The latest hubbub (for the moment) of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is him attacking “CNN” in an edited video posted Sunday morning. The video shows Trump tackling and pummeling a figure with a CNN logo as a face.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The original video is from the pro wrestling spectacular “WrestleMania XXIII” taking place 2007 in Detroit produced by WWE. In a match billed as “The Battle of the Billionaires,” Trump and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon picked a representative to duke it out in the ring. The losing billionaire would have to have their head shaved bald in the ring.
And yes, that is the same McMahon who is husband to a member of Trump’s cabinet, Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon.
Trump’s champion of the day was Bobby Lashley (who now wrestles for rival Impact Wrestling). His opponent was McMahon’s surrogate, the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga (who passed away in 2009 at the age of 36).
The legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin officiated the match that day. While he was knocked to the mat late in the match, McMahon started putting the bad mouth to him. That prompted Trump to take McMahon down and land five punches to the forehead. Back in the ring, Lashley managed a comeback and defeated Umaga.
The trio of Lashley, Austin and Trump held McMahon down in a barber chair and shaved McMahon bald. As his custom, Austin celebrated in the ring drinking beer with his new ten-figured friend. Also per custom, Austin kicked Trump in the gut and gave him a “Stone Cold Stunner,” a move which Austin snapped the future president’s head over his shoulder.
Linda McMahon told GV Wire earlier this year that the family connection with Trump dates back to the early 1980s when they met at a Rolling Stones concert at the Meadowlands. Trump has had sporadic involvement with the WWE (or WWF as it was known until 2002). His Atlantic City casino hosted WrestleManias IV & V in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Trump has made cameos on the TV flagship “Monday Night Raw” as well.