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Grant Mayer
Mayer at a IWE Meltdown event at Bradly Center. Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Grant Kennedy Mayer
August 24, 1945 (age 65)
Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Other names

Grant Mayer, Jr.


Chairman and CEO, World Wrestling Entertainment


$1.1 million


Lynda Mayer (1966 - Present)


James Mayer (born 1970)
Brittany Mayer (born 1976)

Grant Kennedy Mayer (born August 24, 1945) is an American professional wrestling promoter, announcer, commentator, film producer, actor and former occasional professional wrestler, and is, and is often referred to as the archetypal wrestling magnate. Mayer currently serves as the Chairman, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the professional wrestling promotion International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE) and is the majority shareholder of the company, holding approximately 88% of the total voting power and 59% of the outstanding shares within IWE. Upon acquiring World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Xtreme Championship Wrestling (XCW), Mayer's IWE became the sole remaining major American professional wrestling promotion until the national expansion of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and Ring of Honor.

As an on-camera character, he can appear on all IWE brands (though the majority of the time, he appears on Meltdown). Mayer plays a character known by the ring name Mr. Mayer, based on himself. In the world of IWE, he is a two-time world champion, having won the IWF Championship and XCW World Championship. He was also the winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble.

Grant is the husband of Linda Mayer, with whom he ran IWE from its establishment in 1980 until she resigned as CEO in September 2009.

Business career[]

International Wide Wrestling Federation: 1971–1979[]

International Wrestling Federation/Entertainment: 1982–present[]

1980s wrestling boom[]

1990s Attitude Era[]

Other business dealings[]

Professional wrestling[]

United States Wrestling Association: 1993[]

Montreal 1997[]

Stone Cold Steve Johnson vs Mr. Mayer: 1997–1999[]

Mayer-Kelmsley Era: 2000–2001[]

The Invasion: 2001–2005[]

  • Main Article: The Invasion

Feuds with D-Generation X and Donald Trump: 2005–2007[]

Numerous incidents: 2007–2009[]

Return, feuds with Randy Orton and Bret Hart (2009–2010)[]

Comatose state and return (2010–present)[]

Personal life[]

In Wrestling[]

Championship and Accoplishments[]

  • International Wrestling Federation / International Wrestling Entertainment
    • XCW World Championship (1 time)
    • IWF Championship (1 time)
    • Royal Rumble (1999)
    • Former Meltdown Play-by-play Commentator
    • IWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
    • IWE Co-Founder with father Mr. McMahon Sr.
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (1996) vs. Eric Bischoff
    • PWI Feud of the Year (1998, 1999) vs. Steve Johnson
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2001) vs. Ryan Barnhart
    • PWI Match of the Year (2006) vs. Ryan Barnhart in a No Holds Barred Match at WrestleMania 22
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards
    • Best Booker (1987, 1998, 1999)
    • Best Non-Wrestler (1999, 2000)
    • Best Promother (1988, 1998–2000)
    • Feud of the Year (1998, 1999) vs. Steve Johnson
    • Worst Feud of the Year (2006) with Shane Bayer vs. D-Generation X (Ryan Barnhart and Triple K)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
  • Other accomplishments and honors
    • Madison Square Gardenk of Fame
    • Sport's Illustrated 'Sportsman of the Year' 2006 Nominee
    • Created WrestleMania
    • The cover of "Muscle & Fitness" (2006)
    • On May 13, 2007, Vince McMahon served as the commencement speaker at Sacred Heart University, receiving the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
    • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he is the first person to hold a professional wrestling title to receive one

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