A WWE interviewer has discussed a bizarre technique used backstage to make wrestlers appear bigger on-screen.
In backstage interview segments, WWE competitors often tower over their interviewer. Scott Stanford has confirmed that in some circumstances, the height difference is all smoke and mirrors.
Speaking with The Launchcast, Stanford recalled how his working relationship with WWE began. He revealed that for interview segments, he was made to kneel down, so the wrestlers always looked bigger than him.
Here is the full quote:
“When the time came, (WWE) was looking for a new studio host. The demo I made was just me working with all their talent and it looked like I had worked for the company already. I get a call from the main guy back at the time and said, ‘We got about 300 tapes for a studio position, we narrowed it down to five, Vince McMahon hated all of them.’ Vince looked at (Stanford’s) demo and said, ‘Get this guy in here now.’
“I did the audition with Joey Styles and got the gig. Next you know, I’m doing studio shows, they’re calling me to do play-by-play on the road. I was a little too tall, so I had to kneel down because you always have to make the Superstar look bigger. That’s why now you’ll see small females who stand and look up,”
Stanford noted that this is why petite women are often interviewing WWE’s heavyweights. Stanford’s claims support previous WWE interviewers comments, with some former employees claiming similar techniques were used during their segments.
Somebody who could be on their way out of WWE for good is Daniel Bryan. It was previously reported that Bryan’s contract expired following his last SmackDown match.
It has also been reported that WWE are pushing hard for Bryan to re-sign with the company, however it is currently unclear whether he will.
Quote via Fightful.