Unbelievably sweet. The Taker’s abducted bride. The Million Dollar Princess. A Principal owner. The Chief Brand Officer. A philanthropist, wife, and mother. The ultimate Girl Boss. When one thinks about Stephanie McMahon, the female heir and Linda’s daughter, these are the phrases that spring to mind. In reality, she worked her way through the firm as a product model and receptionist, not as a superstar. It was 1999 when she made her debut televised appearance as a nice daddy’s daughter unaware of the crazy locker room. To obtain power and rule over anyone who dared to confront her, Stephanie had become a diabolical lady at the turn of the century.
Here at Women’s Wrestling Talk we’re going to tally down some of her most incredible moments! Here are Stephanie McMahon’s 5 Best Moments.
Daddy’s Little Girl No More: Stephanie Turns on Her Father and Chooses Triple H
After being engaged to the late wrestler Test and having that wedding go up in smoke due to some manipulation by Triple H, Stephanie found herself begrudgingly married to the man known as The Game. Vince McMahon and Triple H’s feud escalated when they challenged each other to a No Holds Barred match at the first Armageddon pay per view in December of 1999.
The vicious match that included weapons and an appearance from Mankind ended with an unsuccessful attempt to attack Triple H with a sledgehammer, which allowed for the Cerebral Assassin to grab the weapon and hit Vince for the victory. But it was the moment after the match that shook the audience to its core. As Triple H Seemly Raised the sledgehammer to attack Stephanie, he dropped it as they smiled at each other and kissed in the middle of the ring to reveal that they planned to take over the WWE to kick off the McMahon-Helmsley era.
Stephanie McMahon Ushers in The Divas Revolution (2015)
Picture it! Summer of 2015 in WWE. The family-bred, former NXT Women’s and Divas Champion Paige was in a major feud with the longest reigning Divas Champion Nikki Bella. With every match they had against each other, Nikki would use underhanded tactics to hold on to her title, including utilizing her twin sister Brie and Alicia Fox in the form of Team Bella. After months of the one-sided battles, Stephanie McMahon had seen enough. On the July 13, 2015, episode of Raw, the boss queen stood with Paige’s mission to shake up the women’s division and stated that a person “cannot do that alone.”
With that declaration, Stephanie announced the arrivals of three of the Four Horsewomen of NXT: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Sasha Banks. Becky and Charlotte aligned with Paige as Team PCB and Sasha formed Team B.A.D. with 2 times SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi and former Women’s Tag Team champion Tamina Snuka. As TeamBella stood in fear, Stephanie stated that she “had set the table of opportunity before them,” and as a heated brawl broke out between the three teams, Stephanie and the audience watched as WWE’s Women’s Revolution began.
Stephanie’s Tenure as SmackDown General Manager (2002-2003)
Stephanie had been absent for months after her on-screen marriage to Triple H ended. On SmackDown on July 18, 2002, her father Vince named her as the new general manager of the blue brand. During the Ruthless Aggression period, he declared he intended to challenge Raw general manager Eric Bischoff. This news stunned the SmackDown locker room when she entered in a stunning business suit and pearls. She threw Bischoff out of the building and rallied for stars like The Rock and Kurt Angle. Stephanie launched the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship and ushered in a new era for the United States Championship. She was forced to resign after a sour rivalry with Vince McMahon and former Women’s Champion Sable ended in the first-ever father-daughter “I Quit” match at No Mercy in 2003. It was inspiring to see a woman in command of a major network program.
Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella (Summer Slam 2014)
For their part, McMahon and Triple H reconstituted The Authority on August 19, 2014’s, Raw. Then she threatened to fire Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson’s wife, Brie Bella, forcing her to quit before punching McMahon in the face. McMahon attacked Brie when she approached her after attacking Nikki Bella on Raw on July 21. McMahon was charged with assault! Brie was rehired the next week and challenged McMahon to Summer Slam. Stephanie had not competed on PPV in almost a decade. McMahon’s defense against Brie was quite powerful. She wanted to humiliate Brie, and when it seemed Brie had the upper hand with Nikki Bella’s help, The Fearless One punched her twin sister. Despite Stephanie’s horror, she pinned Brie as Triple H approved. Stephanie’s desire for power had no boundaries.
Stephanie McMahon and Triple H vs Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 34-2018)
No one expected Stephanie to be as clever as Ronda Rousey in her Mania debut. Aside from preventing Rousey from tagging in, she and Triple H’s connection was on full display. Even after being tagged in, Stephanie countered Rousey’s armbar with a DDT and a barrage of strikes! Imagine fighting a former UFC Champion without any wrestling expertise. Stephanie demonstrated she was willing to push Rousey to her limits. She even scolded Kurt Angle, the Raw General Manager at the moment! Despite Stephanie’s best efforts, Ronda’s power overcame her, and she had to tap out. The CMO may not have won, but she demonstrated she was willing to battle beside her better half.
This stands tall as the Top Stephanie McMahon moment