Posts Tagged ‘Vince McMahon’

Source: The Ringer

Paul Heyman spoke with The Ringer on his career in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Staying relevant in pro wrestling:

“Tell me somebody who was in the NWA who was relevant then and relevant now. Sting’s not. Lex Luger’s not. It’s Ric Flair and Paul Heyman. Tell me someone from that entire era who is relevant today. Vince McMahon. Jerry Lawler. And of all those people that I’ve named, how many of them are in a prominent position on television today? The only one is me. So, how? The manner in which you were treated behind the scenes did not promote longevity. You were going to be used up and spit out. And here I am as the advocate of the number-one attraction, the highest-paid commodity, the top champion on the flagship show in the company that owns 99 percent of the market share. Obviously whatever I was doing back then, that people perceived as career suicide, gave me the ability to survive long enough to have a longevity that no one else enjoys.”

Being the number one believer in ECW:

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

Working with others in WWE aside from Brock Lesnar:

“As long as Brock is in WWE. I don’t think it makes sense to work with someone else.”

Managing The Undertaker (before he was The Deadman) in 1990:

“[He was] shockingly mature for someone so new to the industry.”

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Before Steve Austin was Stone Cold, he was known as The Ringmaster and he was managed by Ted DiBiase. In an interview with Andy Malnoske of Wrestling Inc., DiBiase discussed his experience working with one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time.

Austin was introduced as The Ringmaster in 1996 and he became the Million Dollar Champion and began wearing DiBiase’s trademark gold belt. DiBiase, whose documentary The Price Of Fame will be released on Nov. 7, said he first got the inkling to be a manager after his in-ring career had ended and he had a successful stint doing commentary.

“When I came back, Vince wanted me to do color commentary with him at the Royal Rumble and I did that he said , ‘You know what? First time out you did a pretty good job.’ And I told him, ‘I’d like to give it a go, if you’d like me to come back in a managing role, I’m more than open to it,'” DiBiase said. “And that’s what he did, he put Steve with me. Of course back then we called it ‘the rub,’ when you have a guy coming up, you see the talent and you ‘rub’ him up with somebody that’s red-hot or has been big to elevate him. That’s what that was for.”

DiBiase said he immediately saw Austin’s talent but never expected him to become the phenomenon he was. He was the face of the Attitude Era and his popularity brought the WWE to new heights.

“I saw Steve’s talent, buy I don’t think anybody envisioned that he would become the icon that he has,” DiBiase said. “Just a stellar career, unbelievable.”

As Austin’s manager, DiBiase was his mouthpiece and handled most of his promo work. When he was given the opportunity, Austin eventually grew into the one of the best talkers ever to get on the mic. DiBiase said he always believed Austin would eventually get over.

“I did a lot of talking for him but as he went along, he just blossomed, it just became natural. I remember there were a lot of agents at the time telling that were telling him, in terms of what he was doing in the ring, something like, ‘You need to do more,'” DiBiase said. “And I said, ‘You know what Steve? Here’s my advice. Don’t change anything, because you come across very real. It may take you a little longer to get over, but once you’re over, you’re over, and then you can do whatever you want.’ And that’s exactly what he did.”

You can check out the full interview in the video above. Dibiase’s new documentary, The Price Of Fame, will be released on November 7th. The film centers around DiBiase’s redemption and faith.

Source: E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness

As previously noted, Dustin Runnels, aka Dustin Rhodes, aka Goldust, was a guest on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness. Among many other things, Goldust talked about working with the late great ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and their memorable Hollywood Backlot Brawl from WrestleMania 12.

Coming off of his feud with Razor Ramon, and dealing with an opponent in Scott Hall who was against the Goldust character, Goldust was relieved to work Piper next, as ‘Hot Rod’ was “very cool” about their angle. Moreover, Goldust got the opportunity to get closer to Piper from working together.

“That’s where I really got to know Roddy and kind of get close to him. And, man, he was gung-ho and ready to go. I didn’t really find out until the TV, I think, when [WWE personnel] came up to me and said, ‘you’re flying to L.A. with Vince [McMahon] and Bruce [Prichard] and Roddy after our TV.’ And I’m like, ‘okay, what are we doing?’ I don’t have any idea what I’m doing, so I was going to go shoot this backlot brawl with Roddy Piper. I was like, ‘wow, this is pretty awesome.’ Yeah, I was just like a kid in a candy store, man and it was very cool.”

