Vince McMahon was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina on August 24, 1945. His father Vincent James McMahon who was a professional wrestler but he left the family when Vince was still a baby. He attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated in 1964.
Vince had multiple step-fathers and is on record as saying that one of his step-fathers called Leo Lupton used to beat his mother but he unfortunately died before he could kill him. Although Vince had to overcome dyslexia as a child he found reward from doing wrestling just like his father did.
When Vince was younger he would often accompany his father to Madison Square Garden and watch his some championship fight. Although Vince wanted to become a wrestler as well, his father advised against it saying that promoters did not show any loyalty to the wrestlers.
Vince graduated from East Carolina University in 1968 with a degree in business and tried working as a travelling salesman and still training as a wrestler. At the time he also started getting involved in the management of the Capitol Wrestling Corporation which his father owned.
In 1971 Vince made his debut as a ring announcer for the Corporation now acting as the WWF's All-Star Wrestling and was later assigned to promote wrestling in Maine which is where he landed up promoting his first card. After that his career was set and he started work as a play-by-play ring announcer specifically for television matches.
He kept this job until the summer of 1997 but Vince was always interested in the management of wrestling and during the 1970s Vince McMahon became a popular and well-known force for the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which was his father’s company that he later took over.
Working directly with his father who was now back in his life Vince helped to assist his father by tripling TV syndication for wrestling, but he continued to push for the renaming of the company to become the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
The wrestling boom started in the 1980’s and Vince then purchased the Capitol Wrestling Corporation and changed the name to World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He had a vision of where the wrestling popularity would go and decided to split from the National Wrestling Alliance, which was the governing body for world wrestling.
Using characters like the megastar Hulk Hogan he started to aggressively promote wresting and started the WrestleMania series. It was a worldwide success and Vince continued to re-shape the WWF in a unique sports entertainment that infected everybody to some extent.
By promoting big names like Hulk Hogan etc he managed to secure PPV TV rights, which managed to catapult wresting into a multi-million dollar empire. In 1987 Vince drew over 94 000 wresting fans into the Pontiac Silverdome to create what the press called the ‘biggest crowd in sports entertainment history.’
Vince McMahon has been involved in bodybuilding in many ways over the years.
He has employed quite a few bodybuilders as wrestlers in the WWF (now known as the WWE) such as Superstar Billy Graham, Tony Atlas, The Ultimate Warrior, etc.
In the early 1990's he started his own bodybuilding magazine called "Bodybuilding Lifestyles", a bodybuilding federations called "The World Bodybuilding Federation (WBF)" and even a bodybuilding supplement company called "ICOPRO".
Vince himself is a non-competitive bodybuilder who has worked out his whole life and even today still has a great physique, he even appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Magazine in April of 2006.
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