Vince McMahon is a scary man and you don't have to take my word for it.
WWE.com ran a feature today where they asked several current WWE superstars about what it was like to meet Big Vince for the very first time. As you can imagine the word 'intimidating' comes up a lot.
We wrote earlier about John Cena's anecdote of his first meeting with McMahon, where Vince made the future face of the WWE get a haircut before he was allowed to go on TV, but here's a few more.
One of the stars they spoke to was Daniel Bryan and the leader of the yes movement admitted just how uncomfortable and awkward his entire meeting with Vince was. The fact that Vince and Bryan have the exact opposite personalities did not help things.
"Vince said, ‘Shawn (Michaels) tells me you’re very good.’ And I just said, ‘Well, I’m okay.’ And I could tell instantly he disliked that. It was very awkward and very uncomfortable."
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JBL The Ballerina
The next star to give their tales of meeting VKM was John 'Bradshaw' Layfield. According to JBL, Vince tried to tell JBL he would be portraying the character of a ballerina in the ring. It did not go down well.
"He sat me down, and with a complete straight face he said, ‘We’re going to make you a bad guy ballerina.’ I’d always been a cowboy and I’d already told WCW I wasn’t coming. I looked at him and thought, ‘Oh god, I’ve made the worst decision of my life.’ I said to him, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, it’ll be great. You’re going to be a ballerina that’s a real bad guy.’
Thankfully it was all a joke. "Then he started laughing and said, ‘No, I like the cowboy. We’ll do that. That sounds good," JBL added.
Cody Rhodes was another of those to talk about their experience meeting McMahon. Rhodes - who now portrays the character of Stardust - reveals how he was so uncomfortable he basically ended the meeting between him and the boss when he was just 20-years old.
"I was uncomfortable, so I ended the conversation even though it was his job to end the conversation. Instead, I shook his hand, slapped him on the shoulder really hard... I instantly thought, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ because I didn’t mean it. I just wanted out of the conversation."
If there is any lesson to learn from this it is that Vince McMahon is intimidating as hell and to make sure you don't slap him on the shoulder. Oh, and wear a suit, Bryan added that was a big one.