The friendship between Vince McMahon and Donald Trump is no secret. He has supported Trump’s presidential campaign and the two had a little fun when Vince turned their friendship into an on-screen rivalry to create “The Battle of the Billionaires” for WrestleMania 23.
This angle may have also upset The Chairman.
Court Bauer, MLW owner and former WWE writer was on staff at the time. During an episode of Talk Is Jericho, he revealed that McMahon felt at one point Trump was trying to show him up on Raw.
“Donald Trump was there doing the angle with Vince, and one night, we’re doing some sort of in-ring deal with Trump and Vince. And it was cold, and Donald Trump has that big winter jacket,” Bauer said. “He’s 6’4″ or something like that. He’s kind of a deceptively tall guy. They’re doing a promo, and Vince and him are going face-to-face as the ‘Battle of Billionaires’ thing goes down.”
“Afterwards, we’re in the limo and Vince is just livid. They get along great, but there’s that kindred spirit thing with them and everything. He felt like Donald had intentionally showed him up. He’s like, ‘Did you see that? He was wearing that jacket. Clearly his shoulder pad was stuffed to look bigger. It’s ridiculous.’ And he was really hot about Trump trying to look bigger than him.”
Sometimes the smallest things get perceived as slights by Vince McMahon, and this is a case of that. Then again, when you have two people with large egos, it’s entirely possible Vince may not have been wrong either.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the quote
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