In a recent episode of "Wrestling with Freddie," actor and former WWE creative team member Freddie Prinze Jr. shed light on the naughty side of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Prinze revealed that McMahon would not only play pranks on wrestlers but also on the television networks he collaborated with, finding great amusement in doing so.
Prinze disclosed, "Vince would mess with them," referring to the television networks involved in airing WWE programming. One incident stood out vividly in Prinze's memory—the draft episode where McMahon shocked everyone by selecting John Cena, the biggest draw on Monday Night Raw, and drafting him to Friday Night SmackDown.
This unexpected move sent shockwaves through the wrestling community and prompted an immediate response from the network executives.
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"USA freaked out and started calling," Prinze reminisced.
The decision to draft Cena back to WWE Raw later that night with the final pick of the 2011 draft was premeditated and unrelated to the network's calls. Prinze confirmed that McMahon had planned the entire sequence as an elaborate prank.
However, the actor admitted that he considered it a foolish move due to its negative impact on the draft's credibility and public perception. "It delegitimizes the entire draft process they do yearly," Prinze emphasized. "To think that 'No, we want him, no we want him' could happen with every draft pick...
He did it to screw with the people."
While McMahon's pranks were lighthearted, they inadvertently undermined the seriousness of the draft, an event highly anticipated by wrestling fans each year. Prinze's candid account shed light on the behind-the-scenes antics within WWE and offered a glimpse into McMahon's mischievous personality.
The WWE draft, designed to determine which wrestlers would compete on specific shows, upholds a sense of fairness and excitement. However, McMahon's impromptu prank with John Cena on that memorable night injected an element of unpredictability that left fans questioning the draft's authenticity.
Freddie Prinze Jr.'
s revelations showcased the wrestling industry's playful and sometimes unpredictable nature. McMahon's ability to blend entertainment with his mischievous streak brought unexpected twists and turns to WWE programming, leaving fans guessing and ensuring that no one, not even the television networks, was exempt from his pranks.