Vince McMahon revealed a lot during his much-anticipated interview with Pat McAfee this afternoon. The WWE boss was fairly candid in each answer he gave. Fans weren’t sure what to expect going in, but Vince had a ton to say.

Pat asked Vince if he makes decisions on who to push or keep based on personal ties. McMahon said that since the company went public, it became a lot easier. Vince also said he has no problem playing the bad guy when he has to.

“It’s not personal, it’s business. Once I took the company public, it helped me be a better businessman because prior to that I was running the business mostly with my heart. These decisions are so damn tough when you do that because you know who it is, he has kids, this that and the other or someone has cancer in the family or all that computes in your head.

Once you’re a public company, now you owe stockholders. It is the business then. So, it helps me make easier and better business decisions. My heart, there’s still some of it in there, but at the same time, it’s business and there’s nothing personal about it in terms of whether I like somebody or don’t like someone or whatever…

Athletes, maybe more so in our type of business, when they’re not given the opportunity, or even if they are and it doesn’t work, people from all walks of life seldom look in the mirror and say, ‘You know what, I’m the guy who f*cked up. It was  on me.’ Instead, everyone has a million excuses as to why things didn’t work. Generally speaking, the heat has to go someplace, the old blame game, and I’m the bad guy. That’s part of the job.”

Vince McMahon pointed out multiple times that personal responsibility and leadership are the keys to winning him over. That process became a lot easier when Vince gained a legal duty to make money for stockholders. It’s not personal for Vince. It’s just business.

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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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