Former WWE Superstar Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis has discussed Vince McMahon’s instructions and said the Chairman looks at WWE as a movie production.
Now known in his post-WWE life as Tehuti Miles, Adonis was a part of the Hit Row faction that also included Swerve Strickland, B-Fab, and Top Dolla. Together the foursome made waves in NXT before being called up to SmackDown as a result of the WWE Draft in late 2021.
However, just as they appeared on WWE’s main roster, the dream was over as B-Fab was released from her WWE contract before the rest of the group suffered the same fate just days later.
Now speaking on The Angle Podcast, Ashante Adonis gave listeners a glimpse into the mind of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Adonis claimed that McMahon told them that WWE was a movie production and that they were actors who did their own stunts:
“Vince McMahon told us, us as in Hit Row, he told us to our faces that this is a movie production and we’re the actors who do our own stunts. That’s coming from Vince McMahon. So if he’s saying that, maybe people should start thinking about this a little differently.”
Of course, the idea that Vince McMahon sees WWE as more akin to Hollywood than the pro wrestling business is nothing new. In the behind-the-scenes documentary film Beyond The Mat released in 1999, McMahon gave his famous quote that in WWE “we make movies pal.”