Vince McMahon is a billionaire and is certainly larger than life, in more ways than one. In fact, there have been many crazy stories about him over the years, most of which are true. McMahon was never afraid of spending money, but even he had his limits at times.
WWE has spent a ton of money over the years on upping their production values for a lot of storylines and television angles. In fact, they seemed to have almost bottomless wallets when it came to splurging money.
While speaking on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, MLW CEO and former WWE creative team member Court Bauer recalled Vince McMahon being shocked when he found out WWE spent $30k on worms for a segment with The Boogeyman and JBL.
“One time we had a thing where The Boogeyman, who loved to eat worms – not really but it was part of the gimmick and we had these worms fall from the ceiling in the arena.
“BL’s rolling around in them because, of course, the heel’s terrified of the worms and Vince is laughing, going, ‘Oh, that’s great.’ It’s raining worms in the arena and he turns to us and goes, ‘How much were those worms? That’s a lot of worms.
We go over and get the production assistant or the writer’s assistant. McMahon asks, ”How much was it?’.
He goes, ‘Well sir, that was $30,000’, and Vince’s jaw drops. He was like, ‘$30,000 for worms?’.” ‘Well they were out of normal worms so we had to go organic’, and (Vince) just looked shocked.
He’s like, I can’t believe we just blew $30,000. There’s John Layfield rolling in the worms and he’s crying and everyone’s laughing but, it’s like, he was shocked and I think that assistant was fired soon thereafter but the show went on.
You think about a lot of companies are gagged to spend that kind of money, it’s excessive. At WWE, it’s on a totally different level.”
The aforementioned segment with Boogeyman took place in January 2006 on Friday Night Smackdown. Vince McMahon is enjoying his life after retirement after the hush money scandal. We’ll have to see if he will ever return to WWE television again.
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