[121], On February 1, 2006, McMahon was accused of sexual harassment by a worker at a tanning bar in Boca Raton, Florida. The XFL kicked off in February 2001, but, despite McMahon’s savvy salesmanship, it lasted only a single season. At Survivor Series in 1997, Bret Hart defended his WWF Championship against long-time rival Shawn Michaels in the main event. [106] McMahon has occasionally dropped his character performance upon real-life events affecting WWE, such as the death of Owen Hart at Over the Edge in 1999, the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the death of Chris Benoit. Title match on WWE Network, more", "WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns def. 'The Genetic Jackhammer' is one of the main reasons for wrestling's massive explosion in the 1980s and the colossal that it has become after taking over a precursor from his father. When Michaels' former Rockers tag team partner Marty Jannetty came to the rescue of Michaels, he was forced to join McMahon's "Kiss My Ass Club". After saying that both deserved to be the WWF Champion, Austin drove a Zamboni into the arena and attacked McMahon before police officers stopped him, and arrested him. The legend of Vince McMahon will never die. Reddit; Pocket; Flipboard; Email; Rumors were that WrestleMania 36 host Rob Gronkowski was a little nervous to do the leap off a ten-foot balcony which helped him secure the 24/7 championship. You screwed Bret!". This left Triple H and Stephanie in complete control of the WWF.[42]. However, due to the actual death of Chris Benoit, the show opened with McMahon standing in an empty arena, acknowledging that his reported death was only of his character as part of a storyline. "[21] McMahon, who for years had downplayed his ownership of the company and was mostly known as a commentator, became involved in WWF storylines as the evil Mr. McMahon, who began a legendary feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who challenged the boss's authority. McMahon returned on the November 3, 2014, episode of Raw, making a stipulation that if Team Cena had defeated Team Authority at Survivor Series, The Authority would be removed from power. [34] McMahon referred to The Rock as the "Corporate Champion" thus forming the Corporation with his son Shane and The Rock. The scene transitioned to Stephanie McMahon waking up, revealing it was all a dream. By directing his storylines towards highly publicized supercards, McMahon capitalized on a fledgling revenue stream by promoting these events live on pay-per-view television. The above clip from an upcoming Network special, WWE 24: WrestleMania: The Show Must Go On, has been released. [88] A match was then booked between the two at WrestleMania XXVI, which saw Hart defeat McMahon in a No Holds Barred Lumberjack match. Steve Bruce has a "selection headache" after winger Jacob Murphy showed his class in the Carabao Cup. McMahon has gained success in a number of WWE-related ventures; in 2014, he launched the WWE Network, an over-the-top video streaming service.