WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is known to have very strict views on what he wants to see in the company. It is very rare for anyone to tell him he is wrong in any decision that he makes. Various reports have stated in the past how McMahon changes the scripts of RAW and Smackdown at the very last moment.
However, there was one employee in WWE who could freely speak his mind to McMahon and question his decisions. It was none other than WWE Hall Of Famer the late great Pat Patterson.
On a recent episode of Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho talked about Pat Patterson. He revealed that Patterson could criticize the product and there would be no ramifications for his opinions, even if he gave criticism right in front of Vince McMahon.
“Some days it’s vanilla, but Pat could get away with basically telling Vince ‘this show sucks,’ and nobody else could ever say that. And he would sit in booking meetings. Vince goes, ‘Well, what does everyone think? Do you like this?’ Of course all the Yes Men are like, ‘This is great.’ And Pat said, ‘This is terrible. This is a terrible. Where’s the young guys? What are we doing?’ And everyone kind of just sitting there like, ‘oh my God, he’s chewing out Vince at the front of the booking meeting.’ And of course he could do that, but they obviously had a great relationship for many, many, many years.”
Jericho also added that Patterson would always say that Vince McMahon was able to do whatever he felt like as it was his show in the end.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.