10. Vince McMahon Defies His Father
Vince McMahon became Vince McMahon by defying his father.
Vince Sr. didn't even want his son to enter the pro wrestling racket as he knew it. He wanted his son to enter a more legitimate white collar industry before recognising that it was futile, and bleeding him in by hiring him as a ring announcer.
Vince Sr. certainly did not want his son to reimagine it in such a way that it was unrecognisable, forever changed. While acknowledging Vince's carny instincts and fondness to put his rags-to-riches iconoclast gimmick over, there is a rare truth to his candid 1991 Sports Illustrated profile, in which he revealed how his father would not have allowed him to purchase the majority of the WWWF, had he known of his plan to disrupt everything to his own, calculating benefit.
Vince Jr. didn't merely expand the WWF; he changed its DNA by tearing up the local sports page from his father's old playbook and delving into superhero comics for inspiration. The WWWF was moneyed in finances but gritty and working class in presentation and top stars; the WWF, in contrast, was far larger than mundane, real life, powered by the superhero writ large that was Hulk Hogan.
With Hogan as the vehicle to ramrod into the household, Vince removed his competition from theirs...