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McMahon embarrassing himself and his wrestlers
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun


Vince McMahon could have named it the 'Kiss my Butt Club', the 'Kiss my Rear Club', or even the 'Kiss my Beautiful Bronzed Billionaire Behind Club,' for all I care.

Anything would have made life easier for writers such as myself -- stuck with the task of penning columns about McMahon's infamous 'Kiss my (You-know-what) Club', without actually mentioning it by name using the expletive.

This is, after all, a family newspaper.

Which means my article about last Monday's WWE Raw has slowly degenerated into a game of Taboo.

Monday's two hour Raw, built entirely around the latest butt-kissing instalment, had so many beeps and bloops censoring the show on The Score, viewers north of the border could be forgiven for assuming they were waiting to see the 'Kiss my Bleep Club.'

But first, a little back story, for those who aren't keeping tabs on McMahon's gradual slide into senility.

The 'Kiss my a--' concept is a recurring plotline on WWE TV. Vince's own idea, in case you were wondering.

Every time the WWE owner wants to be the star of the show, he kicks up this dead horse angle in which a big-name star is forced to literally plant their lips on Vinnie Mac's bare bum on live TV.

The wrestlers act repulsed and humiliated that they have to peck a 60-year-old cheek for a fraction of a second.

McMahon gleefully performs the far more embarrassing end of the deal: Standing in the ring with his pants around his ankles, flexing his butt cheeks and giving a running commentary on the aesthetic details of his posterior.

But, despite how it reads, wrestling's still as bigoted and homophobic as ever. The act comes off as completely non-sexual, yet still utterly tasteless. It's a double whammy of tackiness that could only be topped by the fact it's now repetitive, dull and boring, too.

Monday's main event was maybe the eighth or ninth episode of McMahon's kissing club but, man, it feels like the millionth.

It seems McMahon drags the idea back from The Land of Misfit Storylines every other week, often for no other reason than to stroke his ego.

But for those thinking the WWE boss has finally gone completely Tom Cruise on us, read on.

A new DVD biography on the WWE owner (which hit Canadian retailers this week) reveals a twisted storyline McMahon tried to push on his daughter, Stephanie, when she was pregnant.

According to multiple members of the McMahon clan, Vince proposed a plot in which he would be revealed as the father of his daughter's child.

When Stephanie refused -- astutely observing: "I can't fake kiss my Dad, that's just revolting" -- Vince suggested a story in which Shane McMahon impregnated his own sister.

Luckily (for the kid's sake), cooler heads prevailed and the incest angle was nixed.

But it goes to show that no matter how far McMahon pushes the envelope on Raw -- necrophilia, ethnic stereotyping, feuds with God and 'Kiss my (ahem) Club' included -- he always wishes he could have pushed it that little bit further.

Be grateful for the tasteless and offensive pro wrestling we now enjoy. Because complete and utter insanity is always just a storyline away.

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