Former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz has recalled revealing his superfandom of the company to Stephanie McMahon – but her reaction wasn’t what he was expecting.
Gewirtz served on WWE’s writing team from the early 2000s until his firing in October 2012, eventually rising to become the head writer of the company. Unlike other members of the team, though, Brian was actually already a fan of WWE, which seemed to benefit his career.
Brian Gewirtz has opened up to BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani about telling Stephanie McMahon of his love of WWE through referencing her prior angle with the Undertaker:
“When Stephanie first gave me the tour backstage, and I said something like, ‘Hey, I’m just glad you’re not sacrificed to the Undertaker,’ something like that, something incredibly dumb. She smiled and said, ‘Oh you’re a fan! Oh good, thank goodness!’
Because you could be one of the best television writers in the business, but if you’re going into that machine with no knowledge at all of the characters, and the wrestlers, and the history of the product, then you’ve really got an uphill battle. It’s not impossible, but it’s really really difficult.”
Real pleasure to speak with former WWE head writer @bfg728 this week.
We covered a ton, including:
* his new book
* working with the McMahons
* Vince McMahon’s departure
* inside stories from back in the day
* relationship with @TheRock
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 11, 2022
The segment referenced by Brian Gewirtz was from Raw’s 26 April 1999 broadcast. Aided by his Ministry of Darkness stable, the Undertaker kidnapped Stephanie McMahon in a bid to force her into a marriage.
Brian Gewirtz was surprisingly fired as Raw’s head writer during the 8 October 2012 broadcast of the red brand. Vince McMahon made the abrupt call following the abysmal ratings of the prior week, with Gewirtz departing the company altogether three years later to join Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson’s production company.
Gewirtz’s new book – There’s Just One Problem… – is scheduled to hit shelves on Tuesday. This will take a step behind the scenes into Brian’s life as WWE head writer; the official tagline reads, ‘True tales from the former, one-time, the most powerful person in WWE’.