Ex-WWE Star Claims Vince McMahon’s Mind Was Often “Vacant”

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A former WWE Superstar is glad the company has left Vince McMahon behind.

Vince McMahon’s control over WWE was all-encompassing. After taking ownership of the company from his father, McMahon became arguably the most influential figure in wrestling history.

However, working for McMahon wasn’t an enjoyable experience for many, with former and current employees recalling even senior figures walking on eggshells around the former Chairman.

Speaking to Scott Mitchell of, EC3 recalled his own ill-fated stint with WWE which was very much under McMahon’s control at the time. The NWA star said the now-disgraced former WWE boss ran the company in a “tyrannical” way, adding he’d “lost it.”

“This is before the new regime which credit where it’s due, WWE has been really good lately since Vince left. In the past, it was very controlled, and tyrannical in a way.

One man was in charge of everything and didn’t know what was going on half the time, the other half of the time his mind was completely vacant. He lost it. Everything was super controlled, and everyone was super job-scared.

The ability to create within yourself wasn’t there. ‘Hey, here’s a script,’ ‘Oh, do you mind if I do this,’ ‘No, you have to say and do exactly that,’ ‘Why, I’d never say—’, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ Everyone was walking on eggshells and bending a knee so to speak.”

In January 2024, Janel Grant filed a lawsuit against Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis, and WWE alleging several instances of sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Although McMahon continues to deny any wrongdoing, he resigned from his role with the TKO Group in disgrace after the allegations went public.

Randy Orton Thankful WWE Has Moved on From Vince McMahon-Era

In a recent interview, Randy Orton explained why WWE was such a stressful environment with Vince McMahon at the helm.

Orton echoed many of the same sentiments expressed by EC3, explaining that creative was changed on a whim and often just hours before Raw and SmackDown went on the air. The Viper said that with Triple H now in charge, the creative process is much more straightforward, and storylines are planned out in advance where possible.