There are few power players of The Attitude Era quite like Stephanie McMahon, who transformed from doe-eyed ingénue to cold-hearted manipulator in the blink of an eye in December 1999 when she married Triple H to lay the foundation for The McMahon-Helmsley Regime. The group, comprised of D-Generation X and remnants of The Corporation, ran roughshod over WWE throughout much of 2000, targeting The Rock, Mick Foley, the Hardys, Kane and anyone else who opposed its rule.
With the help of her McMahon-Helmsley compatriots, “The Billion Dollar Princess” captured the Women’s Championship from Jacqueline on the March 28, 2000, edition of SmackDown. Lita would put an end to Stephanie’s title reign and the regime dissolved in late 2000, but Mr. McMahon’s only daughter never lost her thirst for absolute authority. Colluding with her brother Shane, Stephanie helped orchestrate yet another companywide takeover, forming a massive coalition of WCW and ECW competitors known as The Alliance.
Business savvy, a taste for power and a tendency to mix it up in the ring now and then? Well, you know what they say about apples and trees.