Bruce Prichard has recalled the one and only time in his career he missed a flight and it’s because he had been partying with John Cena the night before.
Prichard relived the experience on his Something To Wrestle podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson [available ad-free at AdFreeShows.com]. According to the WWE Executive Director, he and John Cena were celebrating after the premiere of Cena’s first movie, The Marine.
Despite Prichard taking a page out of The Nature Boy’s book, he says tequila proved to be his downfall:
“We were celebrating, and of course we got back to the bar in the Mariott in San Diego and Cena kept the bar open for us, and so we’re celebrating, having a good time, and they’re doing shots. [Conrad], you know me, I don’t do shots. John’s like, ‘Bruce, it’s my first movie, it could be my last movie, do a shot with me,’ so I did the Ric Flair and I tossed the shot and he caught me.”
“He’s like ‘I’ve never been so insulted…’ and it was a Dirty Sanchez, which is tequila and some other crap. Tequila does not sit well with me, there’s something about it, man, that can make you get metaphysically crazy drunk, and I did it with him. Then we sat together and we did every shot making sure that the other one was drinking everything that they had in it.”
With a WWE schedule to keep, making flights is a key part of the business, but when Bruce Prichard awoke the next day still in his suit and tie, the plane he was due to be on had long gone:
“Long and short of it is I woke up in my bed, tucked in. When I say tucked in, I was put in my bed in my suit, shoes still on, tie still on, in my suit, and the covers tucked into the bed. So that when I started to come to and started to get up, it’s like everything’s tied down. Not tied down, but tucked into the bed and sheets.”
“Cena had apparently got me back to the room, put me in bed, tucked me in, took my briefcase, and put what he thought was my phone on my briefcase, and I guess went and tucked in everybody else he needed to tuck in.”
“When I woke up, it was 3:45 in the afternoon the next day. It is the one and only time I had ever missed a flight, especially going home by waking up late or doing something stupid like that. So my entire career, I had never missed a flight and that was the one and only time that I actually missed the flight for not being able to get to the flight. I know that I had wake-up calls and alarms and all that sh*t set.”