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Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque (born September 24, 1976) better known by her maiden name Stephanie McMahon, is World Wrestling Entertainment's Executive Vice President, Creative Development & Operations., professional wrestling valet and occasional wrestler. She is also the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon, as well as the younger sister of Shane McMahon, and Paul Levesque (Triple H's) wife.

McMahon began regularly appearing with the company in 1999 as a part of a storyline with The Undertaker. After a brief on-screen relationship with Test, she was linked to Triple H—who she married both on-screen and later in real life—which culminated in the McMahon-Helmsley Faction storyline. During her tenure in the company, she held the WWF Women's Championship once. In 2001, she was the on-screen owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling during The Invasion. The following year, she was the SmackDown General Manager, but stopped appearing regularly on television after an "I Quit" match with her father, Vince. After making sporadic appearances for several years, she began appearing regularly on Raw in 2008 as the Raw brand General Manager.

Early life

Stephanie Marie McMahon was born on September 24, 1976 in Hartford, Connecticutmarker to Linda and Vince McMahon. At the age of 13, she appeared in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) merchandise catalogs, modeling T-shirts and hats. Later, Stephanie attended Boston Universitymarker, where she earned a degree in Communications. After graduating in 1998, she began working for the WWF full time.

Involvement in storylines

Abduction by the Undertaker; relationship with Test (1999)

In early 1999, at the suggestion of WWF writer Vince Russo, Stephanie McMahon debuted as the sweet and innocent daughter of Vince McMahon during an on-screen storyline involving Vince and The Undertaker. The Undertaker stalked and abducted McMahon, culminating in almost marrying her in the middle of the ring before being rescued by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

McMahon then began an on-screen relationship with wrestler Test, which led to a rivalry between him and her older brother Shane. After Test defeated Shane at SummerSlam in a "Love Her Or Leave Her Match", Stephanie and Test went on to team together in a match on September 20, 1999, with the couple defeating Jeff Jarrett and Debra. The couple were eventually engaged, but during the in-ring ceremony, Triple H showed a video which revealed that he had drugged McMahon and taken her to Las Vegas, Nevadamarker where they were married in a drive-through ceremony. McMahon seemed to abhor Triple H at first, but eventually revealed that she had sided with him and that the wedding was real—a revenge plot against her father for the aforementioned kidnappings, thus turning her character into a villain.

McMahon-Helmsley era (2000–2001)

In 2000, with Vince McMahon absent as a result of injuries inflicted upon him by Triple H at the Armageddon event in 1999, Triple H and McMahon became the on-screen owners of the WWF, a period known as the "McMahon-Helmsley Era" and dominated by the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. Triple H held the WWF Championship and McMahon held the WWF Women's Championship after defeating champion Jacqueline with the help of Tori and D-Generation X. McMahon reconciled with her father and brother at WrestleMania 2000 when they helped Triple H defend his title against The Rock, leaving Linda McMahon as the only fan-favorite in the McMahon family. Stephanie lost the WWF's Women's Championship to Lita on Raw on August 21, 2000.

In late 2000, a love triangle storyline began featuring McMahon, Triple H and Kurt Angle. The storyline continued at Unforgiven when Triple H defeated Angle with a Pedigree following a low blow from McMahon, proving her loyalty to him. McMahon later became Angle's manager and was in his corner when he defeated The Rock for the WWF Championship at No Mercy. The alliance was short lived, however, as after The Rock performed his Rock Bottom maneuver on Stephanie at No Mercy, Triple H attacked Angle, considering it his fault that Stephanie was hurt due to her managing Angle at the time.

The internal disputes between the McMahons led to Linda McMahon being in a comatose and wheel-chair bound state due to the stress of being asked for a divorce by Vince, who took the opportunity to have a public affair with Trish Stratus. Stephanie briefly feuded with Stratus, defeating her at No Way Out. Over the next few weeks, Vince made it clear that he favored McMahon over Stratus, allowing McMahon to bully and verbally abuse Stratus. At WrestleMania X-Seven, Shane McMahon defeated Vince in a street fight. During the match, Stratus slapped Vince and chased Stephanie from ringside, apparently upset with Vince's constant misogynistic treatment of her.

