The crowd lost it. Smoothing out his marshmallow-colored tie -- his hair still perfectly in place -- Trump strode away, leaving McMahon clutching his face. Of all his time in the WWE spotlight, he had never looked more in his element. Lawler howled into his commentator's mic: "The hostile takeover! Of Donald Trump! On Vince McMahon! Has happened! At WrestleMania! Twenty-three!"
Kenny McIntosh, a 31-year-old pro-wrestling fan who was in attendance, described the feeling in Ford Field at that moment as one of "sheer awe." This was Trump the disruptor. "I genuinely thought there was a 0% chance of Trump getting physically involved," he said.
As with everything else in the storyline, of course, this conclusion was predestined. "It was decided day one that someone was going to lose their hair, and it was never going to be Donald," said Bauer. "I don't think there was even a discussion. It was an idea that had been on Vince McMahon's mind for years, and he finally said, 'If I'm going to do it, this is the time to do it.'"