Has the Chairman lost it?
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has seen it all in his years of broadcasting from ringside. But following Raw, J.R. told WWE.com that he had NEVER seen anything quite like the mental detonation Mr. McMahon displayed Monday night.
"There's a fine line between brilliance and insanity," Ross said. "I think we saw that line somewhat dissolve tonight. Obviously, that ECW World Title meant more to Mr. McMahon than any human being could have dreamed."
Did it really? After all, the Chairman's behavior on Raw was…well, one can use several adjectives to describe it. Delusional? Manic? Downright insane?
Even before his match with Bobby Lashley at One Night Stand, Mr. McMahon told his son Shane that he had a premonition that something bad was going to happen to him, and that there seemed to be a black cloud following him.
It started with John Cena, who the Chairman thought was "mocking him" in his soliloquy to open Raw by raising up the WWE Title Cena had retained Sunday night. So for his troubles, Cena ended up defending his title again in a Triple Threat Match against Umaga and The Great Khali. But before the match was made, The Champ noticed that something was horribly wrong with the Chairman.
"You hear of how when a Major League Baseball player goes into a deep slump, he becomes a different person… [Mr. McMahon] was just mumbling out there," a still-shocked Cena revealed. "He needs some help."
Others thought Mr. McMahon's eyes looked vacant, like the lights were on but nobody was home. He mentioned his "ominous feeling" and "black cloud" all night, but no one seemed to understand what he was talking about.
"It looked like Mr. McMahon's chimney was clogged," Raw color commentator and Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler posited. "I've never seen him that way. He was deranged."
Fact is, if a Superstar had gold around their waist, they became an instant target for the delusional Chairman. After screwing with Cena, Mr. McMahon next bumped into Santino Marella. When the Intercontinental Champion chastised McMahon for yelling at Maria, he found himself in a title defense against Chris Masters.
"It was a disgrace, that kind of behavior," Marella remarked about the Chairman's antics. "I did nothing to deserve his wrath, I don't even understand it."
Luckily for Marella, he was successful in his title match — The Hardys weren't as fortunate.
When the Chairman saw their shiny World Tag Team Championships, Mr. McMahon made a Tag Title Match for later in the night. No matter that The Hardys had just survived a grueling and punishing Ladder Match 24 hours prior; no, the Chairman told Matt & Jeff that he didn't even CARE what they went through. However, that lack of caring sent them to the ring as champions for the final time. After Cade & Murdoch claimed the gold, the Carolina brothers admitted that the boss may have been slightly to blame for the loss of their titles.
"We're game every night of the week," Jeff remarked. "We're not going to blame the loss of our titles on not being 100 percent. When you're champion in WWE, you're expected to defend the gold every night. We'll be back."
Matt added, "I'm not proud of what Cade & Murdoch did to us and I'm not going to say I'm pleased with the way Mr. McMahon treatred us. But, what's done is done and it's time for us to regroup."
The Chairman's ultimate act of madness came a little later, when he ran across Ric Flair and Torrie Wilson. When the boss chided Flair for hanging out with a woman "half his age," Torrie fired back with a remark about her "relationship" with the Chairman years ago. For their trouble, Flair got a date with the Legend Killer, Randy Orton and Torrie had to face her former boyfriend, Carlito. Both lost, and neither were in any condition to talk to WWE.com after Raw.
Abusing Superstars like Cena, The Hardys, Marella and Flair is one thing, but one would think that sending an injured Diva into the ring to compete against a ruthless backstabber like Carlito would be over the line. Still, Mr. McMahon wasn't happy after all that, telling Jonathan Coachman that "it's coming" and "I still can't get this feeling out of my throat," even saying once again that "the black cloud is rolling in and I can't get rid of it."
Has the Chairman truly lost his mind? And why? He himself may not even know. Perhaps next week's Raw will snap the boss' funk, as it will be "Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night" in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. According to J.R. though, that might not even be enough.
"Can you imagine the hell that will be paid come Monday?" the Hall of Famer posed.