After “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan, The Miz, Sasha Banks, The Brothers of Destruction, and Randy Orton, the WWE Evil series focused on WWE’s Daddy Little Girl, Stephanie McMahon. Each episode offers you an interesting point of view on a wrestler, not through his career or iconic matches but through the creation and the evolution of his/her character. WWE Evil is about dissecting the heel and providing a different spotlight on it. When it comes to Stephanie McMahon, she turned the character of the spoiled rotten rich girl to another level.
Of course, Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of the owner of WWE. She was born into the business, growing up in a larger-than-life world. After her first live show experience at 4 or 5, when she saw kids screaming because of George “The Animal” Steele and then her father talking to the man behind the Animal, she decided to watch and study personas and charismas. “I’ve learned what it means to become a character, maybe a little bit clearer than others and a little faster,” she confesses. She had the unenviable task to walk in her Dad’s footsteps, knowing the hard-worker man was turning into an evil maniac on TV. “My Dad is all of the evils of the world wrapped up into one human being.”
Doing an internship in 1999, listening to writers, she learned that she was going to be involved in a storyline. She would be the pawn of her father in his war against Stone Cold Steve Austin. She would later lure her father when she allied with his new enemy, Triple H. Lita states, “Turning on her ultimate mentor was the most unspeakable thing. That girl was pure evil.” In fact, she was just writing her own story, ready to conquer her father’s empire in front of and behind the cameras. She has learned so much about the business, and she has turned into the one that knows the most about the WWE, behind her father, according to Lita. “She is very much like my Dad. I call her the Vincess,” explains Shane McMahon.
In front of the cameras, she gained some legitimacy with HHH by her side, whether she was wrestling or not. Backstage, she has gained the confidence to be the only woman in a room full of men and make herself be heard. Well, a strong woman can be an unapologetically bad guy. Her slaps hurt as Shane McMahon confirms. And she has been hitting them with a sly smile on her face.
With The Authority, she became an on-screen figure. She and her husband were the bosses, with that smell of changing of the guard ready to happen. Dr. Phil McGraw explains leadership is not for anybody, “having the ability to dominate and control others is very intoxicating because it goes into people’s heads.” They embrace the evil, and they love that. With power come the never-ending struggles of power, siblings rivalry, or siblings against parents. Something we can all relate with. So when Shane came back after a 7-year hiatus, the struggle for power began. Again. It was not the first time they have fought for the throne.
Stephanie McMahon has become an authority figure behind the cameras. She would do whatever it takes to expand the family legacy. She has worked hard for that and wants to make sure her daughters, if they want to, would do the same. In front of a camera, she is the boss, a “timeless villain,” according to Natalya. Whatever the situation, she knows how to do it better than anybody else and with a smile on her face.
Narrator John Cena ends the episode with, “does that make her evil? Well, she’s a McMahon.” I didn’t really understand the purpose of that episode because talking about Stephanie meant talking about the McMahon family. Her legacy as a wrestler has nothing to do with the wrestlers involved in the other episodes. If there’s some truth in the “Game of Thrones” idea between siblings, that episode may be evil, but only because I had to watch it.
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