Jerry Lawler shares a personal moment with Vince McMahon.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has been at the helm of World Wrestling Entertainment for nearly forty years. Vince is spoken of by those who have had the opportunity to meet, connect and work with him as this intimidating individual because of the aura that he has. The self-made billionaire has taken WWE to new heights financially and business wise and continues to do so as exampled by the new TV deals that kickoff in the Fall of 2019.
There has been moments shown on WWE Network specials and on WWE programming where Vince McMahon is vulnerable. For example when Shane McMahon came backstage from his WrestleMania 32 match against The Undertaker, Shane and Vince had a father-son moment and both men embraced and another time was when Vince spoke about his father for a special on the Network.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler shared one of the rare moments that he witnessed Vince McMahon become emotional and it stemmed from a portrait that he drew for Vince that featured Vince in the middle - flanked by Vince Sr. and Shane McMahon.
“I can’t even tell you how many years ago its been, but I did… I don’t know where I got the idea from but anyway, I did a portrait - a big nice portrait for Vince, and it was like a triple-portrait." Lawler said on his 'Dinner With The King' podcast. "Vince, a portrait of 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 really long time, it turned out great, had it all framed up and I took it to one of the Monday Night RAW’s and I had it inside this frame wrapped up and anyway, I saw Stephanie, and I unwrapped it and she saw it and just went, ‘Oh my gosh’. She said ‘Vince is going to cry’, and I went, ‘What?’ and she said, ‘I’m telling ya, he’s gonna cry when he sees that’, and I said, ‘No, no way’, and she said, ‘Mark my words’. So anyway she went out and then a little bit later I saw Vince and I asked him - I said, ‘Vince I got something I wanted to give to you if you got a minute’ so I had him come into my room there and I had it then I opened the portrait up, and he just… he immediately looked at it, and his mouth… I mean his hand came up and covered his mouth, and he turned away, like immediately. He looked at it, his hand came up, he turned away, and like walked over into a corner, and he just stood there for maybe a couple of minutes and then he slowly came back and looked at the picture again and he… I think it brought tears to his eyes, and I was shocked and then he hugged me and said how much he loved it and all that sort of stuff, but that was like the one moment that I ever really saw from Vince, that kind of emotion.” Lawler said.
Vince McMahon was caught off guard by the portrait and he was also caught off guard by the reaction that former NXT Women's Champion Asuka received a few weeks ago on SmackDown Live. Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp published an exclusive report on the sentiments noted above. Click here for more.
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