Back in 1998 Vince McMahon sat down to answer questions from fans on AOL chat. After the first attempt, which featured a McMahon monologue. This chat, taking place on Thursday August 27th, sees McMahon answer fans questions.
WWFBBANKS Welcome back to AOL Mr. McMahon!
WWFmatrat Mr. M: Good evening everyone, hopefully AOL has their stuff together tonight.
Mr. M Fire away!
Question Would you be interested in getting Stevie Richards in the WWF?
Mr. M Possibly, however, I’m concerned with Stevie Richards injury, I spoke to him in Philadelphia last Monday night and he indicated he just started wrestling back, but he had just sustained an injury to his neck area, I’m concerned about his health.
Question IS IT TRUE THAT YOKOZUNA WILL BE MAKING HIS RETURN SOON?
Mr. M Not unless Yoko has lost approximately 400 lbs. I wish he would make a return at a healthy weight.
Question Mr. McMahon, Who will be the number one contender for the WWF championship belt after Summer Slam?
Mr. M To be determined.
Question Last weeks Raw was the biggest one in a while but you still lost the rating’s how do you plan to win them back?
Mr. M Unfortunately Raw will be preempted for the next 2 weeks, however, where there’s a will there’s a way and there’s definitely a will on the part of the WWF
Question Thanks for taking the time to talk to us fans, Mr. McMahon. My question is if Hulk Hogan came to you after his WCW contract was up saying he wanted to end his career in the WWF, would you try to work out a deal with him or tell him thanks but no thanks?
Mr. M Theoretically, Hogan should end his career in the WWF, this is where Hogan achieved stardom, however, I don’t respond to hypothetical questions.
Question Vince, You must realize that many young children idolize the wrestlers of the WWF. I was wondering if you were at all concerned what the kids were picking up from the middle fingers and sex references from the wrestlers??
Mr. M It’s the 90’s! The WWF is only reflecting what is contemporary in today’s society I dare say there are a great deal more middle fingers and sexual references in everyone’s life then are portrayed in the WWF. Nonetheless, it is every parents discretion as to whether populace watch the WWF or any other TV program on the air.
Question Vince….how close, if at all, is Ric Flair to signing with Titan? By the way….the past few months have been the best in a looooong time in the WWF! Congrats.
Mr. M Thanks for the congratulations. If the WWF were to sign Rick Flair I would expect even more congratulations. Stayed tuned.
Question There are some rumors that there a lot of talent from the other federation may be jumping ship soon. Are there any there that you will try to get when their contracts are up?
Mr. M We will vigorously pursue any competitor who wants to be here in the WWF.
Question HEY VINCE WHO’S YOUR PICK AT SUMMERSLAM ON UNDERTAKER VS AUSTIN?
Mr. M Undertaker.
Question Thank you for your time, Vince. Do you think you made Hogan a name or did Hogan make himself a name?
Mr. M We did it together.
Question Mr. McMahon is it true that the WWF is in negotiations with the Fox network
Mr. M I’m not at liberty to discuss which networks are talking to us about programming.
Question How is HEAT doing in the ratings? Will it continue, and what is the agreement with the USA Network on it?
Mr. M USA has indicated that they have an interest in the WWF continuing to provide them HEAT on a weekly basis. However, we’re in negotiation as we speak.
Question Is pro wrestling’s main competition other sports or movies? How do you market it against the competition?
Mr. M The Wow’s competition other than direct competition, i.e. Ted Turner would be any entertainment in the action adventure vein.
Question Mr. McMahon, with the huge ratings Raw brings in, why is USA prempting it just for the 3 redneck tennis fans in Alabama?
Mr. M Those three redneck fans in Alabama obviously hold a great deal of USA Network’s stock. They are actually Larry, Curly and Moe of the Three Stooges. However, US Open Tennis of this year will have a WWF flavor.
Question Did you ever think Austin was going to be so popular?
Mr. M No I had no idea that a finger gesturing, beer swilling, foul mouthed Stone Cold would ever reach these heights of popularity. What do you people see in this redneck lunatic?
Question Mr. McMahon who in your opinion has the most talent in the WWF?
Mr. M Vince McMahon
Question Mr. McMahon, where has Sunny been? Will she be coming back? And speaking of ever coming back, will marlena ever come back?
Mr. M Sunny is under contract to ECW but who knows, one day she may return to the WWF. Marlena, however, has been on a religious sabbatical in Lithuania return soon as Sister Marlena.
