Vince McMahon, the embattled CEO of World Wrestling Entertainer (WWE) will soon be the subject of a scripted biopic series.
The project is a collaboration between the WWE organization and production company Blumhouse. The series will go by”The United States Of America Vs. Vince McMahon” and will be a script series. The subject matter of the series will be about allegations of rampant steroid abuse among wrestlers in the 1990s. The show will portray McMahon as an important figure in the fight against illegal steroid use within the wrestling industry. McMahon was the subject of scrutiny throughout the era and faced a federal trial due to the allegations.
With the bulging muscles of pro wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Randy “Macho Man” Savage, rumors of steroid use were rampant in the 1990s. The murder-suicide saga of former WWE star Chris Benoit fueled the fire once again only a short time later. “Roid Rage” was suspect as a major factor for Benoit’s actions. In 2007, the wrestler reportedly murdered his wife, 7-year-old son and then committed suicide.
The allegations struck McMahon hard as he was also under suspicion of steroid use by some. The series will be the first scripted portrayal of Vine McMahon along with other prominent WWE figures. Blumhouse TV president Chris McCumber says the saga will make for a great television series because the subject matter is “stranger than fiction. It also isn’t the first working with the WWE and its CEO Vince McMahon.
Vince McMahon Steroid Trial Will be Subject of New Series
“We have a dramatic, riveting saga – one that’s crazier than fiction – that will appeal to the cross-section of Blumhouse and WWE fans,” he says of the upcoming program. “To say I’m thrilled about collaborating again with WWE is an understatement.”
The 75-year-old Vince McMahon has headed up operations for WWE, formerly WWF, for nearly 40 years. The billionaire has been the subject of scrutiny ever since taking over the wrestling company. Under McMahon’s leadership, WWE has seen unprecedented success in the entertainment industry. Professional wrestling has become a cultural icon as its popularity among a large audience continues to grow. While he has backed off since, McMahon often played himself on WWE programming. He plays the greedy boss gimmick to near perfection and is one of the greatest “heels” in wrestling history. A heel, or bad guy, is a character who brings conflict into the ring against other wrestlers and among the fan base. He’s feuded with numerous WWE stars during his on-air career, including Stone Cold Steve Austin and his real-life son-in-law, Triple H.
Vince McMahon was indicted by the federal government in 1994 for allegedly supplying steroids to WWE wrestlers. His trial will be the subject of the upcoming series. He was unanimously acquitted by the jury that heard his case.