Freddie Prinze Jr. used to work for WWE as a writer. While Prinze is no longer with the company, he did have a lot to share regarding what it was like working underneath Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn. The actor talked about Dunn wanting to distance himself from professional wrestling.
On the latest edition of his podcast, Wrestling with Freddie, Prize revealed that Dunn shot down many story pitches involving women in WWE. At one point, the actor said Dunn would deny a story pitch by saying, “I don’t think she’s pretty.”
It’s a very random low-key era where the numbers weren’t great and people missed out on a few wrestlers peaks like the Beth Phoenixs of the world. Like she kind of had her peak. It was at a time where Total Divas wasn’t a thing yet, so the women didn’t get that much love. So if she was gonna get any time as a champion, which she should have had a lot of they’re like, ‘Well, we gotta pair with Santino.’
So then she had like a thing with Santino where they were, they both had a title and Santino would do his comedy stuff and then she would save him when he would like run like a girl. So it was this weird, low-key, under-the-radar time where we were all kind of held hostage by the whims of Vince and Kevin Dunn, man. One guy who loves wrestling right with all his heart, more than his family, more than his dogs, and then this other guy who I never got the sense liked wrestling at all.
The former WWE writer said that pitching stories were akin to “throwing sand against a tidal wave.” Prinze then spoke about Dunn wanting only to push a storyline if it involved a pretty WWE female talent.
You could pitch for 20 minutes. Kevin would be like,’ Well, I don’t think she’s pretty,’ and all of a sudden, like six weeks of story, was just gone. It’s like, ‘Well, our champ has to be pretty.’ it’s like, ‘Yo, do you think Mankind was pretty?’ You could throw out a number of how many less-than-handsome male champions have existed, and I shall exceed it. But it would be dead it would just be dead because he would say one thing.
Kevin Dunn’s position in WWE may be in jeopardy after Vince McMahon’s retirement announcement. With Dunn being so close to McMahon, it will be interesting to see whether Dunn continues to play a significant role in the company in the future.
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