Duke ‘The Dumpster’ Droese Opens Up On Relationship With Vince McMahon

Duke 'The Dumpster' Droese

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.

h/t Wrestling Inc for the transcription