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9 Lessons Vince McMahon Should Have Learned From Ted Turner

26 January 2016 7:28 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Unsurprisingly, Vince McMahon has a whole lot in common with Ted Turner, his self-selected nemesis during the nineties. Both McMahon and Turner took their father’s names and, later on in life, their businesses, and each man transformed that business from a success into a massive corporate leviathan.

Turner and McMahon clashed for the first time in the 1980s when the WWF was in the throes of trying to go national. McMahon bought a controlling interest in Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1984 specifically to gain access to their two hour Saturday evening timeslot on TBS, Turner’s cable network. That, plus his own USA Network deal, would have given him control over all nationally televised wrestling.

Unfortunately, McMahon reneged on a specific promise to air original programming, sending in shows culled from matches already shown in syndication (also known as repeats). The event, pivotal in the history of the era, »

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