​Freddie Prinze Jr. Says Vince McMahon Really Does Know Best, Talks Pushes, More


During a recent interview with the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Freddie Prinze Jr. discussed his time on the WWE creative team, Vince McMahon and more. Here are some highlights:

On smaller guys not getting top runs: “I want you to believe in the indy guys and the guys coming [from NXT], but just remember only certain guys get to hold the title. Oh, you’ve got to be the right type. The small guys, their story is climbing the mountain. It’s not reaching the mountaintop. They’re Sisyphus. They roll the boulder up only to have it thrown all the way back down. Shawn Michaels was a rare exception because his body would not break. Rey Mysterio is an exception that proves the rule. He’s not an exception to the rule. He got hurt. The demands of a champion, Daniel Bryan, is another great example of what they have to do to their body 325 days a year without good sleeping conditions, without great physical therapy, without the means to rest between matches because you’re just on another plane in coach flying somewhere. It is gruelling and destructive and that’s why Vince wants to keep the belt on bigger guys because historically they’ve been able to last longer and remain healthier.”

On his relationship with Vince McMahon: “I used to call him Robo-Vince and he goes, ‘What does that mean?’ because he [has] never seen anything but wrestling. I’m like, ‘You’ve never seen RoboCop? Of course not! You didn’t see Scarface or you would have known Razor Ramon is plagiarism!’ I was watching a Richard Pryor set on the sweet WWE jet one time just to kind of unwind and relax. And we’re flying back to White Plains [New York] and he literally is like, ‘Why don’t you have on WrestleMania?’ I’m like, ‘Vince, I just want to laugh’ ‘Well, we have Santino’. I’m like, ‘Great, I love Santino. That’s not Richard Pryor!’”

On Vince McMahon going against what the audience is calling for: “Vince is always going to do what Vince does. And, honestly, I know people don’t agree with this, but he really does know best. Imagine if Jimi Hendrix was alive today. People would reach out to him on social media and they would tell him what kind of music to make. It would literally be the movie Misery, where Kathy Bates is like, ‘No, she’s not dead. You’re going to bring her back. I don’t care what book you wrote. You’re going to bring her back right now!’ And that’s what social media is, so they want to have a voice, they feel they have a voice in the match with the ‘Yes! No! Yeah! 1, 2, ahh!’ They feel they have a voice [but] you don’t. Are you entitled to it? Sure. Is it ever going to get heard? It shouldn’t. Picasso didn’t hate whales. He just didn’t paint any. Like, he did what he wanted to do because he’s the artist. Vince is the painter. It’s Vince’s toy box. They are his toys. It’s cool he invites you over twice a week to watch him play, but they’re his. He doesn’t take his ball and go home. He’ll punch you in the face and play his game that you didn’t want to play on your dead chest. That’s what the artist does. Jimi Hendrix would laugh at you if you said, ‘Man, I just want a pop song.’”

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