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Bruce Prichard Comments On Wrestlers Not Liking The New Dress Code After The Attitude Era Was Over

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This episode was pre-taped at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. The Rockers vs. The Black Knight & Tim Patterson

2. Koko B. Ware vs. Greg Valentine

3. Rick Martel vs. Jerry Monti

4. Dusty Rhodes vs. Barry Horowitz

5. WWF World Tag Team Titles: The Brain Busters vs. Louie Spicolli & Stephan de Leon

6. The Ultimate Warrior vs. Steve Vega

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• Bruce Prichard Comments On Wrestlers Not Liking The New Dress Code After The Attitude Era Was Over

During an episode of Something To Wrestle podcast, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard talked about the new dress code in the company after the Attitude Era was over and wrestlers not liking it.

Below are the highlights:

On Bruce himself not being in favor of the dress code:

“During this time, we had — I think that it was overdone to the point of the sport coat, the jacket, the tie and all that other sh*t. I just think the guys should dress neat, be presentable, that’s all. And especially at that time.

Now for me, ‘presentable’ at that time was usually khakis of some kind. I always wore the same shoes like I wear now. Cole Haan, Nikes. And I’d either wear a polo shirt or a Tommy Bahama short-sleeved shirt. Didn’t matter. Wear sweaters in the winter.

But I never wore a sport coat and man, I was pi$$ed when we changed over. Because see, two things happened. I’ll go back to when we got rid of the dress code during the Attitude Era. I had just spent like $4,000 on new suits and shirts, and just a whole new wardrobe. $4,000 is a lot of money to go out and spend at one time for a bunch of monkey suits and s**t.

I hadn’t even got the stuff back from the tailor when Vince proclaims, ‘God dammit, we’re Attitude! No more dress code, just be neat!’ I was like, ‘Motherf**ker!’

So now, the flip happened. I had gotten rid of every suit I owned. And I didn’t have any suits! And now all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Gotta wear a sport coat, gotta wear a suit.’ And I was like, ‘F**k!’ So yeah, I was not in favor of it, not a happy camper about the new dress code.”

On which wrestlers embraced the dress code:

“See, those were the guys who were already doing it, though. Those were the guys who were dressed to the nines, no matter what. You know, Ric Flair. I’ve never seen Ric Flair not look like he was tailor-made. Best-dressed man in the business, no matter what. And you know, those guys were gonna do it anyway.”

On which wrestler didn’t like the dress code the most:

“God, you know, Randy Orton. As a matter of fact, Randy was like, ‘Why can’t I just wear nice jeans?’ And jeans were on the ‘X’ list. Randy didn’t like it. And you know, it was — I think that most of the guys looked at it like, kind of roll their eyes and say ‘Okay, we’ll do it.’

But there was nobody that was, ‘Yay! We’ve got a dress code!’ Because the guys that dressed, they were already doing it. I really think it came down to seeing the guys that were dressed, that looked really good like Batista and all those guys. It was like, ‘God damn, they look sharp!’ And somebody walks in behind them with shorts and flip-flops, or a Tommy Bahama shirt and Nike shoes, and you go ‘God damn!’ I think it was a combination of a lot of things, that got us to that point.”

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