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Vincent James McMahon (July 6, 1914 – May 24, 1984), sometimes referred to as Vince McMahon Sr., was an American
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promoter. He is best known for running the
Capitol Wrestling Corporation Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. was an American sports promotion company. It was run by Vincent J. McMahon from 1953–1982. Operating as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC), the company was originally a professional wrestling Profession ...
, which was later renamed WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation) and WWF (World Wrestling Federation) during his tenure and is currently called
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(World Wrestling Entertainment), from 1953 to 1982, as well as for being the father of his successor,
Vincent K. McMahon
Vincent K. McMahon
.


Early life

Vincent James McMahon was born on July 6, 1914, in
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Harlem, New York
to Rose (Davis) and Roderick James "Jess" McMahon, a successful
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, wrestling and concert promoter, who had worked with legendary
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promoter
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. His parents were both of
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descent. He had an older brother, Roderick James Jr., and a younger sister, Dorothy. As a child, McMahon would often accompany his father to Madison Square Garden where he would play, and later, begin learning the family business.


Professional wrestling

McMahon saw the tremendous potential for growth that the pro wrestling industry had in the era following
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, especially with the development of
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television
and its need for new programming. Similar to
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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 Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. was an American sports promotion company. It was run by Vincent J. McMahon from 1953–1982. Operating as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC), the company was originally a professional wrestling Profession ...
, which was later renamed World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), came to dominate professional wrestling in the 1950s and 1960s in the nation's most populous area, the
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. His control was primarily in Baltimore, New York, and New Jersey. Despite its name, the WWWF was, like all professional wrestling promotions of that era, mostly a regional operation. It was however the one that came to dominate the most lucrative region. In 1956, McMahon began airing his matches on television on Wednesday nights on the DuMont Network. The telecast originated from an old barn in Washington, D.C. It was one of the struggling network's last live sports telecasts before it went out of business the following year; however, WABD, DuMont's flagship station in New York (Now Fox-owned
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), kept the show after becoming an independent station, airing wrestling on Saturday nights until 1971. In her biography, wrestler
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claimed that McMahon was one of the first promoters to split gate proceeds with his wrestlers. Unlike his son, McMahon believed that the job of a promoter should be kept backstage or behind the scenes and should never interfere with the action in the ring. As a result, McMahon almost never came down to the squared circle. He can however clearly be seen standing ringside during the infamous Madison Square Garden "Alley Fight" between
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and Pat Patterson. Though McMahon appeared in the movie '' The Wrestler'' in a cast that was dominated by contemporary wrestlers, he believed that wrestlers should remain wrestlers and not branch off into other forms of media. Accordingly, he disapproved of
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Hulk Hogan
's appearance in ''
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'' in 1982, leading to Hogan's temporary departure from the WWF for
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's
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. When his son purchased the WWF, he felt differently than his father on the issue. He rehired Hogan as his top star and avidly supported wrestlers branching out into other fields, as well as cross-promotions with various musicians, actors, and other personalities outside of wrestling. In 1982, McMahon sold the parent company of the World Wrestling Federation to his son
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Vince McMahon
and his company Titan Sports, Inc. His son, much to his father's initial concern, set out to make the WWF national and eventually worldwide in scope. "Had my father known what I was going to do", the younger McMahon told ''
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'' in 1991, "he never would have sold his stock to me." The younger McMahon's competitive tactics were successful, and the WWF quickly became the most prominent exponent of "sports entertainment". His son Vince is still running his father's promotion, which since 2002 has been called World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). McMahon's grandchildren
Shane
Shane
and
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Stephanie
also work for the WWF/E. McMahon was posthumously inducted into the
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Class of 1996, by his grandson,
Shane
Shane
.


Personal life and death

McMahon had two sons with his first wife, Victoria "Vicky" H. Askew (born July 11, 1920); Roderick James "Rod" McMahon III (October 14, 1943 – January 20, 2021), and
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Vince McMahon
(born August 24, 1945). McMahon married his second wife, Juanita Wynne Johnston (December 20, 1916 – January 19, 1998), and the couple lived in
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Fort Lauderdale
. McMahon would not live to see his company grow from a territorial promotion to what is now a worldwide organization. On May 24, 1984, McMahon died at age 69 from
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pancreatic cancer
. Vince Sr. and his wife Juanita are buried at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
.


Awards and accomplishments

*
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** Class of 2004 *
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**
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( Class of 1996) *Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards **
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( Class of 1996) *Other accomplishments **Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame (Class of 1984)


References


Sources

* * * (via Google Books)


External links

*
"Vince McMahon: The Tradition Lives On"
* {{DEFAULTSORT:McMahon, Vince Sr. 1914 births 1984 deaths 20th-century American businesspeople American sports businesspeople American people of Irish descent Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum WWE Hall of Fame inductees Deaths from pancreatic cancer Deaths from cancer in Florida Professional wrestling promoters McMahon family