On the night that Shane McMahon returned to WWE after a six-year absence, there was an interesting comment made by him and Vince McMahon. Both of them mentioned something about a lock box owned by Vince and it being opened and the contents revealed at some point. Well, that storyline has gotten very little attention, and it’s one that is just about gone. It falls into the group of random WWE storylines that have been abandoned, dropped, or just never resolved.
When the lock box was mentioned, Vince McMahon’s eyes got as big as saucers, and he kind of freaked out. Then, it wasn’t spoken of again for weeks. On the night after, Vince McMahon came out and said that due to Shane losing in Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania 32, the lock box is his again, and all is right with the world.
All may be right with him, but not anyone else. What’s in the box? That little detail/storyline is likely going the way of ten others:
This was just a really weird angle of grainy security cam footage which captured WWE superstars in their most private moments. It lasted for a number of years, and there was never a reveal as to who was behind it. Last year though, SE SCOOPS reported that Chris Jericho finally revealed who was supposed to have done it.
“When I did the Live with Chris Jericho with Stephanie at the Titan Studios WWE Studios. GTV was supposed to be Tom Green. Yes. And I just found out about it the other day. I didn’t know! GTV. And remember doesn’t it fit because remember Tom Green used to film stuff you know, pranks, stuff and all that shit and then what happened was they started planting the seeds for GTV and then Vince actually saw Tom Green’s stuff and said this guy is not funny. Done.”
2. Who raised the briefcase?
It’s easily one of the most memorable storylines in wrestling history, and a moment that will never be forgotten. At King of the Ring 1999, Stone Cold Steve Austin took on Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon in a ladder match. Hanging high above the ring was a briefcase with control of the company inside of it.
At one point, Austin got high on the ladder and was in position to grab it. As he reached for it, someone raised it up to prevent him from winning. The person who raised the briefcase has still never been officially revealed by WWE.
It’s something that has never ever been given a clear answer. Even good ol’ Jim Ross has been asked about it before (in 2011), and he simply stated, “Sorry…I don’t remember what I had for lunch last Tuesday much less what occurred in ’99.”
3. The Bella Twins heel and face turns
Nikki and Brie Bella have had countless heel and face turns during their time in WWE, and many of the heel turns happen by them turning on each other. There are at least three instances where the heel turn was never explained. It just happened.
4. Just Joe
Joe E. Legend was in WWE (then WWF) in early 2000 and lasted until March of 2001 before being released. He was an average wrestler and had the gimmick of being “Just Joe” who would be a messenger for everyone and instigate arguments/feuds. It was pointless.
5. Hornswoggle is the son of Vince McMahon
This is something that actually happened. Hornswoggle was revealed as the illegitimate son of the WWE chairman. The angle was kind of weird for a while, and then it was revealed that Hornswoggle was actually Finlay’s son and Shane McMahon had made up the other story to scam money out of his father.
6. Hade Vansen
In 2007, Hade Vansen signed with WWE and went to developmental before eventually heading to SmackDown with a “Fallen Angel” gimmick similar to that of Christopher Daniels. He was called up on Dec. 12, 2008, and the plan was for him to go after The Undertaker and threaten him in vignettes before attacking him.
Hade gave one promo and was released from his contract on Jan. 9, 2009 without any explanation. Reddit has Vansen saying he was to lead a gang of “X-Men”-style mutants against The Undertaker before facing the “Deadman” himself at WrestleMania 25.
Over the Christmas holidays, WWE said the storyline was being put on hold, and it was then dropped and he was released.
7. Josh Mathews threatens to sue WWE and General Managers
Back in 2012, Kane attacked former announcer Josh Mathews twice in the matter of a couple of weeks. At the time, AJ Lee was the General Manager of Monday Night Raw and Booker T was the General Manager of SmackDown. Matthews was irate and threatened to sue Booker T, AJ, and WWE due to having been beaten up.
— Josh Mathews (@realjoshmathews) September 1, 2012
It had potential, and WWE.com even wondered if it was a good idea by Mathews, but it went absolutely nowhere and just disappeared.
8. Kane vs. Kane
In May of 2009, an impostor Kane showed up wearing his old ring attire and original mask. The real Kane was currently wrestling without a mask and in just long tights. The two Kanes faced off at Vengeance, where the impostor Kane actually defeated the real Kane.
The next night, the real Kane attacked the fake one, ripped off his mask, and threw him out of the building, which ended the storyline. Oddly enough, the wrestler playing the role of the fake Kane was Drew Hankinson, aka Luke “Doc” Gallows, who just debuted again with WWE last night.
9. Zach Gowen just disappeared
The miraculous one-legged wrestler debuted in WWE in May of 2003 and was in storylines with Hulk Hogan/Mr. America, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Sean O’Haire. In this storyline, Gowen eventually got into a feud with Vince McMahon, who had Brock Lesnar push a wheelchair-bound Gowen down a stairwell.
Oddly enough, the feud just ended there.
10. Million Dollar Mania
Vince McMahon was going to give away his own personal money to WWE fans, and it was going to be a total of $1 million on a Monday Night Raw. Fans would register online and each week, McMahon would randomly select a fan to win a portion of it. After three weeks, McMahon gave away $500,000 and explosions went off on the Raw stage, which caused part of it to fall on top of Vince.
That was the end of that.
When it comes to wrestling storylines and angles, there are some that just don’t get the right crowd response or simply don’t work out. Sometimes, WWE will end them quickly, and then there are other times that it’s best just to make it seem like they never even happened. Vince McMahon’s lock box contents may still be found out one day, but fans may never ever know who raised the briefcase.
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