Hollywood star and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. recently spoke with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Show and shared some interesting stories about his time working behind the scenes in WWE.
According to Prinze, he took over from Vince McMahon running backstage promo classes after seeing Vince flip out at Sheamus and Wade Barrett during a session.
Vince had told Sheamus and Barrett to pretend to act like dogs that wanted to fight and became incensed when Sheamus stopped midway through to say he felt like he was having an out-of-body experience.
Vince was furious that Sheamus had talked, because he was supposed to be a dog. When Barrett then barked, Vince lost his temper and threw over a table before leaving the room.
It was after witnessing this that Prinze suggested to Vince that he could take over running the classes.
Prinze says that when he was running the sessions the only person he ever really had an issue with was John Cena.
He recalled how Cena once came in during the middle of a promo sessions and intentionally sat between the two wrestlers in the class to be disruptive.
Prinze says that although he was not keen to have a confrontation with “some giant muscle head dude” he also knew that in WWE “I’m not going to take s–t off anybody otherwise you’re dead in that company”.
“I said, ‘Yo man, let me talk to you outside for a bit.’ He comes outside, and I’m like, ‘Look bro, you’re not in this class because you know how to do this. You don’t want to teach these guys or girls, so let me do my job. Let me do what Vince wants me to do, and just stay out of here.’
To his credit he goes, ‘Look, I know I approached this stuff in a barbaric sort of way. But you either got it or you don’t.’ I said, ‘Dude you’re right about that. But you can get better or worse, depending on the type of instruction you have, and do you want them to have instruction from Vince in the promo class, or from me?'”
Prinze then gave Cena the example of Sheamus and Barrett, which helped Cena to see things from his perspective and get on board with him running the class.
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