Question Vince, are you controlling Sable?
Mr. M No man ever controls a woman. It’s the other way around I’m sure, although I’m not smart enough to realize it.
Question do you think the rock was out of line by doing what he did to Chyna??
Mr. M Yes I felt the Rock’s actions were despicable and uncalled for. I guess he got carried away. However, some people around me wondered how Chyna would have reacted if big Mark Henry had planted a kiss on her.
Question where is the patriot?
Mr. M The Patriot is where all old patriots go, probably in a VFW home somewhere in South Carolina.
Question Will Sid every return to the WWF?
Mr. M Never say never in this crazy business. But, it is doubtful.
Question What’s the status of Terry Funk?
Mr. M Terry Funk is taking a hiatus from ring action to perform in a number of movies. I am attempted to persuade Terry to come back to action ASAP. We miss him.
Question Hi Vince. First off, I’d like to say, you are the icon, and that no matter what the ratings say, the WWF will always be on top. What do u think of WCW always taking those cheap shots at you and the WWF?
Mr. M It’s a free country. People can take any shots they want. Sticks and stones may break my bones but Turner can’t. Screw you Ted!
Question How much longer do you see yourself involved in the action part of wrestling? Will you let Shane take over?
Mr. M I’m currently taking the same supplement of Mark McGuire which should take my frail, 230 lb body to approximately 275 lbs by November. I’m ready for any kind of action
Question Rumor has it that the Brawl for All semis and finals were works, is this true?
Mr. M Believe what you want to believe, no matter what I say, you won’t believe me.
Question Vince- Are there current plans for a women’s division in WWF again? I hear that Alundra Blayze is on her way back… Any truth to that?
Mr. M As far as I’m concerned, we can’t have enough women in the WWF.
Question Hey I live in Philly and was wondering how I could get advanced tix for wrestlemania15 to avoid the sellout
Mr. M On November 29, the next live Philadelphia event, you’ll get instructions.
Question WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE WARRIORS COMEBACK?
Mr. M Who??
Question Vince will you ever fight Austin beside on MTV?
Mr. M After I severely destroy Austin on MTV, who knows, we might see the real thing someday. Only after I’ve said my prayers, taken my vitamins…oops, that was from another era.
Question Mr. McMahon, any matches Signed for Raw this coming week?
Mr. M There is no RAW for the next two Mondays, however, we encourage everyone to watch Sunday Night HEAT in the coming weeks. However, I have misspoken, there are RAW make goods on September 5 at 11 PM and on September 12 at 7:30 PM on USA Network.
Question hey Vince do you think you can talk to playboy and try to get them to do a pictorial on the women of WWF with pictures of Chyna and sable naked
Mr. M Playboy is currently negotiating for the rights to present Sable.
Question Mr. McMahon what do you think of WCW champion GOLDBERG
Mr. M You mean the Stone Cold rip off!
Question Do you think Shawn Michaels will rejoin DX
Mr. M I don’t know that DX will have him.
Question WHY WAS AL SNOW AND HEAD NOT ON RAW
Mr. M Al lost his head.
Question Vince who is sables mystery partner going to be
Mr. M If I told you it wouldn’t be a mystery!
Question IS HBK PLANNING TO COME BACK TO THE RING
Mr. M I sincerely hope so.
Question if u could have one WCW star on your roster who would it be and, why?
Mr. M If I told you, you would tell them, then, I would never get them.
Question Vince, are you a fan of South Park? Will we see Golga on there?
Mr. M I love South Park! Chef and Cartman are my two favorite characters.
Question Hey Vince, What made you consider to bring Sean Waltman back?
Mr. M Sean Waltman is a tremendous talent and he had been fired rather unceremoniously by Ted Turner’s rasslin organization.
Question MR. MCMAHON WHEN BISHOFF RELEASES THE HOSTAGES ( HALL AND NASH ) WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER LETTING THEM BRING THE TRUE KLIQ TO THE WWF FANS
Mr. M Do you know something that I don’t know? The kliq reunited sounds interesting to me.
Question Who in the WWF do you see as the next Steve Austin?
Mr. M My son Shane!
Question is Bart Gunn going to get more popular
Mr. M If Bart keeps knocking people out, he’s bound to win a few hearts.
Question Mr. McMahon is it true the Undertaker will be taking some time off after Summer Slam to spend time with his family and have ankle surgery??
