Stephanie McMahon opens up on LIVE! with Chris Jericho Network podcast

 

Stephanie McMahon was the special guest on LIVE! with Chris Jericho yesterday on the WWE Network, with the billion dollar princess attending the show after the company’s staff party, a party which Jericho said he never knew existed after 15 years working there.

Stephanie revealed she was off WWE television for the past few weeks as she was in China and Singapore as part of the Eisenhower fellowship and she will be going somewhere else later in the year. Steph said she had to “educate” or as she put it – defend – the WWE before she was selected.

Jericho brought up how WWE is still largely a family business and Steph recounted her several jobs from the age of 14 up until now. She also discussed having Vince as her father and her boss at the same time and told a story once about Vince sending her and Shane back out to reshoot a segment in front of the Boston crowd during the Invasion angle period.

Steph talked about growing up with the wrestlers and how the Killer Bees and Tito Santana were her favorite but she liked the heels more. She talked about her friendship with Andre The Giant and said she wasn’t a Hulk Hogan fan when she was a kid.

The subject of her dating Triple H was then brought up and Vince first sort of approved but then he pulled the plug on it and it took a year for her and HHH to get back together. A one-on-one discussion with her mother kinda smoothed things out and the rest is history.

Jericho then mentioned all the stuff he and Steph did on television and how she was always mocked by him. She said she doesn’t mind looking like a fool as long as they payoff is there. Jericho went over some skits the two did together especially when she had a giant zit on her nose that was impossible to ignore and the Planet of the Apes segment, a segment that came about simply because Vince loved apes.

The breast enhancement topic came next and Steph didn’t shy away from it, laughing with Jericho at all the things he said to her at the time. Jericho bought up the segment he and Rocky did with her, Rhyno, and Booker T which ended with Rock calling Booker a “motherf*****” live on Raw. Steph had to cut him off before he said the actual word but she mistimed it and Rock went ahead anyway and she explained how he got in trouble backstage with Vince for saying that word on television.

Steph went over her famous slaps and she said she never slapped anyone harder than The Rock at WrestleMania 31. She said she felt pretty bad but it was a great segment. Jericho said that Steph threw some nasty slaps and Steph blamed it on the boys for teaching her how to do it.

The discussion turned to Ronda Rousey and Steph said she’s a big fan of her and that segment with Rousey was her WrestleMania moment. She said Rousey is a role model and would love if there’s a match between the two but they don’t know what’s going to happen.

The #GiveDivasAChance movement was mentioned and Jericho even said that AJ called out McMahon on Twitter for congratulating Patricia Arquette on her equality speech. Steph said that she had to respond diplomatically to AJ but was proud that AJ had the guts to speak her mind.

Steph said that she was proud to be in the final segment with Vickie Guerrero before she retired and said that Vickie was the first one to get one over her since she returned on television. Steph said she was getting goosebumps just talking about it and how great it was for Vickie to leave with Eddie’s theme.

Asked about her favorite match and moment, she said it was with Brie at SummerSlam because she came back wrestling after 11 years and her three kids were there watching her. Fighting back tears, she said when she went backstage her daughters were there chanting “you still got it,” even though they didn’t know what it meant but it meant a lot to her. She said her 8 year old is really interested in being a WWE Diva and that she liked the heels more as Jericho wondered where that might have come from!