Stephanie McMahon’s top 10 greatest WWE moments
Stephanie McMahon is often referred to as “The Billion Dollar Princess.” She has left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling. Her journey in WWE began in the 1990s when she was introduced as an innocent young lady caught up in the intricate web of WWE storylines.
Over the decades, Stephanie McMahon evolved into a formidable force on WWE television, captivating audiences with her memorable moments and performances. As she recently announced a leave of absence from WWE, it’s the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane and reflect on her top 10 WWE moments that solidified her status as one of the greatest heels and unexpected babyfaces in wrestling history.
10. The Unholy Wedding (April 26, 1999)
Stephanie’s first significant storyline in WWE involved The Undertaker. After being “abducted” at Backlash, The Undertaker demanded control of the company in exchange for her safe return. Vince McMahon agreed, leading to an eerie “Unholy Wedding” between The Undertaker and Stephanie. Thankfully, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin intervened, preventing the unholy union from becoming a reality. This unsettling storyline remains one of Stephanie’s most unforgettable on-screen moments.
9. Stephanie Gets Arrested
One of Stephanie’s memorable storylines involved her feud with Brie Bella. During a heated episode of Raw, Brie managed to get the upper hand and had Stephanie arrested. Watching Stephanie being taken away as fans sang at her was a moment that left a lasting impact, highlighting her versatility as a character in WWE.
8. Father vs. Daughter “I Quit” Match (No Mercy 2003)
The Father vs. Daughter “I Quit” match from No Mercy 2003 is a divisive moment in WWE history. Some view it as a distasteful portrayal of male-on-female violence, while others appreciate it as a storytelling device. In this match, Vince McMahon played the ruthless villain, physically assaulting his own daughter Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie, as the resilient babyface, inspired fans to rally behind her, creating a memorable and emotionally charged encounter.
7. Wedding with Test (November 29, 1999)
Stephanie’s on-screen character evolved when she transitioned into a storyline with wrestler Test. The two became engaged, and their wedding was set for an episode of Raw. However, Triple H interrupted the ceremony to reveal that he had secretly eloped with Stephanie in Las Vegas while she was unconscious. This dramatic twist added layers to Stephanie’s character and generated a passionate response from the WWE audience.
6. Stephanie McMahon Dances With New Day
The New Day has a knack for bringing out a different side of WWE superstars with their infectious positivity. In an unexpected and hilarious moment, Stephanie McMahon and her husband, Triple H, joined in a dance with The New Day during an episode of Raw. This light-hearted moment showcased Stephanie’s willingness to embrace comedy and entertain the WWE Universe.
5. New SmackDown General Manager (July 18, 2002)
After a feud with husband Triple H and her managerial role with Undisputed Champion Chris Jericho, Stephanie found herself in a unique position. In a triple threat match on Raw, if Triple H pinned Stephanie, she would be banished from WWE forever. Triple H won, but “forever” in WWE is often temporary. Stephanie returned as the new General Manager of SmackDown, wearing a pantsuit and establishing herself as a babyface authority figure.
4. Wedding With Triple H (February 11, 2002)
Stephanie’s wedding to Triple H on Raw in 2002 was a captivating showcase of her talents. At this point, Triple H had returned from injury and was gearing up for a WrestleMania showdown with Undisputed Champion Chris Jericho, who was managed by Stephanie. The tension between Stephanie and Triple H was palpable, and just as divorce seemed imminent, Stephanie revealed she was pregnant. However, a twist involving Linda McMahon exposed Stephanie’s lie, leading to a memorable and chaotic segment.
3. Kissing Out With Eric Bischoff
The original brand split in WWE saw Stephanie and Eric Bischoff as General Managers of Raw and SmackDown, respectively. In a bizarre backstage segment at a SmackDown Halloween party, Eric Bischoff removed a Vince McMahon mask and started kissing Stephanie. Stephanie’s response added an unexpected and cringe-worthy element to their rivalry, leaving fans both puzzled and entertained.
2. Accusing Daniel Bryan Of Cheating On Brie Bella
Stephanie’s feud with Brie Bella capitalized on the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H angle. The drama between Stephanie and Brie was built to make their SummerSlam 2014 match feel significant. Stephanie introduced an unknown character played by Chelsea Green as Bryan’s physical therapist, accusing Bryan of cheating on Brie. This storyline added emotional depth to their feud and generated considerable interest from fans.
1. Mud Bath Match
Stephanie McMahon has been often portrayed as a dominant and fearsome authority figure. However, she has also been willing to put herself into embarrassing situations for the entertainment of the WWE Universe. One such moment occurred during her feud with Vickie Guerrero when they competed in a mud bath match. The sight of both women covered in mud provided a hilarious and unforgettable moment that showcased Stephanie’s commitment to entertaining the fans.
Stephanie McMahon’s WWE career has been filled with captivating moments that have solidified her status as a wrestling icon. From her early days as an innocent bystander to her transformation into a formidable heel and an unexpected babyface, Stephanie has left an indelible mark on WWE history. Her departure, albeit temporary, leaves fans eagerly awaiting her return and more memorable moments in the future.