The Godfather was prominent figure in the company during the early 90s, initially portraying the character of Papa Shango. However, it was with the adoption of the Godfather gimmick in 1998 that the Hall of Famer truly cemented his place as a recognizable name within the WWE. Now it seems he has signed a 5-year legends contract extension with WWE.

However, The Godfather’s controversial pimp gimmick faced significant backlash from the Parents Television Council (PTC) leading to Vince McMahon discontinuing the character. He was later rebranded as The Goodfather, and even joined the Right to Censor faction in an effort to tone down the controversial nature of the gimmick.

This week’s episode of Monday Night RAW was the 30th anniversary of WWE’s flagship show and it featured several pro wrestling legends. This included even The Godfather.

While speaking on The Universal Wrestling Podcast, The Godfather talked about his appearance on Monday Night RAW. He then revealed that he signed a 5-year contract extension with the company.


“It’s always great seeing the guys, especially the ones you haven’t seen in a while. I got there around two o’clock. I just had hip surgery. That’s Wednesday. They canceled me because they had a little more for me to do, but they had to cancel it because at that point, I was basically still in a walker. I had some appearances this week and I did them on crutches, but they called me Saturday. They were like, ‘Hey, we need you. I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m on crutches right now. I’m not going on TV with crutches’, so they came up with that little thing that I did. But it was great, man. I was in there with Hogan and Dallas. I gotta get my knees done pretty soon and Dallas was like, ‘As soon as you get your knee done, come on down and spend some time with me.’ Taker was in there, Teddy Long, Ron Simmons, Bradshaw, Alundra Blayze. We were all just there kicking. You had big screens and telling old stories and lies and taking some pictures. It was a good time.

To this day, I’ve been on a Legends contract since 2003 when I expired, and I’ve just now signed another one for five years. So I mean, you know, that says something to me. I’ve been on the payroll since 2003. It ain’t bad being The Godfather, believe me.”

The Godfather also locked down two of his gimmicks for personal use. We will have to wait and see what the company will have in store for the pro wrestling legend.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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