Vince McMahon Punched Keith Lee
Speaking on WWE 24 Documentary, Lee explains that McMahon snuck a punch in on him that left him in stitches.
“Someone came up to me and was like, ‘if you’re getting punched by Vince McMahon, you need to go down,'” Lee said (thanks to Wrestling Edge for the quotes). “I’m like, ‘hey, no problem.’ And I’m pretty sure whoever that was played a joke on me.
“The moment that the McMahons came down and Vince McMahon jawed me and when I say he jawed me, he JAWED me. So I go down and he looks confused.”
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Lee, who has built himself up as a nearly-immovable force in the WWE, continued.
“Why would the 300-pound dude go down from one punch?” Lee said. “When they were done with the others, it was like there was no way we’re done with the big guy. So they picked me up and I was like, ‘what did I do to deserve this?'”
This incident took place while Lee was working as an extra within the WWE. Both Triple H and Shane McMahon were also involved.
Lee would gain much success in NXT before being promoted to the main WWE roster.
Mauro Ranallo – WWE
A veteran of combat sports and pro wrestling, Mauro Ranallo took his exit from the WWE over the summer. Recently, his voice was heard calling the hugely-successful Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. boxing event.
Ranallo, who has been very public about his ongoing and constant battle with mental illness, explains that his decision to leave was one that came about while working for the WWE.
“WWE is one of the most mentally grueling places — and that’s not necessarily a criticism by any means,” Ranallo said during an interview with Post Wrestling. “There’s a reason Vince McMahon has built a multi-billion dollar empire. Is it perfect? Not by any means, but neither am I.
“I chose to go to WWE and it was a dream come true. I wanted to work with WWE because I thought it would be an affirmation of my achievements as a broadcaster, but because of the connection I had with pro wrestling.”
Ranallo was with Jerry Lawler and Byron Sexton, to which he says they had an “instant chemistry.” He also was with the likes of Michael Cole, Tom Phillips, David Otunga and John “Bradshaw” Layfield on SmackDown.
“But they made the changes they felt they had to make,” Ranallo said. “I’ve proven I can work with almost anyone as a broadcaster. But there were many times I was like, ‘what is going on here?’ Four-man booth, an eight-man booth.
“I get it, but that’s not what I want as a commentator.”
Ranallo is the first sports broadcaster in history to call boxing, kickboxing, MMA and pro wrestling on U.S. national television.