CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment
McMahon Running For Senate
Wrestling Fans: Not Totally Sold On Linda McMahon
Ex WWE Boss, by Greg Tingle - 3rd November 2010
McMahon wasn't the first pro wrestling aka sports
entertainment personality to enter mainstream politics,
nor will she the last, but tipsters say she might
end up being the most talked about, perhaps even to
eclipse legendary Jesse "The Body" Ventura,
now host of cable's 'Conspiracy Theory'.
stake the obvious, being talked about doesn't automatically
an Aussie (Australian) so I can't vote for Linda,
but you bet, I would if I could. She's likable, intelligent
and have a proven track record in running a business
- a business that she helped turn into a multi billion
dollar concern, and has employed thousands of people
over the years. That business - The World Wrestling
Entertainment "sports entertainment" powerhouse
is one of the world's most well known brands and provides
millions, perhaps even billions of people with family
friendly (these days) entertainment. A lot has changed
since the smoke filled arena and bodybuilder - steroid
fans or not, it is not fair to blame Linda or Vince
McMahon on the steroids found in wrestling, or the
ultra high level of early deaths found in the wrestling
profession. No one forces wrestlers to take steroids
or any drugs, but it is acknowledged that in the past
- circa 1990 "monster" (big) wrestlers were
usually pushed to the top of the card, and that was
linked to earning capacity. The life of a pro wrestler
can be presented as glamorous, but it is also one
that doesn't come without high risks, injuries and
the body encountering frequent pain over the years.
The WWE has hundreds of wrestlers on their rooster
which helps in given the talent a break when they
need, as there is always another wrestler available
to fill up the card.
now swing forward to the here and now, with an upcoming
election upon us...
fans of World Wrestling Entertainment have advised
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon's ties
to the wrestling aka "sports entertainment"
company won't guarantee their votes come the Election.
wrestling fanatics in Hartford on Saturday said the
former WWE CEO's political - media campaign has "no
bearing" on their enjoyment of the WWE. The company
was in Hartford's XL Center for Fan Appreciation Day,
which as you can imagine was a fantastic event and
quite the moral booster for WWE management and "independent
is running against Democratic state Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal for the seat of retiring Democratic
U.S Sen. Christopher Dodd. A recent poll obtained
by Media Man showed Blumenthal leading McMahon at
the time of this publication.
representatives say the weekend show wasn't so much
about rallying voters. They say it was held to thank
fans for supporting the company despite what they
have named as unfair attacks on its image from state
Democrats and sections of the media. For the record
let it be known that Media Man has given fair and
balanced coverage to the WWE over the years, even
back to when it wasn't afraid to call itself World
Wrestling Federation and "pro wrastling".
Sometimes we even ran some negative based articles,
when they were in order, based on the company's actions.
a few weeks ago current WWE top brass Vince McMahon
started his own campaign: 'Stand Up For WWE', which
by all accounts has been a global phenomenal success.
global news media should be fair to WWE and Linda
McMahon. A quick snapshot shows:
McMahon has a proven track record in business
leading global brand
is family friendly entertainment (usually)
Wellness Policy (which has proven to be a serious
policy, unlike in some other sports and fields of
wrestling fans or not, when you vote in the upcoming
election, vote with your head. Don't be deterred by
media beat ups or bias articles.
Linda McMahon and her tag team partner of sorts, Vince
"Mr McMahon", lay the smack down on their
political opponents? You can bet it will be a fight
to the finish. Stay tuned to Media Man for the aftermath
of 'Celebrity Death Match' Connecticut style.
E. McMahon last year stepped down as the Chief Executive
Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, a publicly
traded company in Stamford, Connecticut that is listed
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WWE.
Linda helped grow the company from a modest 13-person
operation to a global enterprise with over 500 employees
and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando,
London, Ontario, Shanghai, and Tokyo. The company
has been named one of Forbes 200 Best Small Companies.
is running for the United States Senate to change
Washingtons failed economic policies, get spending
under control and put people back to work. Linda is
a fiscal conservative who is concerned about the massive
deficit spending in Washington and the huge debt with
which we are saddling the country and future generations.
With over 30 years of real life business experience,
she knows how to manage a budget, create jobs, and
stimulate our economy.
has committed not to accept PAC money or special interest
money. She will limit contributions to her campaign
to $100, and she plans to use her own resources to
help finance the race and ensure she is competitive
with Dick Blumenthal.
has been widely recognized as one of the countrys
top female executives, both for her business acumen
and her support of a variety of community-based initiatives.
In 2007, Linda was named one of Multichannel News
Wonder Women, recognizing her accomplishments
as a leader in the U.S. cable television industry.
addition to her work in the boardroom, Linda has been
instrumental in nurturing community and charitable
programs. She spearheaded the creation of Get R.E.A.L.
educational and literacy programs, including the companys
nationwide Reading Challenge in partnership with the
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA),
the youth division of the American Library Association.
Lindas leadership, the WWE was the recipient
of the USO of Metropolitan Washingtons first
ever Legacy of Hope award for its extensive
support of our troops and the USOs Operation
Care Package program. In 2007, the company received
the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service
Award for its support of deployed service members
in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, the company received
the GI Film Festivals Corporate Patriot Award.
was elected in October 2004 to serve on the Board
of Trustees of Sacred Heart University of Fairfield,
Conn. She serves on the boards Executive Committee
and chairs its Institutional Advancement Committee.
also is a member of the Board of Directors of the
Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to educate
and inspire young people to participate in our democracy.
