Linda McMahon: Trump’s Small Business Pick Has A History Of Crushing Smaller Competitors

Travis Waldron and Dana Liebelson report for The Huffington Post:

Related imageLinda McMahon, the former World Wrestling Entertainment chief executive whom President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to run the Small Business Administration, built her billion-dollar corporate empire by crushing many of WWE’s smaller competitors.

Trump has claimed that McMahon helped grow WWE from a “modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide” ― a statement that appears word-for-word on McMahon’s personal website.

But the real story is more complicated — and controversial.

The World Wrestling Federation, which later became WWE, and that McMahon had a hand in running for nearly three decades, was not exactly a small business when she and her husband, Vince, took it over from Vince’s father in 1982, said Dr. Scott Beekman, a historian at the University of Rio Grande and the author of Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America.

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