During the latest Q&A episode of his Something To Wrestle With podcast, available via Ad Free Shows, long-time Vince McMahon affiliate Bruce Prichard, appraised McMahon’s abilities in the announcers chair.
Vince McMahon first stepped behind the announcers desk for his fathers promotion in the 1970’s and remained in the play-by-play position until 1997.
Prichard joked that McMahon was terrible as a play-by-play announcer because he didn’t really call any moves, but his ability to convey emotion and passion carried him through. Responding to who he thought McMahon’s best commentary partner was Prichard replied:
“Oh God no [not Jerry Lawler], I’d say Jesse Ventura was the best with Vince. Look, Vince was terrible. Vince never called shit. It was like [does Vince impression] ‘Ah, Yokozuna with an arm drag [laughs]. Wait a minute! He’s got him! He’s got him! 1-2-Oh no! Oh no!’ Vince just was clichés would take you on a ride, however emotion wise, I think you would be hard pressed to find anybody that could match the emotional rollercoaster that Vince would take you on. Sometimes it was hyped up a little bit over the top, but it was, but I mean to this day I still do the [does another Vince impression]. There were a lot of Vince-isms back in the day. [Does yet another Vince impression] ‘Oh what a manoeuvre!'”
Prichard went on to explain that McMahon never really saw himself as a commentator, and only did it out of necessity, especially in the early days.
“I don’t think Vince ever fancied himself a great play-by-play guy. In the beginning, without a doubt it was out of necessity because his dad’s play by play man just walked off the job one day. So yeah, that was why Vince had to do that job never having done it before. Later on it was, he the guy, he was the face that had done it for so long that he continued to do it. When I came in 1987, probably the first or second month that I was there, there was always a search for that next play by play guy. Even then, like ’87, he didn’t want to do it. He wanted to find the right guy to come in and do play-by-play.”
Bruce Prichard has worked alongside Vince McMahon on and off since 1987. The man formerly known as Brother Love, returned to WWE most recently in 2019, where he joined the creative team. Prichard has worked under various titles as part of creative ever since.
Vince McMahon’s tenure at the announce table would come to an end in the Autumn of 1997, following the infamous Montreal Screwjob. A move which in turn launched the legendary ‘Mr McMahon’ character that became a permanent fixture on WWE television for the next two decades.
While McMahon hasn’t appeared on WWE TV with the same regularity in recent years, he shows no sign of slowing down. The now 75-year-old Chairman, was recently pictured working out at WWE HQ crushing a spectacular looking leg day routine.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.