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Busted Open interviews Stephanie McMahon


Stephanie McMahon on WWE’s Be a Star campaign:

    “The message of believing in yourself and respecting yourself is incredibly

important. So to hear that we actually were able to make some kind of difference, even if it’s just in one person’s life, makes everything that we do worth it.”

On balancing her public persona with her private life:

“For me, it’s not tough because I’ve always had this strange duality throughout my life. My dad was Vince McMahon on television, but he was ‘Dad’ at home. My husband is Triple H on television, but he’s Paul at home. So for me, it’s not unusual at all, but that’s actually another tool that I use to communicate with the kids. I play a villain, I actually play a bully on television and in WWE, but that’s not who I am in real life. In real life, I would never treat anybody that way. And that’s part of the message that we relate to these kids is the difference between entertainment versus reality. That’s what Sin Cara did today when he actually took off his mask, which he never does on WWE programming, because he wanted to be real and show these kids, ‘Look, I’m here speaking to you as a person’.”

On what it’s like to work with her husband, Triple H:

“Truthfully, we really don’t get to see each other very much. Our jobs are so different and we do perform together on television, but that’s about the most we see each other, with the exception of being at home which, again, is pretty much just working out - our midnight workouts - so that’s our bonding time. But I wouldn’t mind being around him 24/7, I have to say. I mean, my husband is pretty amazing.”

On what it was like “growing up McMahon”:

“It’s been entertaining. It’s been anything but boring, I’ll say that. I’ve been in love with WWE since I can remember. I used to watch when my dad was a commentator and I had my favorites and they were always the heels. They really were. I really was just never into the good guys, go figure. I’ve been a fan all my life and what I would love to do most is I’d like to sit around with my dad when he was booking - at the time that’s what it was called - when he was actually making the matches and the storylines to go with them that would carry us from, at the time, town to town and then became television program to television program, pay-per-view to pay-per-view, WrestleMania to WrestleMania. I would just sit and listen and learn. I was just fascinated with it. I’ve always loved it, but that doesn’t mean that working in a family business is easy. I think that it certainly presents its challenges.

I think, ultimately, everything is quelled though, because he’s the boss and ultimately what my dad says, goes. We all respect that. He is our leader. I’ll also say one of the advantages of working in a family business is that we all share the same passion. So we succeed together, we fail together, we try together. We share a lot and that’s a huge advantage.”

On why an increasing segment of the fanbase boos Roman Reigns:

“I have my theories. I think it’s just because Triple H is just the better guy. I think Triple H is going to have to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That is, if I have anything to do with it at WrestleMania.”

On her brother Shane’s match against the Undertaker:

“There’s a lot on the line, you know. Again, from a storyline standpoint, how could my brother stand a chance against the Undertaker? In Hell in a Cell, no less? I think my dad was certainly stacking the deck. From a personal standpoint, we’ll have to see.  


On the possibility of 100,000 people in attendance at WM32:

“That’s what we hope for. We hope to break our record, which was originally set all the way back at WrestleMania 3 of 93,173 people and, let me just say for the record, I remember what it was like to be there. To look out at all those people and to see Andre the Giant, my favorite, who looked to be absolutely, like, matchbox-size from that great of a distance. That won’t happen at AT&T Stadium because they have that big, giant board and the way the whole stadium’s engineered, it really is engineered for the ultimate fan experience and that’s exactly what we’re going to deliver.”