Former WWE Superstar Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese recalls working under Vince McMahon.
Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese was a fixture of the mid-nineties in the World Wrestling Federation during a time when wrestlers’ gimmicks were based on occupations such as dentists, plumbers and garbage men.
The star was initially involved in a feud with Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and then later with Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a run that lasted from 1994-1996.
Speaking on the A2theK Wrestling Show, Droese was asked about his relationship with Vince McMahon during that period:
“It was okay. He was a promoter when I was a wrestler. I was wrestling talent on his main roster –- and you had to understand what that meant. If you thought you were friends with Vince, you’re only friends with Vince as far as he can make money with you.
I could always talk to Vince. He wouldn’t always listen, but I could always talk to him. But he was a promoter, man. That’s just kind of the way he was.”
Droese also discussed the way McMahon conducted himself:
“With Vince, Vince is a bit of a power freak. He was kind of a megalomaniac, which is part of what I think got him into some of this trouble, man. He thought he was invincible and untouchable.
But he worked very hard. I mean, nobody outworked Vince McMahon in the wrestling business for sure. So you know, it can become like a double-edged sword. You get so much power [that] you become drunk with power, and then you lose track of what got you there and what you need to be doing”
Later this month, VICE TV will be releasing a two-hour documentary about former WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon. “The Nine Lives of Vince McMahon” will reportedly premiere on Tuesday, October 18 at 8:00 PM ET.