Long before there was a Broken Matt or a cult compound match, shattered dreams were produced in a Hollywood backlot. While WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was against color in the Hollywood Backlot Brawl, Goldust was determined to bleed in the match, so he asked Piper to split him open hard way. Piper broke his hand on Goldust’s head trying to open up ‘The Bizarre One’.

“I was really wanting to get some juice back then, really badly. Vince did not want it, so I asked Roddy to open me up the hard way. And that was my way of, ‘okay, Goddang it! I’m going to do bleed whether you like it or not because I want to blade. It gets you into it more. And so [Piper] slammed me up on the hood [of the car]. That’s the only thing I told Roddy about this whole thing: ‘please, hit me. Bust me open.’ And you’d think that Roddy being in the [professional wrestling] business for has long as he had, he would know how to do that, right? So he put me on the hood, and he mounts me, and I’m ready for it, man. He’s looking straight at me and he throws his fist straight down, but he hits me square in the forehead and I mean hard. It’s like a brick hitting cement. And I’m just like, ‘what the hell?’ And still in my head, ‘ah, nothing, man.’ He’s still beating me up. ‘Do it again!’ He reaches up and he drills me again and you hear a crack and it’s his hand that breaks on my head.”

Apparently, the brawl was to conclude with Goldust speeding away in his golden Cadillac and Piper narrowly escaping getting run down. Somehow, Goldust managed to hit Piper’s knees with the car.

“I started revving up the car and I’m looking at Roddy and he’s probably a good 20 feet away, so I put it in park and I start to drive. I speed up just a little bit and I’m looking dead at him and I’m thinking, ‘please, dear God, move.’ He doesn’t move. He doesn’t move and his knees hit and it just buckled the whole car. It was gross sounding.”

Goldust recalled, “his knees too, man. I mean, when I watch it back, his fist on my head, you can see it and hear it. You’re not really seeing it or hearing it while it’s happening, but I remember his knees specifically hitting the front of that hood of the car, man, buckling. And I was like, ‘ooh, man. That sounded terrible. I just killed Roddy Piper!'”

Additionally, Goldust divulged that Vince McMahon took him and Piper to the hospital after the match.

“Vince took us both to the hospital. He had his hand fixed. I had a concussion. One take. One take.” Goldust added, “I went into that dumpster hard too, but I was fine. It was more Roddy’s hand than anything. And Roddy’s tough, man. They didn’t have a cast on his hand. I don’t think. I can’t recall that. He just tapes. That’s the way they did it back then. Those old school guys, they just tape up and go, man.”

Source: Pancakes and Powerslams Show

Justin Gabriel was recently a guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show to discuss his recovery from a base jumping injury as well as his time working in WWE and more.

Gabriel currently works in Lucha Underground as PJ Black. He started out in Florida Championship Wrestling in 208 and debuted on the main roster as part of The Nexus in 2010. The faction made an immediate impact by attacking John Cena, CM Punk and other WWE personnel. The group also turned its attention to Vince McMahon, in which Gabriel had to deliver his patented 450 splash to the chairman. Gabriel admits that he was somewhat nervous to do the move on McMahon, who was 64 years old at the time.

“[I was] a little bit nervous. I’ve done it a million times. It was one of the first moves I learned, [and] I’ve been doing it for so long that I don’t even think about it. That day, standing up there, I kind of thought about it a little bit,” Gabriel said. “People don’t understand how big Vince is, he’s very wide. That age, you can tell he’s a bodybuilder and he’s worked out his whole life. I never really messed that move up except for once in my life.”

Gabriel said that he executed the splash perfectly, but he ended up taking most of the damage. He said McMahon didn’t suffer any damage because of how much he’s in shape and he even thanked him in the locker room.

“This day, I didn’t mess it up, but I got winded so bad because he’s so thick, I didn’t realize,” Gabriel said. “And he was fine. He thanked me afterwards, and he was like, ‘That was great.'”

Black also talked about the Corre being a “knock-off group,” information on the new season of Lucha Underground, the Nexus losing to Team WWE at SummerSlam, and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Vince McMahon apparently wasn’t too fond of Ryback’s physique during his time with WWE.

