Bruce Prichard On What It8217s Like Working For Vince McMahon

In an interview with The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast (via Wrestlezone), Bruce Prichard spoke about what it’s actually like to work for WWE CEO Vince McMahon and how it differs from working with Dixie Carter. Here are highlights:

On working with Vince McMahon: “Come join us at 8 o clock in the morning and stay til 11:30 at night. That was only Monday through Sunday every week. Go stay with him [Vince McMahon] 18 hours a day and if you breathe wrong, [McMahon impression] Bruce youre breathing heavy. Or Pat [Patterson] would go out and smoke a cigarette [McMahon impression] Damn it Patrick you smell like smoke.”

On working with Vince compared to Dixie Carter: “I went to work for TNA and Dixie Carter. Id gone to work there, started out just free lancing producing and stuff like that. I eventually took over talent relations and so on and so forth. I was still living in Texas. Their offices are in Tennessee. One Friday about 3:30 in the afternoon, my phone rings and its Dixie Carter. The first thing out of her mouth was, I apologize for calling you so late on a Friday. Im like, Ummmm, its just 3:30. Shes like, I know; but, its Friday. You probably want to go off and be with your family and everything. Im thinking, Its 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. What do you think Im doing? She was apologetic and I just started laughing and I told her then, I could never imagine those words coming out of Vince McMahons mouth, calling me at 2 o clock in the morning. You have no idea how many 2am, 3am, 4am phone calls Ive gotten from the man and the first thing out of his mouth is, What are you doing pal?”

On how the day starts at WWE: “After the salutations, then he just starts up as if you were on the same wave length as him. You would get up at 6:30, 7 o clock in the morning..Vince notoriously would get up earlier than Pat or I did. The phone would ring and he would say, Damn, that 4th match last night. I would say, Vince my eyes are shut. McMahon replies, Goddamn it, what have you been doing all day? Its 6 AM! Thats how your day would start. Youre barely out of bed, the phone is ringing and youd hear the fax machine in the other room and hed say, Match 4. What the hell was going on? Who told them to do this? I dont know Vince. See you in an hour boss. That was the other thing. We were gonna see him in like an hour and a half. There was nothing that could be accomplished between the time he started bitching about it at 6AM and when Id see him at 7:30. Theres nothing that could be done.”

On McMahon’s sleep habits: “Hed probably get a couple of hours of sleep before hed wake up to do cardio. He takes like 30 minute power naps every once in awhile. Ive gotten alcohol poisoning two times in my life, both times with Vince McMahon. The first time drinking moon shine and the second time was just a crazy night and I remember Vince coming to me and going, Brucie, what are those buses like? Those were the early days of the rock n roll buses we had for the cameramen and the ring crew guys. Actually theyre pretty nice. McMahon said, Get everybody off. Well take a nap in there. We would go and just 30 minutes. He would go nap. He goes out and when he wakes up hes like, Goddamn lets go. Holy cow that was good! Good times, huh? You know what? I think I got an extra minute there. I think that made a difference.”

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