The identity of the individual behind the “Cranky Vince” Twitter account that parodies WWE chief Vince McMahon and has leaked confidential WWE information on occasion may have been revealed tonight as an employee within the sports-entertainment organization–John “Bradshaw” Layfield.
During Raw, both the WWE announcer and the parody account published the exact same message at 7:15 p.m. Central time: “THAT is how you start @wwe Raw! Wow! #RoadtoWrestlemania.”
The message was immediately deleted from the “Cranky Vince” account. However, a screen capture from Twitter user HEELWrestling retweeting both statements indicates that it was initially published on the “Cranky Vince” account.
Layfield has gone on Twitter tonight denying any involvement with the “Cranky Vince” account. Shortly after publishing a fan message stating, “This came from an iPhone. @CrankyVince tweet came from a web browser after this one. Obvious neckbeard trying to frame,” the WWE broadcaster wrote on Twitter, “No prob with anyone on twitter, but any claims or questions of me being someone else will get blocked immediately #notTrue.”
Layfield has in the past been accused by multiple additional parties of having ties to the account. Based on extensive research, Mister Saint Laurent of MLW Radio is convinced that the WWE announcer has posted messages as “Cranky Vince.” Former WWE and WCW competitor Konnan, who co-hosts the radio show with Laurent, has also vouched his claim. Last March, he stated on Twitter, “I agree with MSL..His work has been CSI meticulous..JBL u have been outed pardna.” Furthermore, a similar incident to today occurred last year as according to a writer for www.thepit-se.com, a sports and entertainment website, both accounts published the same message minutes, if not seconds, within each other. The message was quickly deleted from the “Cranky Vince” account.
The parody account is known for spoofing McMahon’s demeanor and mindset with random musings depicting the WWE Chairman as eccentric, maniacal and drug-addled. It has drawn concern from organization officials in recent years, who believed it was being controlled by an employee within proximity of McMahon due to the eerie nature of the tweets. The account would often post messages based on things he had legitimately done or said at work–sometimes moments after occurring.