Vince McMahon and the WWE fight the good fight
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Click here to see my Zap2it interview with WWE impresario Vince McMahon about the 800th episode of "WWE Monday Night RAW," airing tonight on USA Network, and on the 6th annual "Tribute to the Troops" special, which documents the wrestlers' yearly trip to Iraq, set to air near Christmas on NBC.
In the article, McMahon says the constant traveling show that is WWE is second only to the circus. But, an ad for presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has asked his supporters to take off Election Day -- Tues., Nov. 4 -- from work or school in order to boost his campaign.
Asked if he plans to have WWE stand down on Election Day, McMahon says, "No, we don't stand down for Sen. Obama or anybody else. We go for it, so it really doesn't matter what's going on in the rest of the world. We need to entertain people, and that's what we do.
"Hopefully someone will sit down, watch us, be engrossed in what we do and forget about politics and everything else."
And McMahon isn't bothered if some entertainment industry and media folks in Manhattan or Hollywood don't quite get the WWE and pro wrestling in general.
"Sometimes people in the business live in the Hollywood and New York bubble," he says, "but there's a whole other world out there, and that's where we like to think we are.
"Not that we don't appeal to New York and L.A. as well, but we really are Americana and understand Americans and what they want, which is one reason we've been on the air for so many years and continue to be.
"We have our fingers on the pulse of the marketplace of what America wants. It may not get many awards, and the snobs may not enjoy what we do, but that's OK."
McMahon is also eager to head to Iraq in early December and have some fun with the armed forces.
"We will be going over to as many of the forward operating bases as we possibly can," he says. "Jump on a Blackhawk early in the morning, come back at night, get some chow, get up in the morning and do it all over again."