Vince McMahon isn’t known for showing too much emotion. “The Chairman Of The Board” is rumored to not even allow himself to sneeze because he doesn’t like being in control of himself. However, while McMahon is a strong person both physically and emotionally, there have been a few moments where his emotion has shone through.
A recent one being during his interview for the Andre The Giant documentary for HBO. McMahon fought back tears while discussing how special of a Superstar Andre was to work with. Recently, WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler shared a story about how he once made McMahon cry.
Lawler said he painted a portrait of Vince, his son Shane, and his father Vince Mcmahon Sr. When McMahon saw the portrait, he needed to go to the corner of the room to collect himself, and held back tears as he thanked “The King” for the gift:
“I can’t tell you how many years ago it’s been. I don’t know where I got the idea from, but anyway I did a portrait, a big nice portrait for Vince. It was like a triple portrait, a portrait where Vince was in the middle, on the left of Vince was his son Shane and on the right of Vince was his father Vince, Sr. and so I did this portrait, worked on it a long time.
“It really turned out great. I had it all framed up and I took it to one of the Monday Night RAWs and I had it all wrapped up and anyway I saw Stephanie and I unwrapped it and she saw it and said, ‘Oh my gosh, Vince is gonna cry,’ and I went, ‘What?’ She said, ‘I’m telling you, he’s gonna cry when he sees that.’ I said, ‘No, no way.’
“She said, ‘Mark my words.’ Anyway she went out and a little bit later I saw Vince and I said, ‘Vince, I’ve got something I want to give to you, if you’ve got a minute.’ So I had him come into my room there and I opened the portrait up and he immediately looked at it and his hand came up and covered his mouth and he turned away like immediately. His hand came up.
“He turned away and walked over into a corner and he just stood there for maybe a couple of minutes and then he like slowly came back and looked at the picture again. I think it brought tears to his eyes. I was shocked and then he hugged me and said how much it meant to him and all that sort of stuff.
“That was like the one moment that I ever really saw from Vince that kind of emotion. I think it’s still hanging in his office.”
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H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions