The wrestling world knows well the troubled WWE stint of "Wildcat" Chris Harris, often cited as an example of Vince McMahon's cruel treatment of top-tier talent from rival promotions. Harris, acclaimed for his role in America's Most Wanted alongside "Cowboy" James Storm, had an impressive run in TNA.
However, his transition to WWE in 2008 saw him recast as the uninspiring Braden Walker, and he was let go after just two appearances on the ECW brand. This dramatic turn for Harris has long been a point of contention. On the podcast "Something to Wrestle," Bruce Prichard, a wrestling executive, recently critiqued Harris' WWE performance.
Prichard suggested that Harris, a former tag team champion, must possess the essential capabilities to excel in the WWE. He recalled an instance where multiple takes were required for a pre-taped segment introducing Harris's character before his debut match against Armando Estrada.
Prichard even involved Mr. McMahon to salvage the part. Prichard candidly shared, "Usually, if I get called in, it's bad. I reached a point where it's like, 'Hey Vince, I need help here because I don't know what to do on this one.'
Vince came in, and after about fifteen minutes, we realized it wouldn't work."
Harris Breaks Silence on WWE Stint
While Harris has largely refrained from discussing this chapter of his career, Prichard's comments allowed him to share his perspective.
In a special podcast titled "The False Finish," host Conrad Thompson interviewed Harris about his wrestling journey, focusing on his WWE experiences. During the conversation, Harris conceded there was some truth to Prichard's account of the tedious backstage segment.
Yet, he argued that the report was somewhat overstated, pointing to other factors, such as constant script alterations that complicated the situation. Harris recalled, "Bruce was the segment's producer, but he wasn't there.
There were other people there, instructing me on what to say... The lines were awful. You guys aren't coming up with anything better than this? But every time, I would say what they wanted me to say." Harris continued to express his disappointment, corroborated by quotes from Estrada, who confirmed the multiple reshoots of the pre-tape.
The WWE veteran felt unsupported, akin to constantly pushing a boulder uphill. His revelation sheds new light on his short-lived WWE tenure and the obstacles he faced, offering fans a richer understanding of the often opaque wrestling industry.