Yes, Mr. McMahon is sick ... but so what?

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September 04, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mr. McMahon is a sick human being who desperately needs help.

Don't believe us? Just ask those supposedly closest to him -- his family. After seeing the family patriarch air their dirty laundry for several weeks after he was slapped with a paternity suit, wife Linda and children Shane and Stephanie couldn't take it anymore and had to confront him on Raw this Monday. In fact, Stephanie said she believes her father's so sick that he needs to step down as Chairman of WWE while he seeks mental rehabilitation.

While many seemed to applaud Stephanie's suggestion, we at WWE.com actually have to disagree with the "volatile one" in this instance. Sure, the guy faked his own death, romanced his way to at least one illegitimate child, thought the XFL was a good idea, played tonsil hockey with Trish Stratus while his wife looked on and founded the Kiss My Ass Club. But is that so bad?

The answer is simple -- No! In fact, we argue Mr. McMahon's insanity is actually a good thing. And the last thing the maniacal McMahon should do is step down. That's just going too far. Let's face it: A crazy Vince is good for business and damn entertaining.
 
Look at all the pioneers in history and pop culture who have been considered eccentric. Albert Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity, but he wasn't exactly conventional. Controversy has followed Michael Jackson for most of the last 20 years, but without him, we may have never had the moonwalk. And modern pop music would not have been the same without "Wacko Jacko" -- just ask Justin Timberlake, Usher and any other performer who grew up listening to Jackson and who has borrowed from his dance playbook. Howard Hughes suffered from mental illness and was considered a hermit and an eccentric late in his life. But that didn't destroy his legacy as a pioneer in American aviation and one of the wealthiest men in the world.
 
All of these luminaries and the Chairman share one thing in common -- they all thought outside the box. And Mr. McMahon was brave enough -- perhaps crazy enough -- to follow his vision, at the potential risk of his own life.

When Mr. McMahon decided to forsake his father's ways of doing business and have the then-World Wrestling Federation compete against neighboring promoters and territories, many thought he was crazy. Many thought that he would end up swimming with the fishes.

However, without Mr. McMahon as Chairman of the Board of WWE, we would never have had WrestleMania. Mr. McMahon put every dollar he owned on the line for the production of the first WrestleMania in 1985. If WrestleMania had failed, the company then known as the World Wrestling Federation could have collapsed.

But WrestleMania only scratched the surface of Mr. McMahon's craziness. Fast forward several years, and he became the first billionaire to step into the ring against his own Superstars and get bloody and battered -- all for the sake of good business. What other billionaire would put his body on the line solely for the sake of his company? What other billionaire would get in the ring against legends without any training? And Mr. McMahon not only lived to tell about it, but boasted victories against some of them.

The Chairman promised his family on Monday that he would be a better person. Don't believe it. Mr. McMahon knows the value of controversy. He wouldn't be able to handle the weight of a halo. He has always walked on the edge and never backed down from any fight. That's what makes him Mr. McMahon. If he wasn't so off-the-wall, he'd just be a billionaire -- like Donald Trump.

So Mr. McMahon's sick, and he has jeopardized his relationship with his family. Who cares if it means good business? It doesn't mean he should step down. In fact, maybe he should step up a little more so we can get a better view of the emotional train wreck that is the Chairman.

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