Vince McMahon On Competing With UFC: “We’re In Show Business, They Are A Sport. Their Ratings Are Abysmal.”

Vince McMahon recently took part in a Q&A session with The Hollywood Reporter, and discussed topics such as the Monday Night Wars, WWE’s recent social media kick, competing with UFC, and more. McMahon gives his thoughts on UFC in the excerpt below:

THR: UFC gets big pay-per-view numbers.How do you stack up against them?

McMahon: “We’re in show business, they are a sport. Their ratings are abysmal. They are in the pay-per-view business, and they do reasonably well there. We just set a record for WrestleMania. We had 1.3 million buys for this year’s WrestleMania, and our pay-per-view numbers for our shows have been up 30 percent since then. So, we are looking pretty good.”

McMahon also comments on the tendency of former talent to pursue film careers:

THR: Why has so much of your talent, like The Rock, gone on to film careers?

McMahon: “Our talent is taught not to be prima donnas, to be on time and know their lines. And quite frankly, people in Hollywood, once they see what we do, they are amazed. Our talent doesn’t demand the biggest trailer or a certain amount of grape juice or whatever the h— it is. Our talent is extremely flexible and knows how to act, so it’s a logical extension for them.”

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Thanks to Wrestling News World reader Logan Walker for sending this in.

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  • Ranfery25

    McMahon is My Hero!

  • Me.

    SMH

  • unknown

    sometimes Vince says things that could be right but in the wrong way or context.

  • mjledesma

    This just killed wrestling for me

    • Bubba J

      How did this kill wrestlibg for you?

  • Wwe4L76

    Thats why I am a TNA fan now.
    TNA has wrestlers, WWE has actors

    • unknown

      say that to Daniel Bryan and CM Punk

  • Mikey d

    Vince is the man

  • PFElton

    Oh I see, now WWE is "Show Business" again.

    I distinctly recall a report on here where the Vinnie Mac Show professed to being a sport to receive sponsorship.

    WWE, GET IT?!

    • Bob

      No, I do not get it.

      • PFElton

        I never did. That's why my TV was on TNT every monday night during my childhood. The storylines may have been jumbled and repetitive, but WCW didn't have to use overboard sexual material and stunts to be popular.

  • Ian Myers

    Would that be the Joey Tribbiani definition of “abysmal”?

  • David from Paris

    He’s wrong about wcw, if it close down, it’s because of AOL/TIme Warner when they bought Ted Turner Group, they never wanted a wrestling organisation in their group. No matter how bad or good the show would have been, he would still air it. I’m not watching anymore this PG crap whitout any innovation that has become wwe