KELLER & POWELL FLAGSHIP (12/5)
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Early reviews of the leaked “Pandemonium” script of Vince McMahon’s life suggest the script is closer to a work of fiction loosely based on reality than anything close to an attempt to accurately portrayal of Vince McMahon’s life.
According to various reports, many based on Alex Greenfield’s review for an MLW podcast this week, the script chronicles Vince McMahon starting in 1969 or 1971 (reports differ) when he was in his early 20s through his expansion years of the WWF. Timelines are messed up and the history of various wrestlers are fictionalized or greatly altered, according to various accounts. The drama is built around Ted Turner’s supposed obsession with Vince McMahon (something Vince McMahon expressly believed to be true during the Monday Night War), drama in his marriage, and his difficult relationship with his father Vince Sr. who preceded him at the helm of what is now WWE.
The script, because Vince McMahon will have veto power over details and heavy influence over how he’s portrayed, will likely undergo major rewrites before it goes into production. Perhaps most oddly and most likely to be completely changed, the script fictionalizes Linda McMahon’s background. It presents her as working as a strip club waitress when she becomes pregnant with Shane, and Vince demands she shouldn’t work in that environment anymore. It leads to a fight between Vince and the club owner, which Vince wins in a back alley.
The script includes battling the government in court when he was indicated on charges of steroid distribution. The script also depicts explicit backstage and off-camera partying, drug use, and sex – including a sex scene with Hulk Hogan (perhaps included as a joke, given Hogan was victim of a leaked sex tape). It includes a scene of Shane and Stephanie McMahon fighting back against bullies who were taunting them about their father being indicted on steroid distribution charges despite not attending high school at the same time.
For some reason, Jim Crockett Jr. and Eric Bischoff are either believed to be the same person by the script writer or merged for “expediency” of storytelling. The script suggests the WWWF was struggling before Vince Jr. took over and convinced his dad to go a new direction, inspired by a Led Zeppelin rock concert he attended. The script gets into the WWF transitioning from Bob Backlund to Hulk Hogan as a lead babyface. Vince Sr., in the movie script, died in 1994, as opposed to his real year of death 1984, to apparently create a climax and extra drama in the midst of the steroid trial.
All indications are that this is not going to be anything close to an accurate portrayal of Vince’s journey or the evolution of WWE. In fact, it’s quite close to a work of fiction, and clearly intentionally so. The first page of the script might be the tipoff that it wasn’t meant to be anything near reality: “This script is as true as anything in professional wrestling.”