Grantland on the WWE's version of the Madden Curse:
Late the following year, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw came out. For this package, WWE made the slightly odd decision to put company owner Vince McMahon on the cover; if it were a canny means of avoiding the Curse, it didn’t work. On January 30, 2005, McMahon somehow tore both his quads while entering the ring during the Royal Rumble.