Freddie Prinze Jr. spent quite a few years writing for WWE. For some that fact is hard enough to wrap their heads around, seeing that he is an actor, but write for WWE he did, and he was responsible for quite a few treasured storylines at that time. Apart from acquiring quite the accomplishment on his resume, the time he spent writing for WWE also garnered him quite a few war stories…stories he has no problem sharing on his podcast, Wrestling with Freddie.
It was on a recent episode of said podcast that he went into how his working with Jeff Hardy and a push that he had written for the superstar led Triple H to have a problem with his ideas. Specifically, Triple H was heavily against the Jeff Hardy push that Freddie Prinze Jr. had planned at that time. Prinze Jr. went into the details on his show.
“So I start pitching why this is a good idea [in a production meeting]…I’m telling you, this is an honest story, we’ve done nothing but tell the truth. If he has a relapse, if he goes down again, you take the title off him. You’ve taken it off him before for stuff like that on smaller belts. I said we’ve taken it off of other people in a day. I said we can pull this off. You know, I’m giving this passionate plea, it’s about five minutes long, and then Hunter starts shooting it down, again.
You know, I don’t want it to be a fight. I don’t want it to be an argument. I don’t want to have enemies in the company, but I don’t want this whole story that we’ve built up to let the fans of Jeff Hardy down. We’re waiting outside, we wanna know the answer. The production meeting on this day was on the same floor as a VIP cafeteria, so there’s like this empty cafeteria behind us. A lot of free space. I’m sitting there and looking at Freebird [Michael P.S Hayes] and I go ‘what do you think?’
He goes ‘I don’t know, you did your best!’ He’s like trying to prep me for failure. So now I’m like shoot, man, this is not gonna happen. This is seriously getting killed right now? Hunter was proven right at the end of the day. I mean Jeff got in trouble less than a year after this happened. They gave him the other belt after that, the other championship. And then he got in trouble and then got in bigger trouble and had to leave the company for a while.
So at the end of the day, he was right, but all of a sudden the door swings open and only Hunter comes out, and he doesn’t even look at me. Right, and he walks by. So this now means two things; one, this dude doesn’t like me anymore or is probably going to work against me now, which is what happened. Or two, Jeff’s going to be the World Heavyweight Champion!”
So in the end, Freddie Prinze Jr. claims that Triple H was right after all. There’s no ill will or bad blood in that, but the story does shine a light on the adversity that Prinze Jr. found in the locker room at the time of his employment with WWE as a writer. He had similar problems with John Cena, as he has stated. If you’re interested on stories from his time writing for the company and for more juicy details like this one, be sure to check out his show (link above).
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