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Francine – ‘I Cried To Johnny Ace Asking For My WWE Release’

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Francine was a prominent figure in the original ECW brand and recently reflected on her brief tenure in WWE’s iteration of ECW.

On a recent edition of the “Stories With Brisco and Bradshaw” podcast, The Queen of Extreme discussed her time in the now-defunct promotion, WWE’s potential recruitment of her after the closure of ECW, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On getting an offer from WWE in 2001: “When [ECW] went bankrupt, I got a call from WWE. And they wanted me to work with X-Factor, which was X-Pac and Justin Credible and Albert. But the way it was pitched to me, it was going to be right on Raw, live, and it was them against the Hardys … So, Lita and I would’ve I think eventually went off and did our own thing, wrestling. But at that point I was 30 years old … In my mind, I was like, they’re gonna make me train all over again to be like this wrestler. And I didn’t want to do that.”

On her brief run in WWE ECW: “In 2006 I actually did sign, because I was told I was going to be a manager. But they had me doing bikini contests every weekend. And I was just like, I don’t want to do this … I’m 34 years old, and I have to do all this bikini stuff, and I’m just like, this is not what I signed up for … I even told Vince to his face, like, ‘Let me take Kevin Thorn’s finisher.’ He goes, ‘We don’t do that here.’ I said, ‘You don’t let the girls bump here?’ He goes, ‘Well, I didn’t watch ECW, I don’t know anything about you.’… All I did is go cry to Johnny Ace, ‘Give me my release, I wanna go home.’”

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