– Stephanie McMahon appeared on Barstool Sports’ The Corp podcast about her work in WWE, being Andre the Giant’s friend, sneezing around her dad and more. The show sent along some highlights, which are below:
On her friendship with Andre the Giant: So I met Andre. Gosh I dont even remember this story my mom tells this story. I was about three years old and I was jumping on the trampoline outside of our house and we lived in Cape Cod Massachusetts. And Andre drove up in his special van because it had to be outfitted for him for his size and he got out of his van. And it was like his head blocked the sun and the ground shaking as he took every step. And my babysitter at the time freaked out, started locking all the doors, closing all the windows and Im out on the trampoline. I dont know what that says about her babysitting skills but my mom tells the story that Andre walked over to the trampoline and I was never scared. I was never afraid and he held out his hand. And apparently as lore goes I stepped into the palm of his hand and he brought me up to his cheek and I gave him a kiss on the cheek. And my mom always called Andre my Gulliver.
On being an executive as well as being in storylines: I do find though now when I meet other business people and they find out that Im also a character on the show it is quite confusing to them especially when I then explain I am the villain playing the bosss daughter putting profits before people and all of that good stuff.
On Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair: Hulk Hogan is one of the most easily recognized icons in the world. He is everything because also his size, his stature, that Fu Manchu the long blond hair. He just really is one of the first ever I think truly global icons. And Ric Flair is arguably one of the greatest superstars ever in the history of our business from a pure talent standpoint. I think that even Hulk Hogan would say Ric Flair has me beat. Rick, he transcends our business in many different ways than I think Hulk Hogan does. And it feels like Im maybe not picking one over the other but Im picking each one for different … I think Rock, especially because with all the different platforms that exist today, I think Rock has hes probably the number one most easily recognized WWE superstar of all time. And not only is he a successful actor he also runs you know Seven Bucks Studios, hes an entrepreneur, hes an executive, hes a philanthropist.
On what the audience doesn’t know: Theyre [the fans] being very vocal and theyre telling us exactly what they want and sometimes to your point earlier, its not what you want to do because youre setting them up for something else. But sometimes its a setup for a payoff of something even bigger and they just have to be patient.
On if she’s ever sneezed around Vince McMahon: “Totally. Yes … He doesnt hate me for it but its always with like a grrr, a grimace. But on the flip side Ive been around when he has sneezed. [It’s] a little bit [embarassing] that he cant control. Well its just because he doesnt like anything he cant control the fact that he cant control the sneeze is very, makes him upset.”
On dating and marrying Triple H: Forbidden love too, by the way. I was forbidden to date, you know the wrestlers. And then for him to take the ultimate risk and you know go after me the way he did it was all or nothing.
Triple H on staging His rattlesnake bite: Let me tell you how easy it is to sell a rattlesnake strike. They put you in a room a bathroom and they just put a little piece of Plexiglass down. If youre getting repetitively thrown into this bathroom and on the other side of a little Plexiglass is a bunch of rattlesnakes. And when you get thrown into theyre striking this Plexiglass. And it just like yeah you realize what they can do and the guy that is training them has like two fingers. Like you see signs clearly this isnt an exact science.