Freddie Prinze Jr. reveals that Vince McMahon has no idea what RoboCop is but he does know how to affectionately win someone over.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is not just one of the top actors of the late 90s and early 2000s, he's all that and more. Freddie was a writer for WWE during their transition from the Ruthless Aggression era to the more modern PG era
Joining the team in 2008, Freddie says that when he left the company, he couldn't even watch the product anymore. Eventually, he wound up at SummerSlam during WWE’s run of SummerSlam events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and that is where Vince McMahon convinced him to rejoin the brand, because, as he always says, WWE is a family.
Explaining his interaction with Vince McMahon during a recent appearance on Barstool’s Rasslin podcast, Freddie would compare the presence of Vince McMahon to that of Robocop, explaining Vince has no idea what that movie is.
“So when I left, there was a good six to eight months where I legit could not watch the product. There was just — I did not like wrestling and then they were coming to Los Angeles for SummerSlam and I was like, ‘I'll go, I'll go watch the pay per view.’ I showed up early, and Vince was down by the ring and one of the guys came up to me, this dude, Jimmy said, ‘Hey, Vince wants to talk to you.’ I said, ‘I’ll go say what up to the old man,’ and he looks like Robocop, right? Like his body looks like the shell of Robocop, a movie that he's never seen and doesn't understand the reference when I compliment him and tell him he looks like Robocop. I've literally said to him, you look like ‘Robocop’ and he said, ‘Who the hell is that?’
“So I go up ringside and he takes a headset off and he puts this giant meathook arm around me, so friggin buff, dude. I'm not, and he brings me in and he goes, ‘Ah, it's good to see you again.’ I don't know, we’re bullshitting, and he says, It'd be great to have you back, son.’ He called me son, and for a guy that grew up without a dad, that's kryptonite, man, like, I can't fight against that. So I went back the second time and kind of fell in love with wrestling again and when I left because I had babies, I didn't have the same issues that I did the first time but the first time I left, man, I could not watch the product. I couldn't. It was ruined for me. It was weird.”
RoboCop did have a very famous experience saving Sting from The Four Horsemen at a WCW Clash of the Champions event, but Vince McMahon is famous for not having ever watched his competition so, it makes sense he doesn't know who RoboCop is.
These days, Freddie is investing his time in a pro wrestling podcast and has even toyed with the idea of starting his own promotion. Learn more about that here.
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