Hornswoggle spent nearly 10 years in Vince McMahon’s company and he saw the world as a WWE Superstar. One thing that didn’t happen very often for Swoggle was backstage ribbing. There was a very good reason for that, because of who he had around at the time.
WWE paired Swoggle up with Fit Finlay early on. That was when Hornswoggle was know as “Little Bastard,” but he eventually had a name change. His affiliation with the no-nonsense Fit Finlay made for a very good ally backstage.
While speaking to Inside the Ropes, Swoggle revealed why he was mostly left out of backstage pranking. He’s cool with ribbing, and that also complemented his proclivity as being a bit of a trouble maker as well.
“I think people at times were afraid to pick on me because of my relationship with Fit, like he is and will always be my dad, my wrestling dad. I have three dads, I have my real dad, I have Fit and I have Tommy Dreamer and I have three of the most opposite of each other dads ever. But I love it that way. So I wasn’t I wasn’t the target a lot, and if I was, it was usually by Fit, but I was always the one, like coercing others to pull them on each other. I had influence. I was 100% the sh*t-stirrer of the locker room, 100%. I’m OK with that. Again, I’m putting smiles on faces, whether it’s someone at someone else’s expense. I’m putting smiles on faces. I’m making everyone’s day better.”
“The thing is, we’re on these especially these overseas tours where we’re gone about 17, 20 days. You need something about seven, eight days in when we just film TV overseas and we still have a second half of the tour. It’s one of those things and we need to we need that reset button something to motivate us, all right. Hey, we would we had these we played cards a lot, Gin [Rummy]. We had Gin tournaments. Tony Chimel, the famous ring announcer, backstage hand, producer, everything, He would put together Gin tournaments and we had like 16 players.”
“It was a big thing to win these tournaments, a big deal because there was like everyone from ring crew guys and referees to John Cena would play in these things. And obviously the higher caliber player you knocked out, the more glory. There was a good amount of times where Big Show was known to throw a deck of cards out of anger or he was known to rip one card so that deck was ruined. Big Show wasn’t a good loser at cards, but we loved playing with them just to get them wound up. I would rather someone be a horrible loser because if someone is a horrible winner. Now you feel double awful about yourself. At least if I beat the person and they’re they’re a horrible loser. I still feel good about myself.”
Swoggle collected a ton of memories while in WWE and there’s no telling what’s next for him. He could very well return someday and wrap up his career under Vince McMahon’s massive umbrella. Either way, he still had a great time in WWE while it lasted, even if Big Show wasn’t a very good loser at cards.
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