During a recent interview with SunSport, WWF Attitude Era Veteran Al Snow talked about his early WWF gimmicks not being successful, Vince McMahon giving talent creative freedom & more. Below are the highlights:
On his early WWF gimmicks not being successful:
“Those were opportunities that I mishandled – I didn’t have enough of an understanding or knowledge to take full advantage. At that time, I made the mistake that a lot of pro wrestlers do and pointed the finger at everyone else and and never took responsibility for not succeeding. I was given a stage and platform. The Avatar character was new and different and neat, but knowing what I know now, I could have made that so much more than what it was.”
On Vince McMahon giving creative freedom to talent:
“Vince McMahon genuinely wants every wrestler to succeed. He’s a businessman. Not to mention his ego. The more his wrestlers succeed, the more his business succeeds, the more he succeeds – and he gets to take credit. Guys misunderstand – in WWE Vince gives you creative freedom. Once in you step in that ring, there’s nothing Vince can do to help you get over – and there’s nothing he can do to stop you getting over.”
On reinventing himself:
“I had to go away and reinvent myself. If I stayed in WWE I was never going to be in a better spot. Chris Candido spoke to Paul Heyman on my behalf, Heyman spoke to Vince, and I was kind of put on loan to ECW.
Paul had no plans for me, so I was free to do whatever I wanted. I was trying to demonstrate that I had suffered a nervous breakdown, and had mental illness. I was reading books on abnormal psychology and read a case study about a woman who heard voices from inanimate objects. She thought they were talking to her.
I picked up this mannequin head that was backstage at a show and remembered Mick Foley jerking around in the car with this Styrofoam head he kept his mask on. He would pretend it was his girlfriend and I thought, ‘You know I’m going to take this to the arena and talk to it.’ It just took off.”
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