Vince McMahon’s unhinged reputation proceeds him whatever he goes. Nobody wants to work for someone with an explosive personality, especially when they’re a perfectionist with dominant, controlling tendencies. Naturally, this led to several occasions when Vince McMahon blew up backstage for any number of reasons.
WWE introduced a mysterious new faction going by the name of ‘Retribution’ during the pandemic. Boasting a diverse roster of wrestlers and a shared agenda of chaos and anarchy, Retribution made waves in the wrestling world and caused plenty of chaos since its unveiling.
Right from the beginning, Retribution targeted some of WWE’s biggest stars, including Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, and was involved in a number of high-profile matches and storylines. The stable disbanded at Fastlane in March 2021 after Mace and T-Bar rebelled against Mustafa Ali. It turns out that Vince McMahon might have also been gunning for a few members backstage.
The twin sons of WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley, Terrence and Terrell Hughes, know a thing or two about what it’s like behind the curtain in WWE. If the two brothers are to be believed, a former member of the Retribution faction once got an earful from Vince McMahon and backstage producers.
During an appearance on “Insight with Chris Van Vliet,” Terrence and Terrell Hughes reflected on the time a heard Vince McMahon unleashed his wrath on an unnamed talent who was once a part of Retribution.
“They notice every little thing, too. One of the guys from Retribution dropped his phone, and I don’t know why he brought his phone, but he dropped his phone, and the producers and Vince and them were yelling at him. If there was a crowd and there’s a lot of people, I feel like they would’ve missed it, but they notice every little thing.”
The two brothers also have experience working on AEW’s YouTube shows. Terrence chalked out the difference between performing at a WWE show and an AEW event.
“I think with AEW, Tony’s a little bit different,” Terrence said. “He would come up to us and actually give feedback, the matches and stuff like that, and then the agents will usually come and watch. For WWE, Vince doesn’t come up to you, so it’s a little different.”
After receiving critical reviews, Retribution underwent various iterations and overhauls in an attempt to keep things fresh and interesting. However, the central concept of Retribution as a disruptive and enigmatic force in WWE programming had remained intact ahead of its disbandment.
We’ll have to see what’s next for Vince McMahon, but dealing with Retribution is not on his plate at all as he ushers WWE into sales talks. For this story, and everything else going on in the pro wrestling world, keep an eye right here at Ringside News.
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