Who is Stephanie McMahon?
Stephanie McMahon is an American businesswoman and professional wrestler. The chief brand officer of WWE and on-screen commissioner of WWE Raw, Stephanie has proved that WWE is not just a man's world. ‘Adweek’ magazine has recognized her as one of the 35 most powerful women in sports. She is a fourth-generation wrestling promoter from the famous McMahon family. In fact, she started working for WWE when she was in her early teens. Known to be a difficult person to work with, she has been in and out of WWE due to severe conflicts with her father. After she married Triple H, the McMahon-Helmsley era started in WWE. She held the WWE Women's Championship once, and then became the general manager of WWE SmackDown, a popular wrestling television program. After she lost the ‘I Quit’ match against her father, she left Raw and took a break from WWE. After a gap of several years, she returned to the regular WWE shows in 2013. Since then, she has been acting as the ultimate “authority,” making several shady rules while claiming them to be “the best for business.”
Childhood & Early Life
Stephanie McMahon was born on September 24, 1976, in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. As the daughter of WWE chairman Vince McMahon and WWE CEO Linda, she was exposed to the wrestling industry quite early in her life. Her elder brother Shane McMahon is also a professional wrestler.
She did her elementary schooling in ‘Greenwich Country Day School’ as her family had shifted to Greenwich after her birth.
When she was 13, she modeled for ‘World Wrestling Federation’ (WWF) T-shirts and hats.
Like her brother Shane, she graduated from ‘Greenwich High School’ in 1994, and then earned a degree in communications from ‘Boston University’ in 1998.
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Stephanie McMahon made her first appearance on WWF (now WWE) at Rowdy Roddy Piper’s Halloween party. She started working full-time for WWF in 1998. First, she modeled for WWF sales and merchandise, and then became an account executive in the WWF sales office in New York.
In her early years with WWF, she tried her hand at almost everything—from reception work to creative designing and television production. She also tried her hand at wrestling and took part in several matches. She became the director of creative writing in 2002, and senior vice president in 2006.
In 2007, when she was the executive vice president of creative writing, she supervised the creative process of all social and digital media properties, television and pay-per-view programs, talent management and branding, live event booking, and marketing.
In December 2013, she became the chief brand officer, and served as the lead ambassador of WWE. By now, she was drawing a salary of $775,000 for her corporate role and on-screen appearances. She also held $77 million worth of WWE stock.
Since 1999, Stephanie has been appearing on various WWF/WWE television shows. SmackDown, a professional wrestling television program, started on April 29, 1999.
During this period, she was not in good terms with her father, and was eventually removed from her position. Refusing to resign from her post, she participated in a series of matches with A-Train and Brock Lesnar to regain her position.
Although her mother supported her, she lost the job and was replaced by Paul Heyman, an entertainment producer and wrestling manager.
Before leaving WWF, she got involved in an on-screen storyline involving her father and The Undertaker. In September 1999, she teamed up with wrestler Test, and defeated Jeff Jarrett and Debra.
In March 1999, Stephanie won the WWF Women's Championship after defeating Jacqueline. In June, she successfully defended her title against Lita in an episode in SmackDown. In an August 2000 episode of Raw, she lost the WWF Women's Championship to Lita.
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Along with her brother, she formed a team called ‘The Alliance,’ which was defeated at the ‘Survivor Series’ by ‘Team WWF,’ consisting of The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, Chris Jericho, and The Rock. Following the defeat, Shane and Stephanie were removed from WWF.
Besides WWF, she has also been featured in ‘Opie and Anthony,’ ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ In May 2000, she appeared at the ‘WBCN River Rave.’
In the January 22, 2001 episode of RAW, she and Triple H defeated Kurt Angle and Trish Stratus. In February, she defeated Trish Stratus again. In the same month, Stephanie McMahon and William Regal fought against Vince McMahon and Trish Stratus in a tag team match, which ended in no contest.
In April 2001, she fought against Trish Stratus, which once again ended in no contest. That same month at RAW, ‘Team Extreme,’ consisting of Jeff Hardy, Lita, and Matt Hardy, defeated Stephanie, Steve Austin, and Triple H.
In November 2001, she appeared in a special episode of NBC's ‘The Weakest Link’ where WWF personalities compete against each other. She performed well, but finally lost to Triple H.
In July 2002, she returned to WWF, now called WWE. Upon her return, she created the WWE Tag Team Championship title, and signed Hulk Hogan to SmackDown, which did not go well with her father.
In 2003, the first ever ‘Father-Daughter I Quit' match took place. While Stephanie was accompanied by her mother on the ring side, her father was accompanied by wrestler Sable. She lost the match, which led to her disappearance from WWE for two years.
In 2005, she returned to WWE. In a March 2006 episode of Raw, she drugged Shawn Michaels backstage before the match. That year, she became the general manager of SmackDown. On August 14, 2005, she appeared on the season five finale of MTV's ‘Punk'd.’
On March 28, 2009, she appeared with her mother on Business News Network's ‘The Market Morning Show.’ On November 11, 2009, she appeared in an episode of Food Network's ‘Dinner: Impossible.’
From 2010 to 2013, she made sporadic appearances in WWE. She appeared in a November 2010 episode of Raw. In July 2012, she appeared on the 1000th episode of Raw.
She became a regular in WWE in November 2013. Since then, she and her husband have continued to rule the company. Consequently, she made several wrong decisions, claiming that her decisions are “best for business.”
On October 30, 2017, Stephanie McMahon appeared in an episode of Raw, confronting general manager Kurt Angle. Stephanie questioned about SmackDown’s attack on Raw, which she wasn’t happy about.
Meanwhile in 2016, Stephanie announced on Twitter that she will be writing her memoir, which is expected to be released soon.
Though it is said that Stephanie McMahon is a difficult person to work with (as per her on-screen persona), it cannot be denied that she has enhanced the reputation of WWE. She has successfully played a positive role in increasing WWE’s popularity in various countries, including UAE. Throughout her career as the chief brand officer, she has helped shape WWE’s future.
Awards & Achievements
Stephanie McMahon won the ‘Woman of the Year’ award in 2000. In 2002 and 2013, she won ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ magazine’s ‘Feud of the Year’ award. She has won the WWF Women’s Championship and two ‘Slammy Awards.’ She also won the ‘Legacy of Excellence Award’ in 2016.
Stephanie McMahon married Paul Levesque, better known by his ring name Triple H, on October 25, 2003, after dating him for three years. They have three daughters: Aurora Rose Levesque (born on July 24, 2006), Murphy Claire Levesque (born on July 28, 2008), and Vaughn Evelyn Levesque (born on August 24, 2010).
She donated $2,700 to Chris Christie’s presidential campaign.