Vince McMahon’s supposed hatred for sneezing is one of the WWE Chairman’s most infamous quirks – but Freddie Prinze Jr claims it’s not quite accurate.
As the Chairman of one of the world’s leading sports organisations, Vince McMahon is constantly in the public eye. It’s because of this that several of the boss’ quirks have become common knowledge over the decades.
Unquestionably his oddest quirk is his reported pet peeve of sneezing. A basic occurrence in anyone’s day-to-day life, Vince McMahon has infamously been said to detest anyone sneezing around him.
Freddie Prinze Jr, who has previously worked for WWE, doesn’t think this is quite true. Discussing the topic on his Wrestling With Freddie podcast, the Scooby-Doo actor recognised that although Vince doesn’t particularly like people sneezing around him, who does? (h/t Fightful):
“I don’t think so. If I did, I didn’t care. I mean, it’s a normal thing. I know. I’ve heard all like the ‘ew, gross’ stories and all that. But he just plays it up, you know? He doesn’t like it, but who wants to get sneezed on, who wants to get sick? Nobody.
But I think that’s been blown up more than it actually is. Or when I worked there — at one point it had been a real thing, but even he kind of played it up a little bit, at this point. But I never got in trouble for sneezing.”
It’s previously been stated that Vince McMahon’s weird philosophy surrounding sneezing stems from his workaholic lifestyle. According to the boss, one sneeze can turn into several days off on sick leave. An MMA Hour interview with Paul Heyman saw Heyman that “whole meetings” had been derailed due to Vince sneezing.
“Vince can’t control his sneezing, like all of us, and he doesn’t like things occurring that he can’t control. Many of us found it a source of humour.”
Freddie Prinze Jr worked for WWE’s creative team between 2008 and 2009, and then again as a producer and director between 2010 and 2012. On-screen, he’s been spotted in the crowd for WrestleMania XXIV and was a guest host for Monday Night Raw in August 2009.