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Freddie Prinze Jr Recalls Natalya Hitting Harry Smith In Promo Class


Freddie Prinze Jr has recalled Natalya hitting Harry Smith with the hardest shot he’s ever heard during a WWE promo class.

During his time with WWE, Freddie Prinze Jr worked backstage as part of the creative team and as a producer. These roles also saw him help deliver promo classes, putting his acting and production experience to good use.

During one of these sessions things reportedly got a little heated between Natalya and Harry Smith, also known as Davey Boy Smith Jr. Recalling the incident on his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, Prinze Jr explained that there were only two main rules in the classes.

“We’re in promo class. The rules are there are no make out sessions allowed and there is no beating each other up. These seem like reasonable requests as far as acting coach and the talent in the room. I feel like everyone should be able to follow these rules. Apparently not,”

Freddie then recounted how Smith deviated from the script in an effort to rile Natalya up, it apparently worked as the former Women’s Champion planted punch on Smith’s jaw.

It was little Nattie Neidhart who decided to break out. Her and Harry are in there. It’s repetition and they’re going back and forth about…I don’t remember. ‘You ain’t shit. No, you ain’t shit.’ Whatever it was. They are going back and forth and they’re getting closer and closer. Everyone knows there is no chance of any [kissing] because TJ has been with Nattie forever.

I’m like, ‘this is weird, where is this going?’ We’re doing points, so if you change up the sentence, the other person gets a point and it’s over when one person gets three points. They change it up and he says something to Nattie about, ‘That’s why you are where you are and I am where I am.’ Nattie just — Richard Pryor had a joke about wanting to be a boxer until he got hit with a hook and it goes, ‘I saw his hand start down in Mississippi, it gained speed through Texas,’

I’m watching Nattie throw this right hand and it’s like a John Wu movie. It’s full slow motion, I’m pretty sure a bunch of doves took flight behind it. Harry’s hands are by his side and he’s sticking his chin out like ‘What.’ Nattie’s hook, and open hand hook, it’s like a Godfather slap. WAPOW! It sounds like two two-by-fours smashing together, simulating a gunshot. Everyone in the class gasps. I jump out of my seat and go, ‘WHAT THE F.’ I’m not mad, I’m scared. It’s the loudest shot I’ve ever heard in my life.

Harry looks at me with a friggin smile on his face like, ‘Bro, it’s all good,’ like nothing happened. To this day, I’ve never heard anyone get hit that hard in my life. I’m including UFC kicks. That ain’t shit compared to this Canadian right hand that gained speed through Alberta and made contact in whatever city we were in”

At the time Natalya was teaming with Smith and her husband TJ Wilson as The Hart Dynasty. Harry Smith returned to WWE in July 2021 but was released on November 4th without appearing on television.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.