A WWE Hall of Famer has chimed in with his inside perspective on the differences between the members of the McMahon family.
Teddy Long has worked for WWE in a lot of different roles going back to the 1990s and in the wrestling business before that. Fans may remember Long in different roles like when he was a referee, a manager and of course a long run as the General Manager of Smackdown.
During his time as the GM of Smackdown, Long was known for putting wrestlers in tag team matches along with his favorite hobby of telling a heel that they had to go “one-on-one with The Undertaker,” which usually led to an angry reaction by whoever Long was talking to.
Since he worked with WWE for so long, Teddy knows WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon well along with his estranged wife Linda. In addition to that, Teddy was also very familiar with Vince & Linda’s son Shane along with former WWE Chairwoman Stephanie, who is Vince & Linda’s daughter.
While speaking on Sportskeeda’s Wrestle Binge podcast, Long talked about the McMahon Family.
“Well, I think that Vince and Stephanie are basically the same. They’re just strictly business, you know, no hard feelings against anybody to make them feel bad or whatever, but it’s all about business.”
As he continued, Teddy was asked if Stephanie and Linda McMahon were more alike compared to than Stephanie and Vince.
“I don’t know. I had a chance to do a couple of skits with Linda McMahon and I might have been in something else, but I never did try and put them two together, their reaction, or anything like that because I never looked at it like that. I never did see Miss McMahon as much as I saw Stephanie and Vince, so I couldn’t tell you. When I had encounters with Miss McMahon, she was always sweet, just as nice as she could be, great, but with Vince and Stephanie, I got to see both sides (he laughs).”
With regard to Shane McMahon, Teddy believes that he is more of a laid-back kind of guy.
“Shane was laid back. He was cool. He knew how to get along with everybody, but Shane was also business too. He inherited that, so he understood too that when it’s time to play, it’s time to play, but when it’s business, it’s business.”
Long will also be on WWE’s Raw 30th-anniversary special airing tonight from Philadelphia with Teddy talking about how he’s going to be there.
“I’m so, so happy to be a part of that, man. I can’t wait to get there and see all the fans, and you know, man, you know me. I’m just gonna be holla, holla, holla.”
Teddy Long was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.