If there’s one thing Vince McMahon, the proverbial puppet master of WWE, has always been known for, it’s his unshakeable preference for the so-called “body guys”. For years, McMahon’s proclivity for muscle-bound superstars defined his booking decisions, transforming WWE into a haven for larger-than-life characters and stressing the importance of physical aesthetics.
In recent years, the tide seems to have turned slightly, with smaller, more acrobatic stars gaining prominence, yet McMahon’s influence still looms large. Fans learned just how large when former WWE superstar, Mansoor, recently revealed an instance of McMahon’s direct intervention in his physical training.
During a candid Twitch stream with former Maximum Male Model teammate, Mace, also recently released from WWE, Mansoor offered spectators an inside look at McMahon’s impact on his career and physique. Post-match, Mansoor was singled out by a producer, relaying Vince’s not-so-subtle hint about his appearance: “Guys, Vince saw the match. Nobody knows how to sell…and nobody looks like they’ve gone to the gym.”
For Mansoor, the veiled criticism was a turning point. He shed a significant amount of weight, slimming down noticeably, in an effort to meet McMahon’s unstated expectations. He even submitted before-and-after photos to John Laurinaitis for McMahon’s scrutinization. However, despite his efforts, Mansoor never got a much-desired WWE push.
Both Mace and Mansoor additionally shared some intriguing tales about McMahon’s involvement in the formation of the Maximum Male Models group, shedding light on his ‘hands-on’ approach. Evidently, the duo were told they were “Vince’s babies”, thus underlining McMahon’s direct influence within WWE’s storytelling arcs.
Unfortunately, with the recent release of the Maximum Male Models from the company, it’s evident the duo won’t be climbing the WWE ladder any further. However, following their release, Mansoor gained one priceless trophy – a complete physical transformation under the watchful eye of Vince McMahon.
What’s your perspective on this episode? How do you feel about McMahon’s feedback leading Mansoor to lose weight, or the release of the Maximum Male Models group? As a pro-wrestling news reporter, I would be delighted to hear your insightful opinions in the comments section below. So, let’s step into the ring of discussion!