Bruce Prichard Discusses The Rumor WWE Fired Him For Pulling Gun On Writers


Bruce Prichard talked about his tenures with WWE on his latest episode of his Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard podcast. You can see some of the highlights (h/t to Wrestling Inc) below:

On his first WWE termination in 1991: “Yeah, because the executive producer, the reason I got fired the first time, the guy I couldn’t work with was still there, John Filippelli. Well, I didn’t know it at the time, but Filippelli was on his way out. I didn’t know that at the time, but [limiting my interactions to only Vince McMahon, Pat Patterson, and talent] was also Vince’s way of insulating me and protecting me. So I had heat with everybody at the studio too, allegedly too, everybody hated me there. Yeah, I was a dick, and so he was going to insulate that and protect me from that, protect me from myself, if you will.”

On his difficulties with Stephanie McMahon: “When Stephanie went away and had her first child, there was a time that either Vince or Stephanie had to approve everything that we did, whether it be pretapes in the back, or if you wrote something, or if you produced something, they would approve it. As time went on and Stephanie had her first child, that became Bruce and Bruce was the guy that would approve things and Bruce is the guy that would look at it. I hated approving scripts because that’s just not my bag. But for pretapes and interviews, and working with talent, that was my forte and guys would come to me to get it approved and Vince kind of gave me carte blanche. When Stephanie came back after her first child, she took over those duties again and when she had her second child, she went away again and again it was Bruce, so the writers, the producers, the talent, I think everyone got comfortable with Bruce because I wasn’t a McMahon…I think when Steph came back from her second child, people had a comfort with me there, I think Vince had a comfort with me there, but that was Stephanie’s role. And instead of people going to Steph for approval and going to Steph to have things done, they came to me because that’s what they had done for the last three months, including her father. So when she came back and people were bypassing her, that became an issue.”

On being miserable at the time: “It was a tough place to be. I was between a rock and a hard place because it wasn’t just the other writers and other producers. It was also her dad and Vince would lean on me and ask me questions and ask for input from me that I would give him because that’s what I had done for 22-plus years. But there was a feeling by directly giving my input to Vince that I was going over her head, so it was just an awkward situation and I don’t know that I did anything to try and help and improve that…could I have made the situation better? Yes, I could’ve, but I didn’t and I fell into a trap, man. I fell into a trap where it put Stephanie in a bad position. It put me in a bad position to where, guess what? One of us had to go because we were both doing the same thing. I was unhappy. I was miserable on the road. I was miserable on these marathon phone calls. I let it be known that I was miserable.”

On being let go at that time: “With Steph, if you disagreed with her, I think, sometimes, she took it as being insubordinate…I understood the decision, man. I wasn’t the most cooperative, and hindsight being 20/20, on dealing with Vince, I don’t know how I could have done that differently, I really and truly don’t and I’ve tried, but maybe I could’ve dealt with Steph differently. I think I could’ve dealt with her differently and kind of massaged that situation better.”

On the rumor that he was fired for pulling a gun on writers: “Yeah, Bruce had a gun. It was Hurricane Ike. We left our home in League City, Texas and we had a gun in the house and we were told to evacuate, so I took the gun with me. People knew I had the gun and stories kind of go from there, so the story gets back that Bruce pulled a gun an that was one thing Stephanie asked me. I told her the story, and we talked about other things, we disagreed. She says, ‘Well, I’m going to ask you to leave’…She said, ‘I can’t believe you brought a gun to work.’ I said, ‘okay, sorry. I f–ked up.’ But a week later was the next time we talked.”

On talent reaching out to him after that: “Kevin Dunn called. Brian Gewirtz called. And a lot of talent called. John Cena reached out, but that’s all I feel comfortable mentioning…Cena was like, ‘what the f–k? Love you. If you need anything, give me a call.’ Taker, I talked to Taker. Obviously, Bradshaw, but a few other talent. I can’t really remember off the top of my head.”

On the official reason for his firing: “Frankly, there was no official reason [for the termination] other than I was just terminated and I let my attorney deal with them. There was never any official reason given other than I was terminated. I had my severance package laid out. I would rate my severance package good and fair.”

On whether the gun situation was used to justify his release: “Well, I believe that narrative exists, but, again, I’m not big on narrative and bulls**t though. To me, that’s what it is. It’s bulls**t and at this point in my life, I don’t give a f**k and I don’t care whatever anyone else’s narrative is, whatever anyone else wants to think, or what they want to say because I’ve moved on with my life and I just have the attitude of ‘next’. So yeah, I’m sure that narrative exists. I’m sure that narrative is out there, but I don’t care. I really don’t care anymore. I don’t. I don’t give a f**k.”

On being on good terms with Stephanie now: “I was looking for a job after I left TNA and I talked to Stephanie then, but it was all friendly. It was all fine. No [she did not give him the cold shoulder]. She spoke to me, but you’d have to ask them that question [why he wasn’t hired after leaving TNA in 2013]. [She said] ‘we don’t have anything for you.’”

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