Mr. M Definitely not!
Question Thank you for your time, Vince. Do you have any advice for someone trying to become a Pro Wrestler?
Mr. M Don’t!
Question What’s the condition of Gorilla Monsoon?
Mr. M Gorilla is alive and well, he’s been on a strict diet and was at Philadelphia last Monday night.
Question when is Steven regal going to be ready for action
Mr. M But then again, he might still be wrestling. Oh yeah! Hopefully very soon.
Question Is it true Triple H might be leaving DX?
Mr. M Not that I know of. Then again, only if Chyna likes Mark Henry better.
Question Who would be your idea of a “Corporate Champion?”
Mr. M My son Shane!
Question As the owner of WWF, how do you find wrestlers to be in the WWF?
Mr. M We conduct camps on a regular basis which attracts wrestlers from all over the world. We also have scouts who are constantly on the lookout.
Question Is the WWF negotiating with a Major network to televise WWF Events on National TV???
Mr. M Yes, but I’m not at liberty to say which ones.
Question Will we see another Brawl For All considering guys got hurt
Mr. M Yes, you’ll probably see individual Brawl for All matches, but in all likelihood, we probably will not have another tournament.
Question If you had sold the WWF, what would you be doing today?
Mr. M Another hypothetical question. I don’t answer hypothetical questions. However, the WWF is not for sale, much to Ted Turner’s chagrin.
Question What is going on with Dustin? Will Goldust ever come back?
Mr. M Dustin is a most unusual individual. Sometimes I have no idea what he is thinking I guess all things are possible.
Question are mankind and Kane still gonna tag up at SummerSlam
Mr. M Yes I think it will be very interesting to see how well they function.
Question Mr. McMahon, I heard a rumor that Shawn Michaels want to compete in Survivor Series this year, is it true?
Mr. M I would hope Shawn would be back in action long before the Survivor Series.
Question Do you feel the WWF does too many PPVs? Is it overkill?
Mr. M Our PPV buy rates are very healthy and on the upswing. I guess maybe fans can’t get enough of a good thing.
Question Mr. McMahon Will you ever get in the ring and wrestle again in the near future??
Mr. M Only if sufficiently provoked.
Question Mr. McMahon, will there be any new stipulations made to any matches at SummerSlam?
Mr. M All hell is likely to break lose on Sunday Night HEAT live from MSG. If it does, stipulations can be made on the spot.
Question Would you ever consider a working agreement with a foreign organization like WCW has with New Japan?
Mr. M Sure I’ll consider anything.
Question Have or would you ever consider having Mike Tyson in the WWF again?
Mr. M Possibly.
Question Are you friends with the Insane Clown Posse? If so how did you hook up with them?
Mr. M I’ll look forward to personally meeting ICP at SummerSlam. Their very unique and they have a good vibe.
Question Where do you see HHH heading in the WWF in the years to come???
Mr. M He could be headed for the stars or into dead ends. It’s up to him.
Question Vince, Have you come close to signing Jenna Jameson yet?…And if so I am assuming she will be with Val Venis correct?
Mr. M Thank you no, I’m not interested in signing Jenna Jameson
Question Will RAW ever go 3 hours?
Mr. M I don’t know.
Question Is it true the next WrestleMania will be here in Philadelphia?
Mr. M Yes it’s true. On March 28.
Question how come you stopped commentating?
Mr. M I enjoy producing and directing more than I enjoy talent work. However, sometimes I do miss it.
Question Is HBK going to be a ref or commentator or interfere at SummerSlam???
Mr. M He will be there. Who knows in what capacity.
Question Mr. McMahon, When is Monday Night Raw is going Live every Monday ?
Mr. M After a two week hiatus with the US Open, RAW returns live Sept. 14.
Question What do you think of the Oddities?
Mr. M I think the Oddities are pretty cool, I love the ICP music. I’m anxious to see what the Oddities can do against competitive performers.
WWFBBANKS Vince…thanks for joining us tonight! We look forward to SummerSlam this Sunday!
Mr. M Thank you very much for allowing me to have the privilege to answer some of your questions, thank you for having me, I’ll see you at SummerSlam, by the way, it’s on PPV.
WWFBBANKS Have a good night folks! Remember, join us this Sunday for HEAT live at 7 PM ET, and then SummerSlam beginning at 8 PM ET on Pay-Per-View!