Stephanie McMahon’s current favourite pastime seems to involve running away from Ronda Rousey. It’s classic heel stuff, but many online are annoyed. From a certain perspective, it could seem as though Steph is once again avoiding punishment – having made a habit of this over the past few years.
The Billion Dollar Princess often attracts criticism for insulting, belittling, and often physically assaulting members of her roster without any form of karmic retribution. Personally, I think there’s little doubt that she’ll get her just desserts at WrestleMania – especially now that the Mixed Tag Match between herself, Triple H, Kurt Angle, and Rousey is official.
However, I can also see why this sort of behaviour can get a little irksome as the weeks pass. The Raw Commissioner seems untouchable at times. On the other hand, Steph’s dominance may have caused us all to forget one thing: she doesn’t always get away with it.
From physical bumps to public humiliation, Steph certainly hasn’t been afraid to look weak from time to time. Sure, she may be the most powerful woman in wrestling, but she’s also a McMahon (dammit). And if there’s one thing McMahons know how to do, it’s putting their body and dignity on the line in the name of sports entertainment.
It’s time to take a trip down memory lane and remember the times Stephanie McMahon ended up on the losing side…
10. The Black Wedding
Weddings have been a curious theme of Stephanie’s WWE career, particularly in the early days. She was infamously drugged and wedded by Triple H, although the whole thing was revealed to be a ruse shortly afterwards – allowing the pair to seize control of the promotion and begin the McMahon-Helmsley era.
A few years earlier, however, Steph endured another wedding ceremony with a slightly more gothic theme. We’ve arguably never seen her in a more vulnerable position.
The night after Backlash 1999, Undertaker (and his Ministry) brought a kidnapped Stephanie to the ring and attempted to make her his bride.
Ultimately she was saved by Steve Austin, a rare moment of selflessness from the Texas Rattlesnake.
Now admittedly, this occurred before Stephanie had ever been portrayed as a heel, so it probably can’t be considered comeuppance in its purest sense. However, it still makes it onto the list because of all the nastiness she’s partaken in in the years since.