Former WWE superstar Mordecai, or better known by his other alias; Kevin Thorne, recently spoke with Sports Illustrated & told the story of how his gimmick was going to be the next big thing, missing out on the opportunity to go huge with this character & how it came about.
Here’s what the man himself had to say:
“Mordecai would have been Bray Wyatt before Bray Wyatt, but thirteen years ago today is the last time Mordecai was seen on WWE programming. I had the world by the balls, Mordecai had the sign of approval from God himself, Vince McMahon.”
“I sat in front of Vince with Stephanie McMahon on one side and Johnny Laurinaitis on the other. Vince took off his glasses and looked up from his notebook, then started staring right through me. Now when the devil is looking right at you, you look right back; eye to eye, I had a stare down with Vince McMahon. Vince told me, ‘I don’t need tag teams, I need singles stars. What can do you do?’”
“I told Vince my idea of a religious zealot who was enraged by sin. I laid out my idea of long coats and a cross, almost Pope-ish and even vignettes with a confessional where I punch through the confessional booth and choke out the sinner. Vince’s eyes blew up and he looked at me and said, ‘Holy s**t.’ Laurinaitis grabbed me when I walked out and said, ‘Son, you’re about to make a million dollars.’”
The Following Day:
“Vince watched me as I stoically said, ‘Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. Vince loved it and he immediately got ‘Taker and they both watched me. ‘Taker gave me a nod, which meant I did something great and this led to the point where Vince was going to play God and I was casting judgment upon all of WWE. It was supposed to be me and ‘Taker at WrestleMania 21. This was going to be even more unique because the cowboy dressed all in black was the good guy and the guy in white was evil. We would have built that up throughout the whole year, which would also have allowed ‘Taker some time for a smoke-and-mirrors angle so he could rest the wear and tear on his body.”
“I was on my way to stardom, right up until I got in a fight at a bar in Louisville, Kentucky. That led to a lawsuit and Vince was so mad that I screwed up and ruined his vision. I was a dumb young kid, I wasn’t ready for that role. The past is what makes the future and you have to live with it, but it would have been incredibly awesome. I’ll always remember what could have been. I could still go back someday and I’m a lot more prepared now than I was then.”