Bruce Prichard has discussed Linda McMahon’s reluctance to perform at WrestleMania 2000 and how she wasn’t a natural fit in that aspect unlike the rest of the McMahon family.
Prior to late 90s and early 2000s, Linda McMahon was a background figure and certainly not a regular on-screen talent. That changed in a big way as the main event of WrestleMania 2000 featured the four McMahons each picking someone to represent them in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for the WWF Championship.
Speaking on Something To Wrestle, Bruce Prichard has revealed that the matriarch of the family wasn’t a natural fit for the in-ring environment:
“I think when you looked at – the real question is what the hell Linda was doing there more than anything. Linda was the reluctant performer of the group and as we’ll see a year later in the storyline with Linda in the wheelchair, Linda stole the show in the group.”
Prichard also spoke to how she compares to the rest of the family in terms of her comfortability being in-ring:
“Linda was the one you looked at the most and said, ‘Ah, which one doesn’t belong here in the performing area?’ It was something I don’t think [she] enjoyed doing, but the rest of them, it kind of was peanut butter and jelly. They fit like a glove in the business. They were just naturals. They belong.”
At WrestleMania 2000, each of the McMahons would be in the corner of a competitor: Vince would be behind The Rock; Shane would support The Big Show; Stephanie would, unsurprisingly, stand by the champion and her husband Triple H; whilst Linda’s chosen competitor was a returning Mick Foley.
Linda McMahon would also feature in a storyline where she was apparently wheelchair-bound. This led to her interfering in the Vince McMahon versus Shane McMahon match at WrestleMania X-Seven. She also was on the receiving end of the signature move of Stone Cold Steve Austin, during one of her many on-screen appearances.
Credit for the interview: Something To Wrestle
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc