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Wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon, chairman of the WWE, is presumed to have died in a fiery limousine explosion on June 11th, 2007. Mr. McMahon had just finished a celebration called “Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night.”
He stepped into his limo which soon exploded in a catastrophic boom seen for miles around in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
No body has been recovered.
The emblazoned limousine was engulfed by flames that reached skyward at estimated heights of more than 50 feet. The sight of the charred debris led to speculation that there was no conceivable way anyone could have escaped from the limo alive. Early assessments from local firefighters and police officers sent a similar feeling regarding the probability of the Chairman’s survival.
So who whacked Vince McMahon? Nobody killed him, that is who. He is not dead! It is a spectacular hoax fitting in the best tradition of the WWE.
This story is clearly a hoax and a fun one to be sure. The WWE has managed to create a terrific entertainment atmosphere under McMahon’s leadership for years. Tonight’s gripping story is just one example of the fun to be found at the WWE. You can be sure that ratings next week will skyrocket as Vince McMahon surfaces in a hospital ward somewhere.
Vincent James McMahon, better known as Vince McMahon, Sr. (July 6, 1914 –May 24, 1984) was a U.S. professional wrestling promoter. His father Roderick James "Jess" McMahon was a successful boxing and concert promoter who had worked with legendary Madison Square Garden promoter Tex Rickard and his mother Diane Banks was a designer from England. He saw the tremendous potential for growth that the pro-wrestling industry had in the era following World War II, especially with the development of television and its insatiable need for new programming. Similar to boxing, wrestling took place primarily within a small ring and could be covered adequately by one or two cameras, and venues for it could readily be assembled in television studios, lessening production costs.
McMahon's group, the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (later the World Wide Wrestling Federation) came to dominate pro wrestling in the 1950s and 1960s in the nation's most populous area—the Northeast. (Despite its name, the WWWF was, like all pro wrestling promotions of its time, mostly a regional operation. It was, however, the one that came to dominate the most lucrative region.) He had an eye for talent and for "booking" the matches that would lead to the most drama and excitement for the fans.
Vincent J. McMahon later sold the parent company of the WWF to his son Vincent Kennedy McMahon and his company Titan Sports, Inc. The younger McMahon, much to his father's initial concern, set out to make it truly national and even truly world-wide in scope. The younger McMahon was largely successful, and the WWF quickly became one of the most prominent exponents of "Sports Entertainment". Today, it is now known as the WWE, short for World Wrestling Entertainment. Vincent J. McMahon's grandchildren Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon also work for the company