WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has detailed Vince McMahon’s hysterical instructions he’d give people in case he ever died during a show.
The subject of life after Vince McMahon for WWE had been the subject of much conjecture for many years as ultimately time comes for us all – even Vince McMahon. At 76 years old in July 2022, McMahon did what almost nobody expected and walked away from the company he had run for forty years as he announced his retirement.
The retirement may not have been entirely McMahon’s choice as it came amid a backdrop of sexual misconduct and hush money allegations levelled at the former WWE Chairman.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, Shawn Michaels was asked if he ever envisioned a WWE without Vince McMahon and revealed that McMahon used to joke about dying at the Gorilla position and said no matter what, the show must go on:
“No. You can talk about it, but I never envisioned the time when Vince wasn’t there running stuff. All of us who have known him and worked with him for as long as we have, everyone knows, and I mean this lovingly, but he wanted to pass at his desk. That’s who he is. That’s how he’s built.”
“I had every reason to believe that’s exactly what he was going to do. He always made jokes that, ‘If I die at Gorilla position, the show has to go on. Don’t move me. We got to get to seg 10 and 11 and finish the show.” You can talk about it, again, there’s lots of big talk in our line of work, but very rarely you see it get delivered on, but he’s always done what he’s felt was best for business.”