Wrestling would not be what it is without the genius of Vince McMahon. The chairman of WWE pioneered the modern wrestling business when he killed the territories in the 1980s and made Hulk Hogan the biggest star in wrestling history (he even wrestled Hulk Hogan in one of his last matches in 2003).
Then, when losing to WCW in the ratings in the 1990s, he created the Attitude Era, propelling future greats like Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H into household names and some of wrestling’s biggest stars. He eventually toppled WCW, bought the company and pilfered it’s top stars to make wrestling first real monopoly, until companies like ROH, TNA and AEW threatened their dominance in the United States
However, McMahon was not just a genius behind the curtain. He also stepped inside the ring from time to time, even winning the WWE Championship, ECW Championship and Royal Rumble match. He even stepped into the ring with WWE Champion CM Punk in one of the last Vince McMahon matches ever. Well, it was Vince McMahon’s last match in his career, until the 76 year old decided to step into the ring one last time at Wrestlemania 38.
Vince McMahon’s last match
Vince McMahon’s last match in WWE was at Wrestlemania 38 in 2022, when he faced off with WWE Commentator and former NFL kicker Pat McAfee. McAfee has just defeated Vince McMahon’s protegee Austin Theory, before he challenged Mr McMahon to a match. McMahon reluctantly accepted, before pinning the former NFL player in the middle of the ring.
The last Vince McMahon match was one of his worst. Being 76 years of age, the former WWE Champion became the oldest male wrestler in WWE history. Only Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young wrestled a match as old as McMahon.
After the match, Vince McMahon was confronted by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who first shared a beer with McMahon before hitting him with a Stone Cold Stunner. This harkened back to their years as fierce rivals in the Attitude Era, and put a definitive end to one of the greatest rivalry’s in WWE history.
While Vince McMahon’s last match was a great Wrestlemania moment, it was also one of the worst WWE matches ever.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.