The Donald Trump WWE relationship has gone back many, many years and the two entities have worked together on numerous occasions. It now looks like the WWE is taking a very big stand when it comes to endorsing Donald Trump’s run for the U.S. presidency. Former WWE CEO and co-owner Linda McMahon went on CNN on Wednesday and basically endorsed Trump personally in an interview.
McMahon is no stranger to politics. She herself ran for Senate as a Republican, and that is when she stepped down as the CEO of the WWE. It is also when the WWE eliminated blood and sexual innuendos from storylines and changed to a PG-centered television show. McMahon is now CEO of Women’s Leadership Live and was on CNN to talk about that as well as Trump’s candidacy.
While the Donald Trump political run has been compared to the WWE in many areas thanks to his overblown antics and enthusiasm, McMahon believes that Trump is actually smarter than that. Transcribing part of the interview, Pro Wrestling Scoops reported that McMahon even said that Trump would make a very good president.
“I’ve known Donald for over 20 years. And when I’ve been asked before, I’ve said, look, let me tell you what I know about him personally. I said he’s loyal. I said he absolutely is a good businessman. He hires smart people around him. He’s – he is very patriotic. He’s a good – he’s a good man. And very accomplished. And I think he would make a very good president.”
The relationship between Donald Trump and the WWE stretches back to the ’80s. After the WWE broke the all-time attendance record at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit with WrestleMania III, Vince McMahon wanted to scale down the event for the fourth installment. The next two years, the WWE held the event at Trump Plaza and Donald Trump took center stage at both shows as a supporter of the WWE and professional wrestling.
Trump then returned to the WWE at WrestleMania 23 for a huge angle where he backed a wrestler named Bobby Lashley against Vince McMahon’s chosen wrestler, a monster called Umaga. The billionaire whose wrestler lost the match would have his head shaved. This played off Trump’s iconic hairdo and McMahon’s arrogance. Of course, Trump’s man won and Vince ended up bald.
In 2009, Trump was back in an angle that saw him buy the WWE. Of course, this was all just a storyline and McMahon got ownership back for double the price the next week. The WWE then honored Trump in 2013 when he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame. Vince himself came out to induct Trump into the Hall of Fame.