Gerald Brisco had a WWE Hall Of Fame career in the ring, spending many of his years wrestling by the side of his brother Jack. In the mid-eighties, Brisco stepped away from the ring and could very well have been placed in the Hall Of Fame again for his backstage contributions to WWE.
As one of Vince McMahon’s right-hand-men as McMahon grew the then-World Wrestling Federation into a national and then global brand, Gerald Brisco is more qualified than most to give his thoughts on the type of people McMahon likes to work with.
Speaking to Drew Rice on The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Brisco lifted the lid on what it was like working at the company for thirty-six years.
“You know, I got an education at Oklahoma State, but I got a damn Ph.D. working for thirty-six years at the WWE and WWF. It’s amazing. I learned TV, I learned international promotion, I learned international booking, I learned so much from that organization. It was an education working there because of the people Vince McMahon surrounded [himself] with. . . [Vince] surrounded himself with the top people of every form of entertainment and put them all under one roof and said, ‘Okay, I want you guys to come together. This is the vision, let’s do it.’”
“And those damn guys went out and did it, and if they couldn’t do the job he got rid of them and got somebody else. He got a lot of heat for that, but that’s a businessman. You get the best people in there and if you think you got the best, and he’s not the best, then you get rid of him and you get that guy that is the best. That’s how Vince does business and that’s how he got so damn successful.”
Gerald Brisco then gave short shrift to the notion held by some that the WWE Chairman surrounds himself with ‘Yes men.’ Brisco believes nothing is further from the truth and the employees with longevity are the ones that aren’t afraid to disagree with McMahon.
“People who have been around [Vince] know this, Vince don’t surround himself with yes people. And I disagreed with him. I had verbal arguments with him because I didn’t agree with a lot of stuff, and he didn’t agree with me. And the guys that stuck around with Vince the longest are guys that disagreed with Vince the most, probably.”
One man who is also known for not shying away from a lively debate with McMahon is the current Special Counsel to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman. Heyman has previously worked in creative roles and was recently Executive Director of Raw for a short spell. Brisco says that Heyman will always say his piece but cautions that you can’t always disagree with the boss.
“Well Paul ain’t a kiss ass, but Paul will also argue his point. If he has a really strong point he wants to make, Paul’s not going to just take an ass-chewing and walk out without saying his piece. Paul has been around a long time. And like I said, Paul’s not an ass-kisser, but he’s a smart enough man to know what hill to die on.”
“They’re two different characters. One acts differently [than the other]. You can’t disagree with the boss, in any profession, constantly, 24/7. He’s the boss for a reason.”