Currently following WWE, AEW, NJPW and NWA
Stamford, Connecticut - 21st May, 2004
Open letter from Vince McMahon to Shane McMahon, transcribed on wwe.com
...this is your father. You would have probably found out by now even if I haven't said it, I guess you know my handwriting. As you know, you (and your sister, of course) are the heir to my legacy. Very few are lucky enough to heir something like what you'll heir one day. And no one is as lucky as you are, because you will be the one to follow... the McMahon Legacy!
However, son, I still have some (a lot) more years to live and, like every great leader, I plan on running the World Wrestling Entertainment until my death, or at least, until I am a lot more older. So, it will still take some time until you run the world of sports entertainment.
But, we are in the year of 2004 and the world is changing at a fast pace. So is professional wrestling and sports entertainment. There are fresh new faces and a load of hungry athletes trying to grab the famed brass rings that will catapult them to stardom, here in the WWE.
What you do not know, my son, is that I will give you the chance to grab the shiniest brass ring of them all, at a very young age. You are 34 years old. Three years younger than I was when I got the control of the then World Wrestling Federation. However, I feel like the time is now, and, like you have proved in the past, I feel that you will not disappoint your father, just like you will not disappoint my father, your late grandfather.
That is why I will present you with a gift. A precious one. New wrestling companies are trying to rise and aim to get the chance to compete with the World Wrestling Entertainment. Who can blame them? No one. However, we must secure our position as the number one wrestling promotion from a early standpoint. That standpoint is now, and you, Shane, will be the man to secure WWE's long future.
How? By being WWE's competition, yourself. So you are going to have your own promotion, being in the prestigious second spot. You will run it your way. And that way, you will be more than ready when you, as the natural heir, take over WWE.
If you accept this gift, prepare yourself. Plan everything. Because after Summerslam, this year, I want to have competition... from my own son. But be careful. Your promotion itself already has it's legacy: the legacy of... World Championship Wrestling.
What do you say, son?
Vincent Kennedy McMahon Jr.
WCW In-Ring Roster
- Booker T - H
- Bubba Ray Dudley - H
- Carlito Colón (w/Jesús Aguilera) - H
- Chad Collyer - F
- Chris Benoit - F
- Christian (w/Tyson Tomko) - H
- D-Von Dudley - H
- Eddie Guerrero - F
- Jesús Aguilera - H
- Johnny Blaze - H
- Johnny Stamboli - F
- Mark Jindrak - H
- Matt Morgan - F
- Maven - F
- Mike Awesome - F
- Nigel McGuinness - F
- Nova - F
- Randy Orton (w/Ric Flair) - H
- Ric Flair - H
- Rob Van Dam - F
- Rodney Mack - H
- Rhyno - F
- Steven Richards - F
- Test - H
- William Regal - F
- Billy Kidman - F
- Chavo Guerrero Jr. (w/Chavo Guerrero Sr.) - H
- Frankie Kazarian - H
- Human Tornado [UPW] - F
- Joey Mercury - H
- Paul London - F
- Nunzio - H
- Rey Mysterio - F
- Shane Ballard [UPW] - T
- Shannon Ballard [UPW] - T
- Shannon Moore - F
- Spike Dudley - H
- Tajiri - F
- The Hurricane - F
Tag Teams and Factions
- Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon Ballard) [UPW] - T
- Carlito Colón & Jesús Aguilera - H
- Christian & Tyson Tomko - H
- Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von & Spike Dudley) - H
- Evolution (Randy Orton & Ric Flair) - H
- Billy Kidman & Paul London - F
- Blue World Order (Nova & Steven Richards) - F
- Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam - F
- The Radicalz (Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero) - F