WWE has partnered with Blumhouse Television to develop a new scripted television series, United States of America vs. Vince McMahon. The show will chronicle the wrestling mogul’s trial in the 1990s for allegedly giving WWE talent steroids.
In 1993, McMahon was indicted by the United States Department of Justice for illegal activity directly related to anabolic steroids. The charges against McMahon could have led to up to 11 years in prison and a $ 1.5 million fine. At the time, this cast a significant shadow of doubt over her entire company, even if he would be the one to guide her into the future.
Despite what seemed like a severe blow to his career and the future of the brand, McMahon emerged victorious in court. Following an 18-day trial in 1994, a Federal District Court jury cleared him of charges of conspiracy to distribute steroids to wrestlers under his charge. A particularly fascinating part of the series will be their portrayal of professional wrestlers who are called to the stage to give testimony. This includes Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, who testified that he used steroids and regularly purchased them from WWE headquarters, but also confirmed that McMahon never directed him to use them. Blumhouse TV President Chris McCumber had this to say about the upcoming series:
“We have a dramatic and fascinating saga, one that is crazier than fiction, that will appeal to all Blumhouse and WWE fans. To say that I am delighted to be collaborating with WWE again is an understatement.”
The series does not yet have an attached writer, but McMahon will executive produce the project alongside WWE’s head of global television distribution Kevin Dunn, McCumber, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum, and Jeremy Gold. According to the logline of the program, “With his freedom at stake, two school-age children at home and with WWE on the brink of bankruptcy, [McMahon] He refused to accept an agreement with the prosecution. Ultimately, McMahon was tried and unanimously acquitted by a jury of his peers and went on to build a multi-million dollar global sports entertainment empire. ”
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