2009, Linda was appointed by Governor Jodi Rell to
serve on the Connecticut Board of Education.
October 4, 1948, and raised in New Bern, N.C., Linda
was a high school honor society student who was also
fond of basketball and tennis. She graduated from
East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., with
a Bachelor of Science in French and certified to teach.
She and her husband, Vince, were married in 1966.
McMahons have resided in Greenwich, Conn., for more
than 30 years. They have two adult children, Shane
and Stephanie, and five grandchildren.
LINDAS PLAN TO MAKE WASHINGTON WORK FOR CONNECTICUT
Linda is running for the U.S. Senate because shes
concerned about the direction Washington is taking
our country. Reckless spending, bloated bureaucracy
and a trillion dollar stimulus package have failed
to spur economic growth; instead, the unthinkable
debt Washington has created is creating long-term
damage to the economy.
believes career politicians are part of the problem
in Washington, and she believes Washington works best
when it is infused with new ideas and fresh perspectives.
Shes not going to Washington for the perks or
the special interest favors. Shes running to
make Washington work for us.
isnt a career politician, but she is an outsider
with 30 years of real life business experience who
understands how to balance a budget and create jobs.
Companies cant spend their way out of debt,
and neither can countries. Linda believes good government
demands fiscal responsibility. Fiscal responsibility
begins with spending restraint and an end to deficit
spending. And Linda knows that smaller government
will help reduce the burdensome taxes and regulations
that make it difficult for small businesses to succeed
and create jobs.
LINDA IS RUNNING TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST
While Linda isnt a career politician, shes
no stranger to public service: she has a long and
established record of putting people first. Shes
a mother and a grandmother. She has served as both
a statewide officer and as one of the most recognizable
CEOs in the country.
20 years of service in support of children led to
her appointment in 2005 to The Make-A-Wish Foundation
of America National Advisory Council. The Make-A-Wish
Foundation, in 2004, awarded the WWE its highest honor,
the Chris Grecius Award, for its extensive support.
is a major supporter of such organizations as the
Starlight Childrens Foundation; she has served
as the Honorary Corporate Chair of the Multiple Myeloma
Research Foundation, running one of the organizations
most successful fundraising efforts. She also was
presented the Arthur M. Sackler Award from the Connecticut
Grand Opera and Orchestra for WWEs support of
its arts education program and she has served on the
1995 Governors Council for the World Special
Linda, public service isnt a perfunctory campaign
slogan its a commitment that comes from
a deep-rooted desire to help people.
Man does not represent Linda McMahon
(credit WWE official
may call him every bad name in the book, you may boo
and hiss at the very sight of him, but make no mistake
about it, if Vincent Kennedy McMahon were not the
ruthless, driven, cocky Chairman of World Wrestling
Entertainment, WWE would not be the pre-eminent global
provider of entertainment that it is today.
all started in 1982 when Mr. McMahon made the decision
to purchase what was once called the World Wide Wrestling
Federation from his father, Vincent, Sr. The senior
McMahon had tried to persuade his son to not enter
the business, but as would become a legendary McMahon
trait, Mr. McMahon was defiant and he not only entered
the family business, but he revolutionized
March of 1985, McMahon embarked on what would become
the very event to make sports entertainment the global
phenomenon that it is today. It would be called WrestleMania
and it was such an overwhelming success that 20 years
later, it is still the biggest annual event in sports
entertainment. In a mere three decades, Mr. McMahons
passion and vision has made this industry what it
is today and the vision has not faded one bit as he
is still at the top of his game.
other corporate executives choose to keep a low profile
or not be a part of their own product, Mr. McMahon
is right there in the mix, appearing regularly on
WWE television and even mixing it up in the ring.
He participated in some of the most highly-anticipated
matches in WWE history and his rivalries with Stone
Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan parallel some of
the most heated matches in the long history of sports
entertainment. He is even famous for taking action
against his own family when they stand in his way
and has tried on numerous occasions to drive his own
wife, son, and daughter out of the industry. Unfortunately
for Mr. McMahon, the passion he displays is an inherited
trait and the battles within the McMahon family continue
to this day.
say his actions against members of his own family
and fan-favorite Superstars are too much to bear?
Keep in mind that before Mr. McMahon, sports entertainment
was a regional series of wrestling territories with
no national television exposure and little public
fanfare. It was Mr. McMahons vision that brought
about the very first WrestleMania and all of the subsequent
major events in sports entertainment that continue
to take place to this day.
excuse Mr. McMahon if he does not care about the boos.
Excuse him if he does whatever it takes to rid those
who speak out against him, whether it is Stone Cold
Steve Austin, the Undertaker, or another member of
the McMahon family. Excuse him if he simply does not
he is Mr. McMahon and he has earned to right
to do just about whatever he wants. And if you have
a problem with that, he will prove to you that you
never cross the boss!
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STAMFORD, Conn., August 4, 2006 - Just who is Vincent
Kennedy McMahon? Is he the outrageous owner and Chairman
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to portray the sinister and cutthroat Mr. McMahon?
How did his family react to his request of them to
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brutal battles with Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve
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