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Bruce Prichard spoke with Sporting News on his thoughts about Roman Reigns and The Undertaker. Here are some of the highlights:

Roman Reigns:

“Roman Reigns has ‘it.’ Roman Reigns is going to be the guy. He’s got all the tools. Love him or hate him, they care about him. I have no problem with Roman Reigns being the next guy to take it to the next level because he’s a stud.”

The Undertaker’s first appearances:

“The crowd didn’t boo right away but they reacted. There was an air in the room that people were like ‘Oh my God, this is special. Look at that guy!’. He looked different. He walked different. How he worked his matches back then was different and that’s enough, especially in those days, that people took notice. He’s just a unique talent. He’s a unique man. He got it right from the beginning and he embraced that character and became the character.”

When the idea of breaking Undertaker’s streak began coming up:

“One day, Michael Hayes goes ‘Well, ‘Taker ain’t never lost at WrestleMania‘ and I’m like, ‘Really? That’s interesting. Well, maybe somebody should talk about beating the streak?’ I think Randy Orton [at WrestleMania 21] was really the first time we started making a big deal out of it because we had never planned it prior to that. Now we have something, we have something for someone to break. It’s almost like a championship, so let’s start talking about it a little bit, but it was never done by design in the beginning.”

Prichard also discussed how his podcast has become a full-time job. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.


Goldust’s first WrestleMania match of his career took place at WrestleMania 12 when he faced Roddy Piper in a Hollywood Backlot Brawl. But many don’t know he was originally supposed to face Razor Ramon in a Street Fight.

Goldust had defeated Razor at Royal Rumble in 1996 to win the Intercontinental Championship. The feud was supposed to culminate in a rematch for the title at WrestleMania 12.

Former WWE producer Bruce Prichard revealed on his Something To Wrestle podcast that Razor refused to work with Goldust, so Vince McMahon nixed the match completely.

“Razor Ramon didn’t want to work with Goldust so Vince [McMahon] said to just cut that match off,” Prichard said. “He didn’t want Razor to ruin WrestleMania. If Razor wasn’t into it he felt that he wasn’t going to give it his all, and them going out and invest all this money into a Street Fight then why do that if he isn’t going to build up the right way?”

The backstage plans were for Piper to originally work an angle with Gorilla Monsoon, but Prichard came up with a different idea. Prichard said Piper was gracious enough to step in and work with Goldust in a non-title match. Despite the last-minute change, he said they put on a great match.

“Roddy Piper would always credit me for bringing him back and coming up with this idea. It was an idea born out of necessity and not having anything else with him and with Goldust,” Prichard said. “The whole original idea of bringing Roddy Piper back at all was to do something different with Gorilla Monsoon and to have a WrestleMania moment for Roddy Piper. A lot of things lined up; the stars and the moon lined up and we were all elate, especially because whenever you think about letting Roddy or leaving Roddy to his own device things can sometimes get a little hokey and not exactly what you wanted. I thought everybody in that match was phenomenal.”


Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”


Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

Recently on Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, the professional wrestling veteran talked about ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase in great detail. Among other things, Prichard discussed ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship, including how it was made, misplacing the belt, and the title’s present whereabouts.

During the podcast, Prichard said that he loved the idea of ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship and that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s personal jeweler in Connecticut made the title.

“God, I’ve got to tell you, I loved the idea. It was… it fit DiBiase and I just loved the idea. What better way to display your wealth as ‘The Million Dollar Man’? Can’t win a championship, then buy it. And then, buy your own championship and he makes the rules and he keeps it by hook or by crook no matter what he does. But Terry Betteridge, Betteridge Jewelers on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut, if you have a s–tload of money to drop, go give Terry a visit! Tell him Bruce Prichard, Brother Love, sent you. But beautiful, beautiful jewelry shop and Terry Betteridge is a world-renowned jeweler. I want to say he’s a second-generation jeweler, as a matter of fact, but Terry used to bring jewelry to the office for Vince around Christmastime and s–t. When Vince would be shopping, that’s how he would Christmas shop. Terry would bring in jewelry and Vince would go, ‘I’ll take that and that and that and that.'”

Much like the Stonehenge prop in This Is Spinal Tap, ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship was undersized and comically inappropriate for its intended purpose. In Prichard’s view the belt in its original form appeared more fitting for Elvis Presley than a professional wrestling champion.

