Vince McMahon appeared on The Pat McAfee show today to promote the upcoming WrestleMania 38. The rare interview came as McMahon is hoping to make the Dallas event the biggest Mania of all time. Nobody was sure exactly how things would go with the eccentric WWE boss.

Pat McAfee and Vince McMahon are no strangers. Pat works as a commentator for WWE. He is also a huge wrestling fan. In the lead-up to McMahon’s arrival, you could tell that Pat was getting excited.

McAfee asked Vince McMahon what he thought of public perception. In the past, Vince has been ridiculed for his association with wrestling. Many in the media believe he’s not a very good person. McMahon had plenty to say in response.

Pat wasted no time asking Vince McMahon about how he feels about public perceptions. Vince said he doesn’t really think about it.


“I stay out of all of it. I mean, I think… Again, I’m not big on the pats on the back. It really screws with your mind. I’m just who I am. If you listen to the positives, then you have to listen to the negatives.

I’m not big on negatives at all. A negative, no matter what it is, is a double negative. Because if  you’re dealing with this negative, that means you’re not dealing with a positive in which you put your intellectual cost into that positive, not the negative.

I try and stay away from negatives as much as possible. Members of the media, they’re going to say what they’re going to say. There’s nothing you can do to change it… You’re dealing with a negative, and if people think you’re an assh*le, you can’t change that… You can’t change perception, generally, when you’re a public persona type-thing, you can’t. Don’t bother. So, it doesn’t bother me. I used to really care about what people thought of me. I care about what the general public thinks of me as far as the business is concerned. If people think I’m an assh*le, then congratulations, I guess I am.”

Vince McMahon tries to keep the negatives out of his life. If people are going to judge him, it doesn’t bother him too much. Vince has been around long enough to understand that you can’t take criticism too personally.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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