Former WWE Superstar Enzo was recently on Keeping it 100 with Konnan. The pair touched on a number of topics including Enzo’s thoughts on WWE’s creative and scripted promos.
“I just think that there is a lot of chefs in the kitchen. There are a lot of writers, and I think week-to-week a lot of the talent have no idea what they are getting themselves into up until they show up to the show. So many times I was handed a script and the script would change an hour into the show and I would try to remix it and some of the writers hated that. But when Enzo Amore goes out there and goes off script and he comes back to the curtain he forgets the script.
“The only person that really mattered was Vince McMahon so I never gave a f— about the writers. If a writer adds something terrible to the script and I wasn’t feeling it, I’m sorry bro. I didn’t ask for permission, I asked for forgiveness and half the time I went out there and just said what I felt was better because who better than the guy that says ‘My Name is Enzo Amore’? I wrote that and I hear everybody saying that with me.
“If you don’t have to hold the microphone and say those things in front of a million people each week; if you have never been laid on your back and had your teeth knocked in or taken a bump and risk your life, had your mother crying at home because you were knocked out cold, having an MRI and you had your leg broken in the ring; I went to the ringer to hold that microphone and to hear those people say that s—. So, if I’m not feeling it, I am not saying it. So, when I cut those promos it was oftentimes how I spoke and people don’t want to hear that.”
For more quotes from the interview check out wrestlinginc’s article.
Jon Moxley was on the most recent episdoe of Talk is Jericho. Moxley opened up on a number of topics including his frustrations with WWE creative and Vince McMahon.
“So one day I come into TV like normal. At this time, I think I’m on SmackDown, I’m a good guy, a babyface. A pretty major good guy on the show, basically the lead good guy on the show at this point. I come in and get a backstage promo handed to me from a writer—writer is going to be a key word in this podcast you will find and the word script—I get a script handed to me by a writer, right? And it’s a backstage promo and it’s me describing the things I did on the way to the arena that day,” Moxley said. “These are things that an idiot would do. Like things along the lines of like driving backwards on the street in a unicycle or sharing a pizza with a homeless man on the street, just weird stuff like that. So I’m like, ‘I’m not saying any of that.’ So I’m like, ‘Change all that. Rewrite it just as something normal.’ Go about my business, writer comes back to me later. Vince redid it, put all that stuff back in, so I’m like, “Uh, now I have to go in and talk to Vince.”
I’m like, ‘Yo, I can’t say all this stuff, it’s ridiculous.’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, it’s such good shit! Oh, this stuff, this is the reason people like you. It’s why they connect to you cause you’re different – this is you!’ And I’ve had a million conversations with him that are almost this exact same conversation about similar promos or things.
And I said, ‘So I’m an idiot?’ And he goes, ‘No! It’s you! You’re different.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay.’ And I don’t know where we landed on that particular promo, whatever, but that kind of sums up the battle I’ve been fighting for six years.”
For more quotes from the episode check out Mandatory’s article.
The following should be viewed as unconfirmed news/rumors. An anonymous caller recently called into the Pro Wrestling Show Podcast hosted by Wade Keller. The caller claimed to have recently had a night out with three members of WWE’s creative team. The caller made a number of fascinating claims, including that the backstage atmosphere is “toxic” and that one person is responsible for that.
“Regarding WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the writers allegedly said there is no chance of Vince stepping down. Obviously that day will come eventually, but it sounds like there is a feeling that Vince isn’t stepping down any time soon. It also sounds like a lot of the writers blame Vince for a lot of the negativity. “It’s such a toxic atmosphere and it’s all because of one person,” one writer said. (H/T to Wrestlingnews.co.) It was emphasized that WWE’s problems are not the fault of the creative team, and that Vince is the one who deserves the blame.
Regarding Vince and WWE creative, it was said that Vince wants suggestions from everyone, but those suggestions never make it to TV. It was also said that 99 out of 100 times you can come up with an idea for Vince, but it won’t be used. The writers also painted a picture of Vince being out of touch. They claimed Vince just “watches WWE and works out” and is not aware of things going on in the real world. Regarding the WWE NXT developmental system, the writers claimed that Vince does not keep track of what goes on there, and that he “maybe” watches the Takeover specials. Triple H has indicated in the past that Vince does know what’s going on with the black & yellow brand.”
For more rumors on the backstage happenings of the WWE check out Wrestlinginc’s summary of the call. You can listen to the Pro Wrestling Show Podcast here.
WWE owner Vince McMahon recently sat down with Variety for a lengthy interview. The CEO of the WWE discussed a number of topics, including whether or not superstars should worry about taking time off.
“Anybody who wants time off can get time off. That’s easy. In addition to that, it’s easy to weave a talent in and out of a storyline. If they get injured, you’re not expecting that. Or if they have a family matter. Our characters are real people with real problems. It’s a revolving situation where this talent will work these dates, that talent will work those dates.”
For more of McMahon’s thoughts check Variety.com’s interview.
Jim Ross was recently on Busted Open Radio. Ross openly discussed whether or not he believed Vince McMahon was at all intimidated about going head to head with someone with more money than him.
“You know, I don’t know if he is concerned about going head-to-head with anybody. I doubt it. I think he is bulletproof in that regard,” stated Ross. “I have said this internally with AEW; the worst mistake we can make is trying to chase WWE. We don’t need to chase WWE.
“I am sure there is concern financially about rosters. I am not officially in that department, but I asked one guy in WWE who is an under-card guy, a solid hand, who can help the younger guys earn, early 30s, and they said to me that he is not available. He just signed for a half a million dollars. He is not even on television, $500,000 just to keep him off the streets sort to speak. So yeah, I think there is a reactionary phase that is going around that AEW is willing to pay people.”
For more from Ross check out Busted Open Radio’s entire interview. Exerpts prepared by Wrestlinginc.