Former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. has claimed that WWE was looking for FOX to buy the whole company before signing a billion-dollar deal to show SmackDown on the network.
Prinze Jr. is a Hollywood icon that has starred in movies ranging from I Know What You Did Last Summer to Scooby-Doo.
The actor also spent two spells working for WWE, first in 2008 as a member of the creative team for SmackDown and then again between 2010 and 2012 as a producer and director.
Speaking on his Wrestling With Freddie podcast from iHeart Media’s My Cultra Network, the actor revealed that a friend of his worked at FOX and revealed WWE wanted the media behemoth to buy the company lock, stock, and barrel:
“I was talking to a dude who was interviewing to be their COO or the dude they wanted to interview. They ended up going with Nick Khan, [my friend] had passed, [he] just wanted to talk to me about the company. We were talking about the brand and he goes, ‘they wanted us to buy the whole product.'”
“He was an executive at FOX. ‘They wanted us to buy the whole brand, but the number they wanted wasn’t a number we were going to pay, so we licensed SmackDown instead.’ I said, ‘Were you even considering the job?’ ‘No, I just wanted to talk to you and make sure I wasn’t crazy and losing my mind.’ ‘It’s a crazy place to work. You have a nice job in LA, your family is in LA, stay in LA.’ I knew they were going to sell a long time ago off that and that hit me like a ton of bricks.”