The Invasion and divorce (2001–2002)

McMahon later revealed that she had purchased Extreme Championship Wrestling and intended to bankrupt the WWF (in reality, the ownership of ECW assets at this time was highly disputed), along with her brother Shane, who had become the on-screen owner of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the two rosters merged to form a "supergroup" known as The Alliance.

Her team "the Alliance" consisting of her brother Shane, former WCW Champion Booker T., Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle and Steve Austin was defeated by "Team WWF" consisting of The Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, Chris Jericho & The Rock at the Survivor Series in a five-on-five, Winner Takes All elimination match. The night after The Alliance was defeated, Shane and Stephanie were banished from WWF television. McMahon returned in January 2002 when Triple H made a comeback as a fan-favorite, but the couple began having problems, as McMahon began acting like a nagging and clingy wife. As part of the storyline, the couple "divorced" after McMahon claimed to be pregnant in order to trick Triple H into renewing their marital vows. Triple H later discovered that she was lying and left her at the altar during the renewal ceremony. As a result, after Triple H won the Royal Rumble, McMahon appointed herself special guest referee in a match between Kurt Angle and Triple H at No Way Out with Triple H's WrestleMania WWF Undisputed Champion shot on the line. Though Angle won thanks to McMahon's biased officiating, Triple H defeated him the next night to regain his title shot. McMahon then aligned herself with current champion and former enemy, Chris Jericho. Despite interference by McMahon, Jericho lost to Triple H at WrestleMania X8 on March 17. On the March 25 episode of Raw, Jericho and McMahon lost to Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the Undisputed Championship, with the stipulation that, if McMahon was pinned, she would be forced to leave the WWF; In the match, Triple H pinned McMahon.

General Manager of SmackDown (2002–2003)

On July 18, 2002, McMahon returned to the WWF (renamed WWE following a lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund) as the General Manager of SmackDown!. In contrast to her McMahon-Hemsley era villain character, Stephanie became a fan favorite, as she began to favor fan favorite wrestlers at that time. She feuded with Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff throughout 2002, though the enemies inexplicably shared a kiss at a Halloween party in which McMahon was dressed as a witch and Bischoff was disguised as her father underneath a mask. McMahon was given credit for the return of the WWE United States Championship and for the creation of the WWE Tag Team Championship. She was also credited with signing Hulk Hogan back to SmackDown!, which caused friction between herself and her father.

Meanwhile, Vince McMahon began to resent Stephanie's attempts to stop him from pursuing an affair with Sable. The feud culminated in the first ever "Father–Daughter I Quit match" at No Mercy. McMahon was accompanied by her mother, the CEO of WWE Linda McMahon, and Sable accompanied Vince McMahon in their match. Stephanie lost when Linda, at ringside threw in a towel on her behalf because Vince would not release a choke he had on her with a lead pipe. As a result of losing the match, Stephanie disappeared from WWE television for two years.

Sporadic appearances (2005–2007)

Stephanie returned as a villain once again in October 2005, she, along with her father and, in a surprise twist, her mother fired Raw announcer Jim Ross. A visibly pregnant McMahon also returned on the March 6, 2006 episode of Raw, approaching Shawn Michaels backstage and claiming to have abdominal pains. When Michaels left to get her some water, McMahon pulled out an unmarked substance out of her brassiere and poured it into his bottle of water. This substance caused him to become groggy during his match against Shane later in the night, which he lost as a result. McMahon also appeared at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 1, 2006 and in a backstage vignette with her immediate family at WrestleMania 22.

McMahon returned at in a backstage segment in April 2007 at WrestleMania 23, visiting her father before his "Battle of the Billionaires" match. After her father returned to Raw after faking his own death, Stephanie publicly revealed that her father had an illegitimate child, who was among the WWE roster. On the taped edition of Raw that aired September 3, 2007, Stephanie, along with her mother Linda and her brother Shane, made several appearances to confront Mr. McMahon about the child, who was later revealed to be Hornswoggle. On Raw's 15 Year Anniversary episode, she appeared along with Shane in a segment—also involving her father Vince and Hornswoggle—which ended with her kissing her real life husband Triple H, to humiliate her father.

General Manager of Raw (2008–2009)

After the scripted severe injuries sustained by Vince on the June 23 3-hour edition of Raw, Shane appeared requesting for the Raw Superstars to stand together during what was a 'turbulent time'. Shane's plea was ignored, and subsequently, for the next two weeks, Stephanie and Shane urged the superstars to show solidarity. The following week, Shane announced Mike Adamle as their choice to be the new Raw General Manager.

