So Vince McMahon is a very odd duck, to say the least. He is narcissistic, and I think he'd have to be, to have envisioned combining all the wrestling territories under his company banner. But incredibly ambitious and brave too, because those old promoters wanted nothing to do with him, and there was talk amongst some of them of having him killed, back when the WWF was muscling in on their territory, competing for live shows and TV time.
He does run the WWE with an iron fist, and has the final say on everything. And I mean everything. He's known for rewriting entire scripts for Raw or Smackdown, just hours before they go live. He's insisted that he knows which stars should be at the top of the card, regardless of what the fans want (hence that booing of Roman Reigns). He's fired people before, for not doing as instructed on TV. He's famous for continuously yelling into the headsets of his on-screen announcers, telling them to say certain things.
But he's always there. He attends every TV show, every PPV and even every house show that the WWE puts on. His schedule, while not as physically active as the wrestlers' (any more. He did get in the ring on a number of occasions in the late 90s and early 2000s), involves even more travelling and reputedly barely any sleep.
There's a kind of mythos that has built up around him, and he has any number of bizarre eccentricities, from thinking sneezing is a sign of weakness to his honest-to-god fetish for muscular men, despite being married (and a known philanderer) with children. He also once suggested a storyline where it turned out he'd been sleeping with his daughter, and her pregnancy was with his baby. She said they would not be doing that storyline. I'm not kidding. Just google 'Vince McMahon crazy stories' and you'll be entertained for a long time.
But he gets credit from wrestlers because he has always been willing to go out there and be humiliated on screen. Those clips of him being beaten up by various people, of kissing Rikishi's giant ass, and more clips not shown (like him wetting himself in the middle of the ring) were all indicative of his belief that the show comes first. Before anyone's ego, before anyone's dignity, including his own.
And by most accounts, he's extremely approachable as a boss. If you want to talk to him about your character, your storyline or your opportunities, his door is always open. Sasha Banks was talking this week about how they only created a Tag Team Title for the Women's division because she and other female wrestlers pestered Vince directly for months.
He's also very forgiving, no matter what wrongs someone may have done (or be perceived to have done). Wrestlers can leave the company under all sorts of clouds, but Vince has usually been willing to give them another chance, somewhere down the line. Bret Hart is a good example. So Bret left the company for WCW in 1997, rather acrimoniously and less than two years later, his brother Owen died doing a stunt in the WWF ring. Bret supported Owen's widow in a lawsuit against the company, which she won, and he and Vince were famously hostile to each other. Bret felt he'd been betrayed over how he left the WWF, Vince felt Bret was the one in the wrong.
They didn't speak at all, for three more years. Then, in 2002 Bret had a stroke and was hospitalised. The first person who called him to wish him well and talk was Vince, and it was the beginning of a rapprochement that led to Bret and the WWE making amends.