me five years going to every summer school to get back in. It took me five years to get through a four-year.”
Continuing on, McMahon said that in an effort to improve his grades he turned up at the houses of two professors, which almost resulted in police being called. It was during this exchange where he also made his infamous “my wife at the time” slip.
“I don’t have grades to graduate. I’m slightly off. So if I went from a B+ to an A-, that would help me. So I forgot the subjects, and I wasn’t going to graduate. My wife at the time… my wife, she went through a four-year curriculum, and then in three years. She’s really, really smart. But me, no one here will graduate at the same time. Reason I mention that is because we were supposed to be graduating at the same time. I don’t have the grades. I’m not going to graduate. What am I going to do? I’m not asking for the world, I’m not asking you to give me an A when I had a D.
“So I found where these two professors lived. What are you going to do? I’ve got nothing to lose. Knock on your door, knock on their door and say, ‘hello, I’m Vince McMahon. And I’d like to come in and talk to you about you know, what I have. One of them was so kind and said ‘absolutely. As for a B+ to an A-, happy to do that.’”
“The other was such an unbelievable a–hole that wouldn’t let me in his house. No, I get it. It’s unusual, you know, for a student to find out where you live and knock on the door. I get that. But I didn’t have anything to lose so there was a bit of confrontation and so forth and he was going to call the cops. ‘Call the cops, I still don’t have anything to lose.’
“That’s how I graduated, or else I would have never graduated. Really, it’s his home. I wasn’t invading his home. When he tried to close the door, I wouldn’t let him.”
The wrestling world was left stunned on July 22nd when Vince McMahon announced that he was retiring from his role as WWE CEO.
His departure came against a backdrop of allegations of sexual misconduct which had triggered an internal investigation. With McMahon relinquishing control he was replaced on the wrestling side of the company by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was made Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside Nick Khan.
The investigation was launched into claims that McMahon paid a former employee $3 million in “hush money” after the pair had an affair. More allegations have since been made public, including claims that McMahon paid four women more than $12 million across 16 years as part of similar agreements.
H/t to Wrestling Inc