After Adamle stepped down as General Manager, Stephanie soon became in charge of the brand and had altercations with Chris Jericho in the following weeks, which involved her firing him (although he was later reinstated). After her father Vince returned, the family began a feud with Randy Orton, who began the storyline by punting Vince in the head. After a few weeks of feuding, Orton and his alliance, The Legacy, punted Shane in the head and performed an RKO on Stephanie. Following the attack, he was chased out of the ring by Triple H, who is her real-life husband. The rivalry between Orton and The Legacy against Triple H and the McMahons continued at WrestleMania XXV, where Triple H defended the WWE Championship against Orton. The following month, Orton won the championship at Backlash.

Backstage roles

McMahon began her WWF career as an Account Executive for the WWE sales office in New York. In her early years with the company, she did reception work, creative design, television production, and acted as a ring performer. After spending time as the Director of Television Writing, a job she had by 2002, she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Creative Writing in 2006. According to a WWE SEC filing in March 2008, McMahon's approximate salary in 2007 was $677,125.

McMahon was promoted to Executive Vice President of Talent, Creative Writing, and Live Events in 2007. During her time in this position, she turned down a potential incest angle. According to her, Vince was to reveal himself as the father of her baby; when she said no, he pushed for Shane to be the father, but she turned that idea down, as well.

Personal life

McMahon got breast implants in July 2001. In an October 2001 interview, her mother Linda commented on her daughter's enhancement, saying, "My first concerns are always with health issues. Stephanie had thoroughly investigated the procedure, and she had answers to all the questions that I asked, and so I felt comfortable that if that was something that she wanted to do, then she should proceed, and she had my full support." During her October 2002 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, McMahon stated that she was contemplating getting an even larger set of implants because she had recently lost weight at the time, thereby making them smaller.

She has also been accused of having initiated the firing of Joanie "Chyna" Laurer, who left the WWF in 2001. Laurer, who was romantically involved with Paul "Triple H" Levesque for several years, claimed her departure was not due to pay, but because McMahon wanted her out of the company. Laurer claimed that during her relationship with Triple H, McMahon had an affair with him and stole him away from her. McMahon and Levesque began dating in 2000 during their scripted romance, and they were engaged on Valentine's Day in 2003. On January 8, 2006, WWE announced that McMahon and Levesque were expecting their first child, due on July 27, 2006. McMahon continued to work and travel with WWE throughout her pregnancy, giving birth to an 8 lb, 7 oz (3.8 kg) baby girl, Aurora Rose Levesque, on July 24, 2006. The couple had their second child, a daughter named Murphy Claire Levesque, on July 28, 2008.

Other media

McMahon has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Opie and Anthony. In November 2001, McMahon appeared on a special episode of The Weakest Link where WWF personalities competed against each other for their respective charities. She made it to the final two but lost to Triple H. On August 14, 2005, McMahon (with her name misspelled as "Stephani"), along with Stacy Keibler (misspelled as "Stacey"), appeared on the season five finale of MTV's Punk'd, where she assisted the prank played on Triple H.On November 11, 2009 McMahon appeared on an episode of Dinner: Impossible alongside the WWE wrestler Big Show.

In wrestling



  • Nicknames
    • "The Billion Dollar Princess"
    • "Mrs. Game"
    • "Daddy's Little Girl"




Championships and accomplishments







Notes

  1. Peterson Kaelberer, Angie. The McMahons, 34
  2. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 132.
  3. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 21.
  4. Guttman, James. World Wrestling Insanity, 45
  5. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 85.
  6. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's One Ring Circus, 32
  7. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 103.
  8. Guttman, James. World Wrestling Insanity, 46
  9. Guttman, James. World Wrestling Insanity, 26
  10. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's One Ring Circus, 16
  11. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 136.
  12. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's One Ring Circus, 33
  13. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's One Ring Circus, 41
  14. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's Made Men, 39
  15. Oppliger, Patrice A. Wrestling and Hypermasculinity, 23.
  16. Keith, Scott. Wrestling's Made Men, 10
  17. Guttman, James. World Wrestling Insanity, 47


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