In an interview with WrestleTalk, former WWE and NXT star Alexander Wolfe has described what it was like working for Vince McMahon.
Many people have crazy stories to tell about McMahon, but Wolfe seemed to have a more level-headed approach instead of just relentlessly bashing him like some former stars seem to do.
Alexander Wolfe said:
“I think a lot of people are too afraid of the persona of Vince McMahon to actually treat him like a real person, like a real human being, and I think that’s what he wants. Of course everybody hears about the crazy stories how this man behaves and what he does, obviously he has to shave the beard so the beard will not win. Something like that. Possible, but we all kind of have a certain amount of weird stuff we do in our days.
“The thing is, I believe it’s not about just being perfect or just doing everything perfect. I think it’s when he sees something he doesn’t like, he loses interest. And you have to understand that this person is 24/7 in wrestling. He barely sleeps, as everybody knows, I don’t know it personally but that’s what everybody hears. And he has his dos and don’ts and blah blah blah. But he’s been in the wrestling business for almost his entire life. And especially at a higher age and everything, you cannot function like it was in your 40s or 50s I guess. And I always try to find an understanding for a situation before I bury something, and that’s the best scenario with that.”
Alexander Wolfe also spoke about his time on the SmackDown brand and how the creative and communication process wasn’t ideal, adding:
“When we came to SmackDown, he wasn’t around. So we tried to say hello and, ‘Thank you for the opportunity, what do you want to see?’, because a lot of people told me before you have to build up a relationship with the boss because he wants to have that. And I totally understand it because you want to work with people together you trust and you feel emotionally connected. So when he doesn’t know you, you’re just another employee, but when he wants to know you, how to show you on the telly, this is your character, blah blah blah. And you have to know. You have to know what you can do, what you should not do, what he hates, what he likes. But you need to know it from the horse’s mouth because you can’t ask a producer or whatever, probably a guy who’s afraid to get fired next week because he sneezed in a meeting or whatever. So you have to ask him, but you have to ask him in person.
“At first, he wasn’t present a lot at SmackDown tapings, he had something else to do, and I totally understand that, he’s very busy. And then when he was there, we came back through the curtain and we just had time to say, ‘Thank you, is everything okay?’, and you get the thumbs up or whatever his sign for it is. So we did not have the chance really to connect with that person. But we heard sometimes from other people, ‘Hey, he don’t like this, he don’t like that’. Once Michael Hayes came up to us and said, ‘He doesn’t like you guys doing the wrestling bulls**t’. I don’t know if it’s word for word but that’s what I remember. And I said, ‘What do you mean wrestling bulls**t? This company is wrestling bulls**t anyway so…’. ‘No he means like silly s**t, like stomping on the ground when you punch somebody’. It’s like, ‘Okay so, just tell me what to do and I’ll do it no problem. I’ve been a wrestler for over a decade now so you tell me ‘do this’, I can do it no problem’.
“But that was him telling me that he heard that from a meeting where he wasn’t present. It’s like when you tell me ‘hey this and that’ because you googled it. There’s no facts behind it, nothing. So I have to hear from a guy who was present at the meeting. I have to hear it from Vince McMahon in person that he said ‘stop doing the wrestling bulls**t’. A hard time is when you try to figure out how to speak to him but he’s too busy, or he has no time. And the time I had to speak with him, it was about creative stuff, but he was super open to that, and he was super nice and everything.”
Alexander Wolfe is now going by the name Axel Tischer as he returns to the indies, which was also the name he used before signing with WWE.
We’ve already got a few other quotes up from our interview with Wolfe on our exclusives page, and we’ll continue posting more in the coming days.