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 WWF sales office in New York.
In her early years with WWF, she tried her hands on almost everything—from reception work to creative designing and television production, and also acted as a ring performer. 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 for 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, boosting WWE's brand reputation further, and serving as the lead ambassador of WWE. By now, she drew a salary of $775,000 for her corporate role and for her on-screen programs. She also held $77 million worth of WWE stock.
Since 1999, Stephanie has appeared on WWF television several times. SmackDown, the 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.
Although her mother supported her, yet she lost the job, and was replaced by Paul Heyman, an entertainment producer, and wrestling manager.
Before she left her job in WWF, she debuted 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 claimed the WWF Women's Championship after defeating Jacqueline. In June, she protected her title against Lita in a SmackDown edition. On the August 2000 episode of Raw, she lost WWF's Women's Championship to Lita.
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She formed a team with her brother, called ‘The Alliance’, which was defeated by ‘Team WWF’ consisting of The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, Chris Jericho & The Rock at the Survivor Series. Following the defeat, Shane and Stephanie were removed from WWF television.
Besides WWF episodes, she has also been featured on ‘Opie and Anthony’, ‘ The Howard Stern Show, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’. In May 2000, she appeared at the ‘WBCN River Rave’.
On January 22, 2001, at 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 vs. Vince McMahon and Trish Stratus ended in a no contest.
In April 2001, she once again ended a march with Trish Stratus in a no contest. That same month at RAW, Team Extreme with Jeff Hardy, Lita and Matt Hardy, defeated Stephanie, Steve Austin and Triple H.
In November 2001, she appeared on a special episode of NBC's ‘The Weakest Link’, where WWF personalities compete against each other. While she made it to the final two, she finally lost to Triple H.
In July 2002, she returned to WWF, now called WWE. On her return, she created the WWE Tag Team Championship, and signed Hulk Hogan to SmackDown, which created a conflict with her father again.
In 2003, the first ever ‘Father-Daughter I Quit' match took place with Stephanie and her mother on one side, and her father and wrestler Sable on the other side. She lost the match, which led to her disappearance from WWE television for two years.
In 2005, she returned to WWE television. At the March 2006 episode of RAW, her pregnancy was visible. She defeated Shawn Michaels after drugging him 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 also appeared on an episode of Food Network's ‘Dinner: Impossible’.
From 2010-13, she made a few sporadic appearances in WWE. She appeared on November 2010 episode of Raw. In July 2012, she made another appearance on the 1000th episode of Raw.
Through a three-year contract with WWE in November 2013, she became a regular on its programing. Since then, she and her husband continue to rule the company, and never let any new talent go against their ideology. Consequently, she made several wrong decisions in the guise of “what is best for business.”