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Former World Champion Accuses Vince McMahon Of Micromanaging Him

Sabu punches ECW World Champion The Big Show ECW on Sci-Fi 2006

Sabu has ridiculed Vince McMahon for the way he manages WWE Superstar, finding particular annoyance at McMahon wanting talent to have everything approved before their matches.

Officially signing with WWE in 2006, Sabu debuted for Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment behemoth at the second ECW One Night Stand. It was there that he wrestled a classic ECW-style encounter with Rey Mysterio over Mysterio’s World Heavyweight Championship.

‘The Human Highlight Reel’ didn’t last particularly long in his WWE tenure, being released from his contract eleven months after he debuted. Despite his short longevity in the company, Sabu still has some negative opinions surrounding Vince McMahon.

The former two-time ECW World Champion recently spoke with Title Match Wrestling, criticising the way in which the WWE patriarch would micromanage his roster:

“I go, ‘I don’t know what I’m gonna do exactly.’ He goes, ‘You gotta.’ I go, ‘No, I don’t. Some of my best stuff is spontaneous.’ ‘But not here, you can’t be that way. It’s gotta be programmed and approved.’ I said, ‘Argh, I can’t live like that. I can’t have to get approval for everything I do’.”

Sabu stayed with WWE until the following May, wrestling his final match under the WWE banner on ECW’s 1 May 2007 broadcast. He lost a four-way match to Rob Van Dam, which also involved The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer. Just a few weeks before this, however, the quartet comprised The ECW Originals stable at WrestleMania 23.

They defeated The New Breed at ‘The Showcase of the Immortals’, with Sabu also commenting on Vince McMahon’s approach to this contest:

“WrestleMania, we had to go over a match three days in advance. Monday Night Raw, you’ve gotta go over your match from probably noon to I go out to the ring, which is too much for me also. But three days before a match is really ridiculous, super ridiculous.”

Although Sabu didn’t achieve much success in WWE, he managed to reach World Champion status in Extreme Championship Wrestling, not only with the company’s World Heavyweight Championship, but with the World Television and World Tag Team Championships, too. This made him the company’s second Triple Crown Champion, behind only Mikey Whipwreck.

Having enjoyed numerous stints on the independent circuit and in IMPACT Wrestling, where he contested the inaugural Barbed Wire Massacre vs. Abyss in 2005, Sabu announced his formal retirement from professional wrestling in November 2021.

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