Freddie Prinze on Working WWE Creative with Vince McMahon, Booking Jeff Hardy, Nixed Plans, More
– A recent episode of Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast features actor and former WWE creative writer Freddie Prinze Jr., who was signed by WWE in 2007. The two sides parted ways in February of 2009. You can hear the full interview at this link.
Freddie, who said working for WWE was a dream job, was responsible for the reinvention of “The” Brian Kendrick and then Jeff Hardy during his WWE Title run. Jericho asked how Freddie was able to get Hardy to trust him, as Jeff is a notorious loner who tends to keep to himself. Freddie tried to be entirely open and honest with Jeff. He said they discussed taboo subjects including drugs and alcohol, death, and suicide. Freddie also wrote for The Undertaker and Kane, revealing that Vince McMahon was more involved with Kane’s promos than any other WWE star. Prinze said, “If I wrote Kane was going to ‘destroy someone,’ he’d say, ‘Kane wouldn’t say that. Kane would obliterate someone.'” Freddie added that Vince is 127 years old but works like he’s in his 70s.
The “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scooby-Doo” actor was soon put with Alberto Del Rio and told that Mexicans needed to hate him. Freddie said Del Rio was very nervous but wanted to impress Vince, so he was up for whatever worked. Freddie also said he wrote a farewell storyline for Edge, that ended up nixed due to his injury and sudden retirement. The original plan was to have Christian make a big heel turn and force Edge to retire.
Prinze also discussed how he got into WWE, when John Cena approved of him being there, why he liked working with The Miz and lots more in the full interview.
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