On a recent episode of Colt Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast, Ryback (real name Ryan Allen Reeves) revealed his signature singlet look was the result of McMahon thinking he was overweight.

“It’s funny because (Vince) was the one that put me in a singlet because he thought I was fat at one point. I have never been fat at any point in my career but this was a real thing,” Ryback said, as transcribed by Doric Sam of Wrestling Inc. “Word had gotten back to me that I needed to lose 30 pounds, and this was right before I debuted as Ryback. I was in trunks, but they put me in a black singlet, which made me look like a black Big Show.

“I thought to myself that I had to do something with this, so I got a hold of RVD and asked him if It was cool that I airbrushed my singlet because I had to do something. I had done this the week before and everybody was like, oh that looks good, so I thought, OK, this is going to work.”

WWE eventually tried to get Ryback to ditch the singlet for trunks, which he refused to do. He left the company in 2016.

“I responded back that it wasn’t happening, and that he can talk to me if he wants to, but I’m wearing my singlet,” he said. “I’m in control, I’m not wearing trunks. So, afterwards I started not to trust anything that was going on.”

Source: All Things Wrestling Radio

At SummerSlam in August, Cesaro famously ran into the crowd at the Barclays Center to intercept a beach ball and completely destroy it. He recently spoke to All Things Wrestling Radio about the incident and expressed no regrets.

During the Cesaro and Sheamus’ match against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins RAW Tag Team Championship, a beach ball began bouncing around in the crowd before Cesaro’s frustration boiled over. And rightfully so, because he was part of one of the better matches on the SummerSlam card. Cesaro said he stands by what he did because he believes his performance in the ring is what should capture the audience’s attention.

“It’s Summerslam…arguably the second biggest pay-per-view of the year,” he said. “Myself and Sheamus are out there against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins for the WWE Tag Team Championships. We poured our hearts into this match and I look out and see some schmucks playing with a beach ball. So I decided to put an end to that because if I’m in the ring, that’s the most exciting thing to watch.”

Fans have clamored for Cesaro to get a solid push in the WWE. He is one of the most talented in-ring performers on the entire roster and has shown the ability to put on incredible performances if he’s given the chance. He felt disrespected when he saw the beach ball in the crowd.

“The fans say ‘Cesaro is underappreciated’…and you have a hell of a match and they do something like that,” Cesaro said. “So that’s just disrespectful and I put a stop to that. Not on my watch.”

Cesaro also commented on Vince McMahon’s famous “brass ring” comments from 2014 in which he claimed Cesaro wasn’t connecting with audiences. Cesaro said he used those comments as motivation to be better. Since then, he’s been regularly involved in high-profile programs and has won the RAW tag titles multiple times.

“I was actually listening to it on the drive to the next city…I was not very happy about it to say the least because I couldn’t disagree more,” Cesaro said. “The next day I walked into his office and said ‘challenge accepted.’ That’s how I deal with things – head on…I’d like to say I’ve been doing pretty good so far.”

Source: Al Arabiya English

Sting spoke with Al Arabiya English while promoting WWE 2K18 and to talk about his career. Here are some of the highlights:

If his relationship with Vince McMahon is better now than in the past:

“Absolutely. In the early years I always felt that he wanted me to undermine WCW as the number one reason. The number two reason was to have me on his roster. I didn’t want it to be that way. Maybe I was wrong. Then in later years, when I made a phone call and said, hey have you turned the page? The rest is history. He’s just treated me fantastic, every step of the way. Really, everybody has.”

WWE using WCW PPVs names more frequently now:

“Yeah it’s funny too. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word ‘reconciled’ used, but that’s a good word. When you said ‘reconciled’ I instantly thought of the match I had with HHH at Levi Stadium at WrestleMania in California with the NWO and D-Generation X. Everybody in the ring at the same time, on the same night—that’s something that no one in the world ever believed could happen and it happened. In a sense it was almost a reconciliation that happened that night.”

Conversation he had with The Undertaker about a potential match:

“We’ve had a brief conversation, and I just told him, I said, ‘Man, I just always wanted to have that match.’ It wasn’t necessarily reciprocated so I’m not sure where he stands or if he had any interest at all, to be quite honest. But I did. I don’t mind saying.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.