• “Our champ has to be pretty” – Kevin Dunn On Female WWE Stars
During a recent episode of his podcast, former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. discussed what it was like to work with ex-WWE CEO Vince McMahon and WWE Executive Producer & Chief of Global Television Production Kevin Dunn.
Below is what Freddie said:
“It’s a very random low-key era where the numbers weren’t great and people missed out on a few wrestlers’ peaks like the Beth Phoenix’s of the world. Like she kind of had her peak. It was at a time where Total Divas wasn’t a thing yet, so the women didn’t get that much love.
So if she was gonna get any time as a champion, which she should have had a lot of they’re like, ‘Well, we gotta pair her with Santino.’ So then she had like a thing with Santino where they were, they both had a Title and Santino would do his comedy stuff and then she would save him when he would run like a girl.
So it was this weird, low-key, under-the-radar time where we were all kind of held hostage by the whims of Vince and Kevin Dunn, man. One guy who loves wrestling right with all his heart, more than his family, more than his dogs, and then this other guy who I never got the sense liked wrestling at all.
[Kevin Dunn] was trying to turn it into the NFL, or Tyson vs. Holyfield, which is cool, man. But it wasn’t wrestling. So, you just see this room of, they’re probably 20 writers when I worked there, and it was just 20 writers throwing sand against a tidal wave.
You could pitch for 20 minutes. Kevin would be like, ‘Well, I don’t think she’s pretty,’ and all of a sudden, like 6 weeks of story, was just gone.
It’s like, ‘Well, our champ has to be pretty’. It’s like, ‘Yo, do you think Mankind was pretty?’ You could throw out a number of how many less-than-handsome male champions have existed, and I shall exceed it. But it would be dead it would just be dead because he would say one thing.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 7, 1993) – WWF Mania
On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Mania’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1993’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
Ted DiBiase vs. 123 Kid (Challenge 8/1/93)
Jim Cornette debut (RAW 8/2/93)
Bastion Booger vs. Scott Vito (Challenge 8/1/93)
Mr. Hughes vs. Jason Headings (Superstars 7/31/93)
Men on a Mission vs. Brooklyn Brawler & Brian Costello (Superstars 7/31/93)