Fred Rosser talks about his relationship with Vince McMahon.
Every WWE Superstar that makes their name in the history books develops some relationship with Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon has always been the man with the most power in WWE and building a relationship with him could be vital to a Superstar’s longevity with the promotion.
Fred Rosser spent nearly a decade on WWE television as Darren Young. At different times in his run, he was used more than others and part of that is because he was comfortable pitching an idea to Vince McMahon.
Speaking with Sean Ross Sapp in an exclusive interview, Fred details his relationship with Vince and what it was like pitching the angle where he worked with Bob Backlund as his life coach after his tag team with Titus O'Neil came to an end.
"Once I was done teaming with Titus, nothing lasts forever, but one of the big things I learned from Titus is the most intimidating thing about Vince McMahon is his office door. Once you get to his office door, you have a game plan and the sky is the limit. Titus was very bold and just opened the door to say, 'Boss, we're not on Raw, what do you have for us?' That's when we would make moves on the app and it would become popular. I remember once we [Titus & I] were done teaming, I proposed to him the idea of Bob Backlund being my life coach.
"I had it all written out and had visuals, I remember walking into his off and sitting down to talk for about 20 minutes. We talked a lot about yoga. We were face to face sitting down and he asked me, 'Darren, how do you get such a big barrel chest like that?' I said, 'Yoga.' Yoga has helped with my posture, instead of being scrunched over, it makes you upright, and we talked for some time about the benefits of yoga and then the Bob Backlund gimmick, which he ran with."
Fred also said that while he's not sure if Vince McMahon took his advice and started to do yoga, it would definitely help him at his age.
"I don't know if Vince (ended up doing yoga), but he definitely needs it at his age. I think anyone benefits from yoga. That's the longevity for me, staying healthy and not wrestling as much. When you don't wrestle as much, it does take a toll on your body. The match I just had with Tom Lawlor, it took me a week to recover. That was probably one of the longest matches in my career, we went over 25 minutes and it took me about a week to recover. Yoga is so important and that's probably my closest non-physical interaction with Vince McMahon. I've seen him backstage tussle with people, just not with me. "
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