Freddie Prinze Jr. says he confronted John Cena for sandbagging a WWE promo class

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Freddie Prinze, Jr. was interviewed by Chris Van Vliet this week to speak about his time as a author for WWE from 2008-2009. He additionally labored for them once more from 2010 till 2012.

Prinze, Jr talks about what it was wish to work for Vince McMahon and what he thinks will occur to WWE when McMahon passes away.

Click on right here to hearken to the complete interview. You may take a look at a clip from the interview by scrolling down on this web page.

Freddie was requested, “Who’s an instance of somebody you wrote 10 or 12 years in the past that with out your assist possibly would have struggled?”

“It’s all the time a gaggle. There may be by no means one individual.  Solely the expertise can get themselves over.  I’ve written some nice promos however the expertise couldn’t get it over.  I’ve additionally seen some horrible promos, however the expertise was so good, you couldn’t write them unhealthy.  They may get something over.  Once I began there, as soon as I acquired my bones and did some good promos for Huge Present, I wrote an Undertaker promo that Taker stated, ‘That’s who I would like writing my promos.’  That gave me a variety of credibility.  That’s when Michael Hayes got here as much as me, and Chris DeJoseph they usually stated, ‘Jeff Hardy.  You need to make him champion.’  Hayes stated, ‘Pay attention.  You are able to do this.  The boss loves you proper now.  You’re going to put in writing the story.  We are going to e book it as a result of you may’t e book for sh*t.’  I can’t (e book) to this present day.  I can’t e book a match, however I can write you a promo that may get your match over.  I simply want a legend to e book it for me as a result of that’s not my ability set.  However I can write any match you e book.  I could make folks care about it.  I begin penning this story for Jeff.  He had been within the information.  He had been taking warmth.  As an alternative of hiding from that, I embraced it and known as it this grey space that he can exist in his creativeness.  There is no such thing as a black or white and the those that decide to that world need to fake folks like me don’t exist, however I’m going to point out either side that I do.  We began writing these promos for him and I began working with him and speaking to him concerning the feeling that we’d do and the look we must make it look creepy.  Chris DeJoseph shot nearly the whole lot.  Chris shot it, Freebird booked it, and I wrote it.  They executed it fantastically.  It began with him and Undertaker and this argument they had been having from backstage and within the ring.  It blossomed at Armageddon in a triple risk match that he ended up successful.  He stood on the Armageddon signal and he had his fingers up.  Within the manufacturing assembly, lots of people didn’t need Jeff to be champion.  My entire technique is it’s present enterprise and a kind of phrases is stronger than the opposite.  That’s my philosophy on a variety of pitches and a variety of concepts in my head. I went to Vince after all people stated no and I confirmed him Jeff’s merchandise gross sales.  I stated, ‘He’s promoting greater than anybody by nearly double and there’s no belt on him.’  We go in and I’m sitting there.  There are folks working towards me.  Not all people within the firm appreciated me.  It took about six months for folks to be actually cool to me and begin respecting what I used to be attempting to do with the expertise there.  Vince appears to be like over at Kevin Dunn and Brian Gewirtz.  He stated, ‘No one touches Jeff till Armageddon.’  Proper there I knew he was successful the belt.  Michael Hayes is kicking my toes beneath the desk as a result of he is aware of in the event that they see me react, they are going to take it away simply to show me a lesson as a result of they’re psychos.  I calmed myself down and a number of the those that had been mad at me stormed out.  I stayed in.  Vince checked out me and gave me the nod so I knew we had been golden.  I wrote it out from there and we acquired to make him champion.’

Freddie stated John Cena by no means appreciated him:

“That is the way it began.  He began off calling me Ashton Kutcher and Hollywood.  I began an appearing class, a promo class mainly.  The category began and we had like two folks.  By the point we left, we had like 80% of the roster.  I’d have like 40 or 50 folks within the room, all attempting to get time.  We’re in there and I’d deliver them scenes from motion pictures that I knew they appreciated.  I’d deliver them a scene, a two individual scene, the place they may act with one other individual and I’d present them how the actors in that film broke it down primarily based on my expertise.  I informed them they should personal it and imagine in it.  We had been doing this scene and John walks in and completely interrupts the category and simply sandbags the entire thing.  I stood up and I stated, ‘Hey man.  Let me speak to you exterior.’  Now I’m not getting fired.  I can say something I need to this man.  The one individual that might hearth me is Vince and he’s already empowered me sufficient that I do know that.  We walked exterior and I stated, ‘Dude, what are you doing man?’  These are his phrases, not mine.  He stated, ‘Properly possibly I’m a neanderthal, however you both have it otherwise you don’t.’  I stated, ‘Brother, you’ve got it, so that you don’t should be right here, however somebody has to point out these different folks methods to do it.  Should you’re not gonna, then who’s?’  He didn’t say something to me and he walked away.’

There’s much more lined within the interview together with what it was wish to work for Vince McMahon, why he left, WWE and extra. Freddie additionally talked about his work in “She’s All That,” “I Know What You Did Final Summer season,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Summer season Catch.” He additionally reveals why he left appearing and he shares tales about Chuck Norris, Muhammad Ali, his spouse Sarah Michelle Gellar, and his function within the Punky Brewster reboot.

Click on right here for the complete interview. Click on on the video beneath for a clip from the interview.

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