Speaking ahead of his triumphant return to WWE at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Todd Pettengill opened up about his relationship with Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn.
Todd Pettengill featured heavily for WWE as a backstage correspondent and show host during the mid 1990’s before leaving the company in 1997. The New Yorker was replaced by Michael Cole, a man who he recommended for the job.
During his time with WWE, Pettengill became synonymous with the ‘In Your House’ events, something which led to his return at the 2021 edition of the now NXT special.
Ahead of his fleeting WWE return, Pettengill sat down with The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast to reflect on his time with the company.
During the conversation, the radio host discussed his relationship with Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn. He described McMahon as “genuine and helpful” adding that he was “very chill.”
“He was always genuine and helpful,” Pettengill said about Vince. “I didn’t get any of the ‘he’s a nightmare.’ Here’s a guy who has taken a regional business to a multi-billion dollar property. You have to make business decisions when you do that. Maybe that rubs people wrong, but I always respected that. If he had to correct you, he did it politely and professionally. That was his job, he’s the boss. It was always constructive and came from a place of wanting the product to be better. I never had a problem with it or had words or ever saw him yell at anyone. He’s a soft-spoken guy and very chill. People I talk to says he’s still the same, but you get a reputation. I never saw it. He was always great with me.”
Pettengill then turned his attention to Kevin Dunn, someone he called “a good friend.”
“Kevin is terrific. If we were responsible for content for 130 countries every week, we probably wouldn’t do interviews either. He doesn’t have the time. I don’t know how he does it. We became very good friends and we used to talk a lot. We haven’t over these years, but I know that if I need to talk to him, I could pick up the phone and he’d answer. He has so much responsibility and the product is terrific.”
NXT TakeOver: In Your House saw Karrion Kross, Raquel Gonzalez, MSK and Bronson Reed all retain their respective championships. While LA Knight climbed the golden ladder to success to claim the Million Dollar Championship.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.