WWE Hall of Famer The Godfather, real name Charles Wright, has recalled initially being prevented from appearing on Broken Skull Sessions as he was deemed “too controversial.”
After brief stints in the USWA and a tour of Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling, Wright joined WWE in 1991. Following a series of minor appearances, Wright debuted as Papa Shango in early 1992. While Wright enjoyed a high profile feud with the Ultimate Warrior, the character was dropped in 1993.
The Las Vegas native returned to WWE in 1994 and continued to appear sporadically under the guise of Kama “The Supreme Fighting Machine.” However, it wasn’t until he joined the Nation of Domination in 1997 that Wright landed another high-profile role.
After The Nation imploded, Wright transformed into The Godfather. A pimp, famous for appearing alongside his ‘ho’s.’ Wright later turned his back on his fan-favourite character joining the Right To Censor. While the group later fell apart, Wright triumphantly returned at the 2002 Royal Rumble complete with a lengthy line of female companions. The Godfather left WWE once again at the end of the year.
Speaking on the Such Good Shoot podcast, The Godfather has now revealed that he was initially prevented from appearing the Broken Skull Sessions, where current Superstars and Hall of Famers discuss their careers. Wright said that the show’s host Steve Austin wanted him on the show, long before he actually appeared.
The Attitude Era star who is known as an advocate for marijuana explained that he was deemed “too controversial” at first.
“I’m like, ‘You know what, dude, what are we gonna talk about?’” The Godfather said. “I’m like, ‘You know me, so are we gonna be able to talk about smoking and cannabis?’ He [Steve Austin] goes, ‘Oh yeah.’ I’m like, ‘Can I smoke on the show?’ He says, ‘No, we can’t get away with that. We can talk about it.’ He tried to get me on the show a long time ago but they thought I was a little bit too controversial.”
Godfather eventually appeared on the show on May 30th 2021.
During the conversation, The Godfather also recalled the moment when The Rock told him they could no longer travel together.
The Hall of Famer discussed how he would smoke marijuana on the way to events. As the The Rock was sharing the car with Wright this led to him constantly smelling of marijuana, despite his insistence that he didn’t. Eventually the People’s Champion told Godfather he could no longer travel with him.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.