Former WWF Announcer Mike McGuirk says Vince McMahon was a Father Figure

Feb 11, 2014 - by Steve Gerweck


Former WWE ring announcer Mike McGuirk joined the VOC Nation Radio
Network IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks to discuss her beginnings in
wrestling, working with Vince McMahon, working in the 1980s and more.

The entire interview can be heard at on the “IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks” show. IN THE ROOM airs
Tuesdays at 9PM ET; coming up on Tuesday 2/11/14: Tag Team legend
Devon Dudley.

Here are some highlights of the interview:

On her start: My dad ran wrestling promotions in the Midwest –
Tennessee, Oklahoma, etc. “Vince was looking to take his product
worldwide, and in order to support what was happening on television,
he had to run live (shows) everywhere (across the country). Terry
Garvin called my parents in 1984 and told them that Vince wanted to
start running shows in our area, and asked if we had a wrestling
ring. By that time, my dad was out of the business and I needed to
make a living. I started that way, by just providing the ring. It
started growing.”

On how she started ring announcing: “They originally had a male
ring announcer from the radio. I was doing the timekeeping. They
came to me and (asked me to do it). I was trying to feed 2 kids. No
disrespect to Mel (Phillips), but I went to Vince and I sold myself
as having a product that was unique at the time. There were no
divas. It was just hard work and what you could add to the show. I
grew up defending this business. It’s what put the clothes on my
back. I am very fortunate to be a part of that.”

On unscripted promos: ‘When I wasn’t working in front of the
camera, my job was to produce the promos in the back. Vince
doesn’t let you sit around. He’s always going to find something
for you to do. The talent at the time wasn’t scripted; the only
thing they knew is their opponent and where the show was going to

On Vince McMahon: “Unbelievable. When I first met Vince at his
home, he told me that he knew how tough my past was (with Bill Watts,
and being divorced from B Brian Blair), and he knew that I was
proving myself my entire life to my dad. He told me that he was
giving me three wishes, and he would grant them for me. He told me
that if I did what I was supposed to do, I would be there forever.
He was very close to a father figure to me. (McGuirk said she would
still be there if I wanted to keep up with the travel).”

On the party lifestyle of wrestling in the 1980s: “It was like
living the life of a rockstar. (Hulk Hogan) rented a room and there
were women passed out in the bathroom. One was in the bathtub on
ice. I asked about her, and they said not to worry about her,
she’d be fine.”

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