Former WWE Superstar Tony Nese has recalled WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s baffling reaction to his ring gear prompting the boss to ask “is he wearing a bra?”
Tony Nese was a fixture on the 205 Live brand of WWE after competing in the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Nese captured the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania 35 by defeating Buddy Murphy but this was to prove the apex of Nese’s WWE career.
On the 25th of June 2021 The Premiere Athlete along with several other members of the 205 Live roster were released from their WWE contracts as part of ongoing cost-cutting in the company.
Recently Tony Nese has been seen sitting at ringside at AEW shows. Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Nese says he still wants to be The Premiere Athlete and discussed Vince McMahon’s unfortunate reaction to some ring gear of his that had Nese throwing it straight in the trash:
“So The Premiere Athlete is still going to be who I am and what I represent. But I do want it to be a little bit more of a serious thing rather than ‘Hey look at my abs.’ I love being booed and flexing, but at the same time, I switched up my look to where I am wearing more branded stuff.”
“In WWE, I was just trying to pop by getting gear that just looked good. I wore a jacket because they told me I needed something up top. They said ‘You should wear something, but don’t cover up anything.’ For one show I wore a He-Man type thing, but nobody thought it looked cool, Vince said ‘Is he wearing a bra out there?'”
“Straight after I heard that, I threw it into the garbage. But now, I think this is getting old and it doesn’t represent me, I want to be taken more seriously. I want to be my own brand, that’s the attitude I’m going in with. I still will be kissing my biceps and flexing though.”
No official confirmation from All Elite Wrestling has been made in regards to Tony Nese’s status with the company but becoming All Elite seems to be in The Premiere Athlete’s future.