WWE.com has published a new article featuring top superstars reflecting on the first time they ever met Vince McMahon, and the following are some highlights.
John Cena recalls first meeting Vince before his WWE TV debut, and Vince had a “disgusted” look on his face and instructed officials to cut Cena’s hair.
“That was the first time I met Vince McMahon and he was disgusted to look at me,” Cena said. “They shipped me out and I immediately got a haircut, which was not dyed blond, but equally as horrible.”
Daniel Bryan also recalls meeting Vince for the first time and tells the following story:
“I didn’t even know how to sit in a suit,” Bryan admitted. “He asked me things like, ‘What would you like to see happen?’ I told him that I’d like to come in and be a top guy, but I had concerns about not being very big. I have a very self-deprecating sense of humor and think of myself as a humble person, so it’s hard for me to say that I’m good at something. Vince said, ‘Shawn tells me you’re very good.’ And I just said, ‘Well, I’m okay.’ And I could tell instantly he disliked that. It was very awkward and very uncomfortable. Vince takes these very long pauses after he asks you a question and you answer him. He’ll just look at you. Some will start talking, which I think he likes because it shows they’re uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable, but I just looked at him. I was waiting for him to talk and he was waiting for me to talk. It was surreal. I was very nervous and even in in my $500 suit — which I thought was the most expensive suit in the world — I knew I was inadequately dressed. This guy has the power to control your destiny.”