Former WWE star and Mean Street Posse member Pete Gas has revealed his surprise at being paid by Shane McMahon and thought his work for WWE was all for free.
Pete Gas, Rodney, and Joey Abs comprised the Mean Street Posse in WWE, a group of supposed boyhood friends of Shane McMahon from the “mean streets” of Greenwich, Connecticut brought into the company to watch the back of McMahon.
Speaking to WWE Hall Of Famers Gerald Brisco and JBL on Stories With Brisco and Bradshaw, Pete Gas revealed he thought he was working for free as a favour to McMahon until he was tossed an envelope after WrestleMania 15:
“After that first WrestleMania, he [Shane McMahon] called us [The Mean Street Posse] back in the office and he gave us those envelopes. We’re like, ‘What’s this?’ He goes, ‘It’s your pay, a**holes.’ That’s what he said. We didn’t think we were gonna get paid. We thought we were doing it for free, so for all the vignettes and all the other things we did, we got money for it. We were gonna do it for free there, we were doing them a favour. But obviously, we needed the money, so it was good.”
Pete Gas did grow up with Shane McMahon and says his relationship with the boss’s son made things hard when he joined the company:
“We grew up in his house, for the most part, and then to be able to help him out and pay him back… Listen, I know a lot of people used to give us sh*t because of the way we got into the business. If we didn’t do our jobs and try hard and put people over and do everything, we wouldn’t have been there two weeks.”