• Lanny Poffo Comments On WWE Stars Being “Handcuffed”
During a recent appearance on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling, WWF Veteran Lanny Poffo talked about working with Mr. Perfect, WWE stars not having a personality & more.
Below are the highlights:
On being paired with Mr. Perfect:
“I’ll tell you what. I loved “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and I am very sorry that he passed away and in a 21 year career, I’ll say that the four months that I spent with Curt Hennig and got to be a nemesis of or whatever I was (a piece of gum on the boot) of Hulk Hogan, those for four months were the greatest four months of my career.
I got three main events in Madison Square Garden, we broke box office records in places like the Las Angeles Sports Arena and in the Myriad in Oklahoma City (I don’t think they call it that anymore). Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig was the consummate professional and I am very sorry he passed away too soon.
It all ended at WrestleMania 6 and I got faded out. That is what happens and it is like one is in jail and the other is just visiting and I was just visiting. But it was fantastic and I drank from the silver challis of success for one shining moment and it was all worth it.”
On wrestling is more like reading:
“I don’t want to be one of those old timers that knocks the stars today. They are trying to make a living too and hopefully a fortune and they risk their lives every night. The only advantage that we had over them is we didn’t have writers and they do.
Once you have writers than how are you going to have a personality like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake The Snake Roberts, Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig?
We didn’t use writers, we did it all ourselves and until they start firing the writers they are never going to have the personalities because it is going to sound like people reading. That is what they are doing, they are reading.
They are memorizing lines and are reading and it is just cookie-cutter. They are great athletes and they deserve to make a living and a fortune it is just that they are handcuffed and are cookie-cutter.”
• Triple H Getting More Control In WWE?
During the recent WWE earnings call, Vince McMahon noted once again that his role in WWE wouldn’t change despite the return of the XFL and that there will be a different management team for XFL.
However, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer doesn’t think so. Meltzer noted that Triple H would most probably get more control in the WWE due to the realistic demands of running a pro wrestling company and a football league.
Vince McMahon recently stepped down and put Triple H in charge of 205 Live.
Vince McMahon wanted the show to be character driven and that’s the reason why Enzo Amore was booked to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
However, Triple H and many others in the company believe that the show should be presented in a format similar to that of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, where the focus is on athletic characters and strong in-ring competition.