Vince McMahon runs WWE the way he sees fit and some people aren’t too happy about it. However, nobody is actually angry enough to hire someone to whack McMahon. That was not the case when he was first gaining momentum.
During Grillin’ JR, the WWE Hall Of Fame announcer told a story about going to a meeting with Bill Watts in St Louis. This was during a time when Vince McMahon’s company was growing in popularity and doing some real damage to the NWA’s business.
There was a lunch meeting, but JR wasn’t privy to know the exact context of what was going on. Then he discovered exactly what the plot was when he least expected it while relieving himself in the bathroom.
“We’re getting ready to have lunch, that suspicious mystery lunch. And we had our break, and I make my way to the men’s room. I go into the first available stall. Might have been the only stall in there. And I get down to do my business, and here comes a bunch of guys walking in off of that meeting. Famous wrestling promoters. Hall of Fame men. Some of the most famous men in pro wrestling history, are in my little bathroom. And I’m sitting there trying to be discreet. You ever try to be discreet when you really need to go? It’s hard, it’s very sad. It’s really sad.”
“Anyway, they start talking about Vince. So one voice, very distinctive voice, says, ‘I could have the motherf*cker killed for $700. Why don’t we just do that?’ Then like I was surrounded by a bunch of little David Copperfields, my feet started elevating off the floor of the bathroom. Because I didn’t want anybody to see there’s anybody in there. They hadn’t noticed, they hadn’t said anything. And so that was kind of where that ended. They washed their hands, and I can’t wait to lower my feet back to the floor because my abdomen was hurting, ’cause I was in bad shape. And they leave.”
“So I come out of the — I finished my thing and washed my hands, believe it or not. I said, ‘Cowboy, well that was interesting.’ He says, ‘What?’ And so I told him. He says, ‘Aw, sh*t. They’re just flapping their gums, kid. They ain’t gonna do sh*t. They couldn’t agree who’s gonna put the $700 in, if that was what they’re gonna do.’ He said, ‘We’re leaving. And we’ll go someplace else and have a good lunch, besides this sh*t.”
“Cowboy was more interested in the lunch we had, we got a few names of talents that were [interested] and things were going on. We had some big shows coming up, so if you get a date on Harley, or a date on this guy or that guy, all helped. ’cause he’s not gonna join the Alliance.”
“So he said, ‘We’re going home because they’re done. They’re gonna repeat the same stories this afternoon they did this morning, except they’re gonna be longer and slower. And we’re out of here. Before we get through out last meeting, we’ll be back in Bixby.’ So that’s what we did. So the thought of killing Vince McMahon. The thought was not really expounded upon, like ‘Yeah, how do we go about doing that? Where would it be,’ whatever. It was basically a matter of fact, ‘Hey, I got a guy who’ll kill him for $700.’ So okay, I need to doo-doo and move on down the road.”
Vince McMahon obviously wasn’t murdered by a conspiracy concocted by the heads of the NWA. However, if someone would have been willing to front the $700 back then we might have a much different idea of what pro wrestling is today.
Thanks to 411 Mania for the quote