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Rene Dupree Recalls Vince McMahon Banning Dog From Backstage

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Rene Dupree has recalled his dog Fifi biting a fellow WWE Superstar which resulted in his fluffy companion being banned from the backstage area.

Following his run as part of La Resistance alongside Rob Conway and Sylvain Grenier, Rene Dupree was drafted to SmackDown in March 2004. As Dupree attempted to establish himself as a singles star on the blue brand, he came to be joined on-screen by a dog named Fifi.

However, Fifi’s presence quickly started causing problems backstage, with the French poodle biting Hiroko Suzuki.

Speaking on his Cafe de Rene podcast, the former Tag Team Champion recalled Vince McMahon telling him to “get rid of the f**king dog” after the incident.

“Fifi bit Hiroko,” said Dupree. “She was in her geisha makeup, right? Then she went to pet the dog. The dog got scared and bit her on the lip, and that’s when Vince said, ‘Get rid of the f**king dog.’ No more Fifi – she was done after that. A good run.”

Although many may have assumed that Fifi was Dupree’s real-life pet, that wasn’t the case. The former WWE Superstar said that at one point, he was using a different dog every week.

“Dude, every week it was a different dog, every week,” Dupree recalled. “One night we had one, I think it was in Wisconsin, it was bright pink – pink hair, pink nails – and they put it on Velocity! I’m thinking, ‘This is a pay-per-view dog! This is ratings! Let me come out with this f**king thing or do an angle.’”

Rene Goguen signed with WWE in 2002, where he was given the name Rene Dupree. The Canadian star made his main roster debut as part of La Resistance a little over a year later. Dupree won the Tag Team Titles alongside Sylvain Grenier just two months after debuting, before the team split in 2004.

Dupree remained with WWE until 2007 when he was released at his own request.

H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.