OK all you wrestling fans (and I put myself in this category having just watched Wrestle-Mania 26), I'm going to tell you a true story about the life of the Chairman Vince McMahon. But of course I tell it like no-one else, because I use the all new and all different 'Life Cycles' analysis, which primarily looks at what happens in a person's 'Revolution Years'. That is every 12 years, which means the ages of 12,24,36,48 and 60 (in Vince's case). I am saying there is an upheaval in your life every 12 years and that it ushers in a new era and that you are not fully in control of events. I just use biographical facts so this isn't a belief system. You just have to read it, whether you like it or not, is of course up to you.
So let's begin at the beginning. Vince was raised in a trailer park and had a string of step-fathers until, at the age of 12, he met his real father Vincent J McMahon, who of course was the founder of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (now the WWE). This was to be the beginning of his life-long love of wrestling promotion. He often accompanied his father on trips to Madison Square Garden. This is his first revolution. Can you see how fateful it was and how the upheaval ushered in a new era. He's pinned once.
What next at 24? Vince had just graduated with a business degree and had a nondescript job as a salesman, but of course he wanted to follow his father into the wrestling business. Vince Senior was not too thrilled by this, but at 24 he got his first job as an in-ring announcer for WWF's All Star Wrestling. His career had begun and there was another upheaval and new era in his life. He's pinned twice.
Now for many people it's the mid-life 'age 36 revolution', that is most important in career and life terms. Mind you it's still just another upheaval, but it can form what I have termed a "Bursting On The Scene" event. Now this is the theory, but did it happen this way for Vince? I'll bet if I asked him to tell me, he'd say it was undoubtedly his biggest year. Why so? Vince wanted to prove himself worthy of being his father's successor so in 1979 he purchased the Cape Cod Coliseum, which left him considerably in debt. A little while later Vince Senior was in poor health, but he and his partners were not inclined to sell the WWF out to Vince, as they reckoned he couldn't afford it. Vince devised a cunning plot to tell them that he had a string of wealthy backers who were going to bankroll him. Of course what he and his wife Linda were doing was taking out as many loans with as many banks as they could. The deal passed in mid-1982 when Vince was still 36. Never a more career-defining moment that ushered in a new era. He had "Burst Upon The Scene" and was full of ideas about how to take this regional company nationwide and then global. He's pinned three times. I don't know if you know this but old-school wrestlers will use a full five count, not the modern three count and I'm about to do the same.
So what next at 48? No fake wrestling plots here, this is real life. Often for many people the scene is altered or left altogether at the next Revolution Year of 48. What happened to Vince that was life altering? The wrestling business was in a decline, when 48 year old Vince McMahon was indicted on illegally distributing steroids to wrestlers starting in the 1980's. If convicted he faced an 8 year prison term and a $500,000 fine. During the trial he named his wife as CEO of the WWF. He was acquitted of all charges, but did admit to personally using steroids. Certainly an upheaval by any standards. It definitely ushered in a new era and Vince was not fully in control of the outcome. Yes it meets every criteria. He's pinned for a fourth time.
Surely this is enough. Well let's just have a look at age 60 quickly shall we? Was there any more upheaval and was there a possible continuation of these themes. The record shows that the wrestler Eddie Guerrero died in November 2005 and was subsequently reported in Sports Illustrated for steroid usage (along with other wrestlers). This no doubt sent shivers up Vince McMahon's spine, for early in 2006 the WWE instituted a 'Wellness Program', whereby all their wrestlers were to be regularly checked for steroids. In Feb. 2006 Vince McMahon was also accused of sexual harassment by a worker in a Florida 'tanning bar'. At first there was denial based on the time of the incident, but this was later changed. Once again charges were dropped. So was there not upheaval again? Were the themes of legal controversy and steroid use not perpetuated? I'd say he's pinned for a fifth and final time.
Now let's just quickly examine the odds of me being correct. I have basically a 1 in 12 chance of being able to show evidence of an upheaval during a 'revolution year'. With public identities it's much easier because so much more of their lives gets reported. Still I've only got this meager framework to support me. If I pinned Vince McMahon's 'revolution years' five times consecutively then it's a 12 to the power of 5 chance of being correct by guesswork. So what is that? Well I'm told that's 1 in 248,832. That's higher than the chances of getting dealt a royal flush in spades in a 5 card game of poker. Now what do you want to accept:- this sort of statistical result or some ephemeral concept that says stars and constellations and numbers and 'unseen forces in the universe' explain real life? You be the judge.