“So they drew up this ‘Million Dollar’ belt and Terry was going to make it for us and DiBiase and I went to go shoot the initial vignette that [podcast co-host Conrad Thompson] just mentioned, when he went in to order the belt. And Terry is bragging about how he has started this beautiful belt and how great it’s going to be. ‘It’s 18-karat gold and it has got diamonds in it and it’s this beautiful thing’ and then he shows it to us and we look at each other like ‘ruh roh’ because you’ve seen ‘The Million Dollar’ belt and all of our listeners have seen the belt. Well, if you look at not the middle plate, the big ‘$’ in diamonds, or the two side plates right next to it that are smaller ‘$’s with diamonds, but if you look at the little ‘$’s along the edge that kind of work as the wraparound of the belt, well, that was the size of the middle plate. The little side plates, that size, is how big Terry had made the center piece. And we were like, ‘oh, s–t! This isn’t going to work!’ Because it kind of looked like one of those belts Elvis would wear on his [Las] Vegas show when he got into the white leather. And [I] immediately called Vince to say, ‘hey man, this isn’t going to work’ and we got Terry on the phone and we brought – I forget which belt we brought over – it was either one of the WWF Championship belts or an Intercontinental, but just to give him a size reference because he had no frame of reference because he’s thinking ‘belt’ and he’s thinking ‘grandiose’, so he’s thinking Elvis’ big belt buckle, like that. So we had to push the debut date of ‘The Million Dollar’ belt back a few weeks to allow him to make the three center pieces much, much larger and there were actual diamonds in that belt.”

Prichard shared that the cape worn by DiBiase in the third vignette introducing ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship belonged to Vince McMahon.

“I saw Vince had this cape and so I borrowed this cape and thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if you, like, threw the cape over your shoulder?’ and, s–t, he had a cape! It just worked! He’s ‘The Million Dollar Man’!”

Prichard added, “it was [Vince McMahon’s personal cape], yeah. Vince also had that full-length, it wasn’t mink, not the full-length fur coat that DiBiase wore in the vignettes and s–t. That was Vince’s too, yeah. Doesn’t every millionaire have a cape? I don’t know, man. I’m not a millionaire. I don’t own a cape, but I thought every millionaire had a cape, so ‘The Million Dollar Man’ should have a cape.”

Prichard shared that ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship had real diamonds on the back, set in the leather and that the belt cost nearly $50,000.

“Yeah, the real diamonds are on the back, set in the leather on the back. Yes [there is leather on the back], brown leather. It cost a lot of money. I’m not going to tell you the figure. It cost a lot. I want to say it was close to $50,000.”

Also during the podcast, Prichard told a story about a time where he and DiBiase lost ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship. As the story goes, they left it in a car while they had dinner and later found that the car had been broken into.

“We had been in maybe Hartford, Connecticut, maybe Providence [Rhode Island], and we finished up there, this is we, me and Ted DiBiase, and we were heading to Boston [Massachusetts]. It was probably Providence because we were going to Boston to fly out. He was going to fly out from Boston and I was going back to Connecticut, so wherever we were. So anyway, we get to Boston and we’re in a Ford Bronco, so we have our bags in the back of the Bronco. We go to Chinatown and we go to our favorite little restaurant in Chinatown and we have some great food and a lot adult beverages and we come out and it’s about 2 o’clock in the morning. And we’re walking down a side street, we had been parked on the street.”

Prichard continued, “we look and the side window had been busted open on the Bronco. It’s bashed in. There’s broken glass all over the ground. And we look, and we go, ‘oh s–t!’ We open up the door, we look, and our bags are gone. Someone ripped us off.”

Apparently, everything inside the vehicle was stolen except for Prichard’s briefcase and DiBiase feared that ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship was gone as well.

“We start going through the car and s–t and Ted looks at me and says, ‘hey man, the belt’s not here.’ The belt was carried in a separate gold Halliburton everywhere we went. And we’re going through there and the only thing they left in the car was my briefcase, which had kind of been in the back on the floor. But they stole my garment bag, they stole his garment bag, they stole his briefcase, and they stole all of his s–t. And we’re like, ‘motherf–ker, somebody stole ‘The Million Dollar’ belt.'”

