Freddie Prinze Jr. has revealed the one word that was guaranteed to make former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon fly into a rage.
During his time in charge of WWE Vince McMahon became somewhat infamous for instance on certain words and phrases being used across company broadcasts.
This meant that wrestlers became “Superstars,” belts were championships, and if someone got hurt, they went to the “local medical facility.” McMahon later explained that much of this was done in an effort to make the company standout from the competition, mainly during the 1980’s and 90’s.
Speaking on his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. recalled tying to navigate these rules while putting together promos. During the conversation, the writer who worked with WWE on two occasions, said that the word “strap” was guaranteed to cause McMahon to boil over.
“You weren’t even allowed to say ‘belt’ when Vince McMahon was running things,” Prinze said. “You had to say ‘title’ or ‘championship.’ I think those were the only two things you could say.”
“If you said ‘strap,’ oh, Vince would just go off, man. ‘Aw, godd*****, did he just say strap? Jesus Christ, promo s***,'” Prinze said in his best McMahon impersonation. “He would go off on one word, and the rest of the promo would be dope, and he wouldn’t even hear it.”
Since McMahon left the company in July, WWE stars have been given more freedom with promos, while all commentary teams are also given more scope to react naturally to the events in the ring.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is currently trying to put together his own wrestling promotion and recently confirmed that he had made an offer to Bray Wyatt. Despite this, the star is expected to return to WWE in the very near future.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.