Hornswoggle opens up about his relationship with Finlay and why he thinks that kept him safe from too many ribs.
For many years, Hornswoggle was a major character on WWE television. Hornswoggle is even once the illegitimate son of Vince McMahon. The wrestling industry can be cruel behind the scenes. The Miz has often talked about the hazing that he faced early on in his WWE career which, at the time, was par for the course.
Speaking with Liam Alexander-Stewart of Inside The Ropes, Hornswoggle reflected on why he thinks there weren't many who played ribs on him while he was at WWE. For Swoggle, he attributes his relationship with Finlay as one of the many reasons why he was not on the receiving end of many cruel ribs.
“I think people at times were afraid to pick on me because of my relationship with Fit, like he is and will always be my dad, my wrestling dad. I have three dads, I have my real dad, I have Fit and I have Tommy Dreamer and I have three of the most opposite of each other dads ever. But I love it that way. So I wasn't I wasn't the target a lot, and if I was, it was usually by Fit, but I was always the one, like coercing others to pull them on each other. I had influence. I was 100 percent the shit-stirrer of the locker room, 100 percent. I'm OK with that. Again, I'm putting smiles on faces, whether it's someone at someone else's expense. I'm putting smiles on faces. I'm making everyone's day better. The thing is, we're on these especially these overseas tours where we're gone about 17, 20 days. You need something about seven, eight days in when we just film TV overseas and we still have a second half of the tour. It's one of those things and we need that reset button, something to motivate us, all right. Hey, we would we had these we played cards a lot, Gin [Rummy]. We had Gin tournaments.
“Tony Chimmel, the famous ring announcer, backstage hand, producer, everything, He would put together Gin tournaments and we had like 16 players. It was a big thing to win these tournaments, a big deal because there was like everyone from ring crew guys and referees to John Cena would play in these things. And obviously the higher caliber player you knocked out, the more glory. There was a good amount of times where Big Show was known to throw a deck of cards out of anger or he was known to rip one card so that deck was ruined. Big Show wasn't a good loser at cards, but we loved playing with them just to get them wound up. I would rather someone be a horrible loser because if someone is a horrible winner. Now you feel double awful about yourself. At least if I beat the person and they're a horrible loser. I still feel good about myself.”
One of the ribs that were played on Hornswoggle would see Finlay attempt to sell him. Learn more about that here.