Prichard took on the unfortunate business of waking McMahon to tell him that the title was missing.

“We called the cops. The cops come out and make a report. And I said [to DiBiase], ‘well, you’ve got to call Vince.’ ‘Why do I got to call him? You call him.’ ‘Hey, motherf–ker, it’s not my belt!’ But I end up, there’s a little payphone there and it’s now 2:30, 3 o’clock, 3:15 in the morning and I make that call. ‘Hello?’ ‘Hey Vince, this is Bruce.’ ‘Yeah, pal. What’s up?’ ‘Well, I’m here with Ted and we were on our way to Boston and we stopped and got something to eat and somebody broke into our car and it seems that somebody stole ‘The Million Dollar’ belt.’ ‘What the f–k do you want me do do about it?’ ‘Well, I guess, nothing, but I wanted to make you aware of it. Ted lost the belt.’ And he’s like, ‘Goddamnit, there’s nothing I can do about it! Call the f–king news! Make some Goddamn noise! Wake somebody up!’, which I had already done by waking him up, so long story short, we get to the Hilton there, Boston [Logan International] Airport and we check in and we start calling people. We were looking for Virgil because Virgil usually was pretty good about grabbing the belt. And as I started doing my investigative work, I’m going, like, ‘Ted, s–t, man, are you sure you had the belt?’ He’s like, ‘yeah, I’m pretty sure I had it because Virgil, we weren’t riding together and I’m responsible for the Goddamn thing.’ And we can’t get Virgil to answer his phone in his room.”

Prichard and DiBiase later found out that Virgil had the belt all along.

“Well, lo and behold, we later found out, in the morning, that when they were going to the airport, Virgil did have the belt. And I woke Vince up at 3 o’clock in the morning on a false alarm and I let Ted make the next call to him to let him know that we found the belt and it was a mistake and all that other good s–t. But it was a weird night in Chinatown in Boston.”

Prichard professed that ‘The Million Dollar’ Championship went missing after DiBiase left WWE, and he does not know whether the title was ever recovered.

“I don’t know if they got it back or not, but I know that when Teddy left, he gave the belt to a member of the ring crew and sometime after that, because it was an expensive belt, Linda called Ted and asked him to please send the belt back. Ted said, ‘I do not have the belt. I gave it to someone on the ring crew to take back with them to Stamford [Connecticut].’ ‘s–t, well, who’d you give it to?’ I don’t know if he knew the name or what, but they did some investigating and couldn’t find the Goddamn belt! So she called Ted again. She goes, ‘Teddy, I don’t mean to be… but it’s an expensive belt, you were the last one to be seen with it, we really need you to send it back if you have it.’ And Teddy was adamant that he didn’t have it and that he had given it to the ring crew. So I don’t know if they ever found it or not. I know Ted has told me in private that he did not have it. He had told me the same story. He [has] never wavered on his story and I believe him because Ted is not the type of guy to do that, especially if he was asked. He would’ve given it back if he had it. Maybe they did find it. Maybe it’s in a safe. I don’t really know, to be honest with you.”


It was one of wrestling’s most infamous storylines of all time. Who was the ‘Higher Power’ that The Undertaker and his Ministry Of Darkness were taking orders from during their feud with Vince McMahon?

After months of a strong build up it was revealed to be…. Vince McMahon, swerving his rival Stone Cold Steve Austin. For years, fans have regularly cited the reveal as a missed opportunity and a bit of a letdown. In the build-up to it, everything from Jake “The Snake” Roberts to Shawn Michaels were rumoured in 1999 to be the person pulling The Undertaker’s strings but one intriguing and unusual name has emerged in recent times.

Former longtime WWE agent Bruce ‘Brother Love’ Prichard has revealed on his latest podcast that then future TNA and Ring Of Honor star ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels was pitched to McMahon as the ‘Higher Power’.

This backs-up a claim that former WWE creative wrier Ed Ferrera made last year that he was the one who pitched Daniels to management.

At the time Daniels had not been signed to a contract but was working a lot of big independent shows and was already portraying his evil priest gimmick, ‘The Fallen Angel’. The character had caught Ferrera’s attention and Prichard believed this new young talented performer with this great gimmick would be the perfect fit for the reveal. Prichard revealed Vince McMahon took one look at Daniels and said, “Nah.” and that he did not like his size.