Vince McMahon is often credited with being the greatest mind the wrestling business has ever seen. He's viewed as something like a god of the industry who gave birth to sports entertainment, but he has had more than a little help in producing some revolutionary ideas.
People like Kevin Dunn, Pat Patterson and now Triple H remain firmly in Vince's ear when it comes to new business proposals and, especially, the in-ring product.
Many casual fans might think that the Royal Rumble - which is now 28-years-old - was a brainchild of McMahon, but in actual fact, the concept came courtesy of the WWE's first ever Intercontinental champion, Patterson.
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The Canadian appeared on The Rack on Wildtalk radio this past week to promote his upcoming book 'Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE' and fielded a whole host of WWE questions during his time on the show.
Not only did Patterson come up with the original idea, but McMahon did not like it at all. The 75-year-old had to persuade the chairman to give the unique match a chance, and it's turned out to be one of the greatest staples in the industry today.
“When I came up with the Royal Rumble, Vince (McMahon) thought it was a stupid idea. I said it’s not, it’s going to work, oh my god give me a break, he didn’t want to do it. It is now one of our the best pay per views we have every year. It is fun and the talent likes it.”
We're sure Vince has changed his tune now. The winner of the Royal Rumble gets the opportunity to fight for the world title at Wrestlemania every single year and is probably the greatest narrative in the business.
It could be argued the WWE wouldn't have made some of the stars it has today if it wasn't for the 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal.