WWE Hall Of Famer The Godfather has reflected on taking out his frustrations in WWE on Steven Richards and says he’d apologise to the former ECW star if he saw him today.
Charles Wright has played no shortage of characters during his WWE Hall Of Fame career. First joining the company as Papa Shango, Wright transitioned into the Supreme Fighting Machine joining Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation in the mid-nineties.
Life in another faction began as Kama became Kame Mustafa in Faarooq’s rebooted Nation of Domination. From there, as that group dispersed Kama transformed into The Godfather – a fun-loving pimp that was never too far away from a horde of ladies.
A perfect fit for the Attitude Era, where nearly anything went, The Godfather character began to look out of place as WWE began the new millennium. With the FCC not letting WWE be, Vince McMahon created a pastiche of the Parents Television Council, another group that was publicly unhappy with some of WWE’s more mature presentations – the Right To Censor.
Led by the puritanical Steven Richards, the group swelled in numbers as Richards persuaded the likes of Bull Buchanan, Ivory, and Val Venis to join his mission. Perhaps the most surprising addition to the group saw The Godfather drop his ladies and gain an ‘o’ as he became The Goodfather.
Speaking on Cheap Heat Productions podcast The Godfather explained why he wasn’t happy with his change in direction and how he misguidedly took that anger out on Steven Richards:
“To this day, I’ve never really been a bully in my life, (but) I took it out – even though it wasn’t his fault, I took it out on Steven Richards and I was really mean to him. He was the one I blamed (for the Goodfather gimmick) but it was not his fault. If I ever see him, I’m going to apologise for being that mean.”
“I was just kind of mean. I took it out on him that I wasn’t The Godfather. I just wasn’t a nice person and he knew I wasn’t a nice person to him. If I ever see him, I’ll apologise because it wasn’t his fault.”
The Godfather has previously discussed WWE Chairman Vince McMahon telling him he was fighting to save his beloved character but the times were changing:
“Vince would tell me at TV ‘Yo Charles, I’m fighting for you I’m fighting for you.’ But it got to the point where I couldn’t be on Saturdays, or Sunday mornings, I couldn’t be on before 10 o’clock at night. I couldn’t say this, I couldn’t say this, the girls had to be covered it just got really stupid after a while, but yeah I wasn’t happy at all. I wasn’t, at that point, I was done.”