ECW legend Blue Meanie has opened up about the advice he “took too literally” after being released by WWE, and revealed whether the company ever pitched for him to change the colour of his iconic hair and beard.
“Just when they brought me up at the WWE, they were expanding their television programming and they needed more talent. They were just about to start doing Sunday Night Heat. They just needed more wrestlers.
So when they brought me in, Vince Russo, it was Vince Russo’s idea, he was a huge fan of ECW. And legend has it, Paul would occasionally be at the WWE writing sessions here and there but Russo pitched the idea for me to come in and, they brought me in as is, which is kind of cool – but in another sense, when you’re not a WWE creative entity, you don’t get the attention like something they created would.”
When asked whether WWE ever asked to change his character in order to own it, or whether to even change his character or iconic colour scheme, Blue Meanie replied that he was never asked.
“Yeah, because, you know, they get a little bit more of the pie as far as owning the the likeness and stuff like that but there was no pictures to change my character.”
“The one funny thing is… Well, it’s not funny, but the first time they released me the week after WrestleMania 15 and they were like, ‘Hey, you know, maybe go away for a second, put on a new coat of paint and come back.’ And I thought they literally were just telling me I changed my face paint, so I changed my face paint for a little bit. Which is all right, but that wasn’t the message.”
The ECW legend went on to say the one thing he did when asked was lose weight, but that he went overboard with it and still got fired.
“I took it literal, I can’t just change my face paint. The only thing they did, they asked me to lose a little bit of weight, and then I went overboard and lost 160 pounds and they still fired me. But it is what it is.”