Vince McMahon has been one of the most entertaining yet controversial characters in WWE since his inception at the helm of the Stamford-based company. While McMahon has established himself as one of the most polarising figures in history through his incredible contribution to the business, his certain questionable acts didn’t allow fans to put him on a pedestal.

The notorious WWE boss can’t stay away long from headlines for the weirdest reasons. Most of those are pretty familiar to fans, including the infamous ‘kiss my a** club. But apart from this Vince McMahon once found a bizarre reason to sign the late star Brian Pillman to WWE’s roster, that you might not be aware of.

Vince McMahon signed Brian Pillman to WWE for a weird reason


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The wrestling world couldn’t get enough of the deceased star Brian Pillman. Due to his untimely demise in 1997, Pillman failed to build a long WWE career, however, his debut in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world was pretty dramatic. After a surprising WCW exit, Pillman’s free agent status caught Vince McMahon’s sly attention, who was busy picking up young guys from Bischoff’s promotion back then. However, McMahon got another different motive to get him on the roster.

In the latest episode of the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross recollected that incident and revealed the real reason for Vince singing Pillman. The former WWW insider noted, ”Vince had remembered Brian from Brian’s intervention or whatever you want to call it at that convention right or where Brian was talking loud and MFing this MFing that, and Vince thought that’s cool. Brian had balls and he wasn’t intimidated to play his cards, I helped negotiate that deal with Brian.”

So, Pillman launching an offensive insult in public basically earned him his dream spot in the biggest wrestling promotion.

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However, immediately after his death, McMahon again landed in hot water regarding another controversy related to Pillman’s family.

Vince McMahon stirred further controversy surrounding the late star’s family after his death

Former WCW World Tag Team Champion, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 35 due to a massive heart attack. Before the WWE universe could mourn his death properly, McMahon did the unthinkable by approaching his wife and mother for an exclusive interview during the next day’s RAW episode.


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Although Pillman’s mother Melanie Pillman and his widow managed to sit for the interview, McMahon’s quirky decision didn’t sit well with the majority of WWE faithful. One of the people who weren’t happy at this was the former Hall of Famer Mick Foley. In a past interview, Foley noted, ‘‘I just don’t think any grieving widow should be interviewed for anything and I know all the time, you know, the news flocks around and tries to get words from someone who has lost somebody.”

Melanie, Pillman’s mother, also died last year at the age of 56.

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