WWE commentator Corey Graves has recounted the time that Vince McMahon yelled at him during a festive edition of WWE Raw.
McMahon’s rants over the headset have become legendary over the years, with the demands of producing live television often leading to outbursts that have proven too much for some.
Famously, WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley departed the company in 2008 after a short stint behind the announcer desk, citing creative differences that he later revealed were down to McMahon’s stern handling of his commentary team.
Current WWE commentator Corey Graves shared a Vince McMahon story of his own in a recent appearance on The Kurt Angle Show, revealing that the former WWE Chairman showed no festive cheer during a Christmas Day episode of WWE Raw in 2017:
“The first time I ever got ‘Vince’d,’ it was Chicago, Christmas night, we did Monday Night Raw live. This was probably four or five years ago.
The Raw commentary desk was on top of the stage by the entrance way, and we would stand up and turn around and do these reverse on-cameras so that the ring and the crowd was in the back. It was a cool set up.
Michael Cole and I were discussing beforehand. He said, ‘I’m going to do Welcome To Monday Night Raw. Happy Holidays, everybody. You can say Merry Christmas, here’s what we have on tap.’ Okay, great, we’ll throw into some graphics.
Cole goes, ‘Welcome everyone to Monday Night Raw. Happy Holidays, everybody!’ With the speed of lightning, the boss was on the all-call button, which means everybody listening can hear. ‘I SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS! NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!’ Meanwhile, I’m going, ‘I was gonna say….’ I’m getting yelled at on camera. I’m like a deer in headlights. I’m going, this is it, I’m getting fired on Christmas night.
Of course, we get done, he comes on and goes, ‘Aha, that was good. Thanks guys.’ I was terrified. My heart skips a few beats!”
Vince McMahon No Longer Part Of WWE Creative
It would seem that Corey Graves and his broadcast colleagues’ words are no longer scrutinised by Vince McMahon after recent reports suggested that McMahon no longer had influence over creative matters within WWE , with Triple H placed in charge by Endeavor boss Ari Emanuel.
H/T: Fightful for the above transcription