We already know a few things about Donald Trump’s history with WWE:
Incredibly, you can tie bullet points two and three together. The Actual President Of The United States’ appearance at Mania 23 required him to throw hands at blood rival Vince McMahon, and having (probably) never been in a fight in his life, Trump needed to learn how to throw a worked punch.
The Battle of the Billionaires featured a lot of people who can throw a punch: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bobby Lashley, Umaga, and even Vince himself. But according to the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, the job of teaching Trump how to punch went to Umaga’s manager, Armando Alejandro Estrada. And, if you remember the actual punches, he did a bad job.
The full quote:
“Vince had asked me when the show had started and we were probably an hour and a half before we were set to walk down the ramp, Vince had asked me to go and meet Donald and to make sure he was good with the physicality. Just to make sure because we’ve got a million buy rates and he’s got 80,000 people in the Stadium. So I go and say, ‘Donald, Vince wants us to go over the physicality at the end and just wants to make sure you are good.’ He says, ‘Yeah, I’m fine. Where does Vince want me to punch him?’ I say, ‘I think in the side of the neck or on the top of the head,’ and Trump says, ‘Okay I think I’ll punch him in the top of the head because I feel more comfortable there.’
‘So let’s just pretend you are on top of me and you’ve just tackled Vince now go ahead and punch me on the top of the head.’ So Donald Trump, The President Of The United States proceeds to punch me in the top of the head as if he is hammering a nail in the wall. If you go back and watch the tape that is exactly how he punched Vince. The only thing is he hit me in the top of the head so hard that my head started to swell up a bit above my eyebrow. He must have caught me with a knuckle or something. Afterwards he asked if I was okay and I said I was fine and I walked away and my head starts to swell up and I said, ‘holy shit I forgot to tell him to pretend to punch me.’ So Donald Trump legit ‘shoot’ punched me five times, my head swelled up and I took some Advil to bring the swelling down and also wore that cool big-ass hat around my melon so that kind of helped conceal the abuse. So The President Of The United States assaulted me without provocation.”
To illustrate, here are those spectacular hammer-punches:
Maybe next time get Shane McMahon to teach the punches so they won’t come within a foot of actually making contact.