WWE boss Vince McMahon’s controversial moments as scandal sees him step down

Vince McMahon is arguably one of the controversial figures in the world of pro-wrestling.

Aged 76, he's now being investigated by the board of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) over a reported secret £2.4m hush pact.

It is alleged the agreement regards a settlement between McMahon and an ex-employee who he had a "consensual affair" with.

He has since stepped down as CEO of the wrestling organisation and, while not responding directly to the claims, said in a statement he had pledged "complete cooperation to the investigation".

"I have also pledged to accept the findings and outcome of the investigation, whatever they are," he added.

But it is by no means the first controversial moment of Vince's career – both in and out of the ring – as Daily Star can reveal.

The Montreal Screwjob

One of the most infamous moments in wrestling history, the Montreal Screwjob in 1997 was the double-crossing of defending WWF champion Bret Hart by McMahon.

A secret change of the screwjob – the match's pre-determined finish – was reportedly devised by McMahon and discussed with Hart's match opponent, Shawn Michaels.

The match referee, under orders from McMahon, ended the match as Michaels held Hart in a hold even thought the latter had not submitted.

Michaels was declared the victor and crowned as the new WWF Champion. The reason for the screwjob was said to be Hart's decision to leave McMahon's company for its chief competitor, World Championship Wrestling.

Steroids "handed out 'like candy"

McMahon came under fire in 1994 when he was accused of distributing anabolic steroids to his talent.

At the opening of the 18-day trial, prosecutor Sean O'Shea said that steroids were distributed "like candy" to World Wrestling Federation performers.

McMahon confessed that he himself had used steroids, but said he was not a distributor and he did not pressure athletes to use them.

He won the court case.

The Kiss My Ass Club

In 2001, McMahon started a bizarre TV segment called the Kiss My Ass Club.

He would force talents from the wrestling world to kneel and kiss his bum cheeks, sometimes in a thong or nothing at all in front of millions of wrestling fans.

Wrestling legend, William Regal was among those told to kiss McMahon's rear or be fired.

With no choice left, Regal got down on his knees and reluctantly kissed Mr. McMahon’s butt.

The Hornswoggle story

Hornswoogle being revealed as McMahon’s "illegitimate son" was perhaps one of the most bizarre stories of WWE.

Hornswoggle made his WWE debut in 2006 and the wacky ongoing storyline led to him being revealed as Vince McMahon's "illegitimate son" the following year.

The pair had an ongoing feud whcich at one point saw them face off sinde a steek cage.

In the end, it was revealed the pair were not related after all.

His faked death

In 2007, an entire episode of WWE's Monday Night Raw was billed as Mr McMahon Appreciation Night.

But rather than praise, the show episode consisted of various wrestlers calling out McMahon for his poor treatment of them.

At the end of the episode, a dejected McMahon leaves the building, steps into his limo which immediately explodes into flames.

The storyline, reportedly set up to see how his fans would react, was immediately scrapped after the death of Chris Benoit and his family.

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