Vince McMahon Once Told Current WWE Employee “I’m Gonna Kick Your Ass Then Fire You”

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WWE Hall Of Famer JBL has recounted the occasion Vince McMahon lost his rag with someone who is still with the company, claiming he was going to storm to ringside on air, kick his backside and then fire him.

Speaking at a Q&A session at Steel City Con, JBL spoke about Deuce’s debut on WWE SmackDown, and what went down with himself and Michael Cole on commentary. There had been some confusion backstage about whether the team should reference the debuting star as being Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka’s son.

“We were sitting in the back one time with Vince [McMahon] and Jimmy Snuka’s son [Deuce/James Snuka] and Vince said, ‘Be sure when you say he comes in, that’s Jimmy Snuka’s son.’ Now later we tried to say that but then Vince goes on to say, ‘Last thing you wanna say is he’s Jimmy Snuka’s son because he can’t live up to the fact that Jimmy Snuka was his dad.’”

“Now later they tried that because he wasn’t really — didn’t really work out and they tried. But Michael Cole took copious notes. So he’s writing down, ‘Jimmy Snuka’s son.’ I don’t even notice it. Soon as the kid tags in, Michael Cole says, ‘In comes Jimmy Snuka’s son.’ Vince had just told him don’t say ‘Jimmy Snuka’s son.’”

Whilst still live on air, the WWE Chairman lost his rag with Cole, making some startling claims.

“Well when he says that, they’ve got the little God camera that can look at us. I start laughing because I realize Cole doesn’t know not to say that, Vince sees me laughing and thinks Cole is making fun of him in front of the whole entire company. Vince’s response was, ‘Michael, I’m gonna come down there and I’m gonna fire you. No, I’m gonna come down there and I’m gonna kick your ass. Not I’m not, no I’m not’ and he’s debating with himself at this point.”

“This is during a live show and he goes, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I’m gonna kick your ass, then I’m gonna fire you! That’s what I’m gonna do! I’m coming down right now’ and Michael’s just looking at the camera like — and I’m dying laughing and there’s no commentary and then by the time the commercial comes around, there was no commentary in the match.”

“Vince realizes what happened, that Michael did it by mistake. He goes, ‘Haha, I lost it a little bit there, didn’t I? Ha, yeah.’”

Michael Cole still works with WWE, being one of the mainstays of the company having first signed in 1997.

With thanks to POST Wrestling for the transcription.