WWE has changed a great deal since the glorious days of the Attitude Era, which was perhaps the absolute pinnacle of Vince McMahon's company. Even the boss of the company is no longer the man he once was, now having to deal with talents that are almost 40 less than him in most cases.
While the Stamford-based federation had succeeded in continuing the shows during the pandemic, it had to release several superstars and several insiders to contain the damage associated with an unprecedented situation. During the latest edition of 'Legion of RAW' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo explained how much the perception of Vince McMahon has changed in the eyes of athletes.
“Vince McMahon has always appreciated those who had the courage to face him face to face. I saw it firsthand with Shawn Michaels. HBK told him the worst things, but Vince never reacted to his bluntness. Now it is as if he had turned into the powerful and mysterious Oz that no one has the courage to challenge” - Vince Russo analyzed.
Vince McMahon is now 75 years old
The intimidating aura that Vince has assumed is also due to the huge gap between the stars in terms of age. “It's definitely a factor to take into account. During the time of the Attitude Era, Vince was younger than some of the talents on the roster or the same age as themselves.
This meant that his attitude was very different from today, he was almost an equal. Now he has taken on the role of the wise old grandfather, in front of whom the boys pee in their pants. I don't mean to insult Vince or anything like that, I'm just describing the change that has taken place.
Vince McMahon is just a wrestling promoter, it should be remembered since sometimes he is almost associated with a deity. I advise young people not to have all this fear,” he commented. Recently, WWE has returned to hosting fans in arenas, finding a pinch of normality.
The former head writer said that times have changed as the WWE Chairman is now 75 years old and dealing with many wrestlers in their 20s. Russo added that Vince McMahon has grown to have an intimidating aura as a result. At the end of the day, Russo felt that McMahon is a wrestling promoter, and people should clearly understand the veteran's approach towards the business.