BRUCE PRICHARD INTERVIEW
Bruce Prichard is a professional wrestling personality perhaps best known as a manager and producer for World Wrestling Entertainment. As a manager for the promotion, Prichard performed under the ring name Brother Love and served as the original manager of The Undertaker.
Twinmusix got to speak to Bruce about his upcoming tour and more
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour and meet and greet?
BP - well first of all it is going to be a one man tour. I am going to be there by myself so it is going to be a one man show. I am going to be telling stories about my life and 45 years in the wrestling business with 22 of those years being next chairman of the WWE and the creator Vince McMahon. I will be telling you a lot of the behind-the-scenes stories and a lot of stories that we aren't able to tell on the podcast.
A little more salacious may involve some drugs and some different things. We will also have a lot of fan interaction where I will be taking questions from the audience and depending on where they go with the questions that will drive the show in different directions. There will be some singing and maybe a little dancing but main thing is it's going to be a lot of fun.
TM - What type of singing?
BP - I sing a couple of songs I have a couple of my hits with my baby tonight And the mailman song so you never know if the mood strikes.
TM - That is Awesome, I didn't know you were a singer. I can't wait to hear it.
TM - Scott Williams was going to help write something to wrestle but passed away do you think you will finish that book?
BP - I think we will finish that book, we are working with another writer now and seeing what he comes up with and take it from there.
TM - I can't wait to read it, all the research I have done has been really interesting.
TM - You do a podcast with Conrad Thompson for those who haven't sent to your podcast what do you talk about?
BP - I talk about 45 years in the wrestling business and behind the scenes stories. For so many years wrestling fans got what they saw on television they saw the stories unfold but never really understood what was taking place. The podcast takes you behind the scenes and being a producer for all those years as well as a talent I just thought you would like know what really happened for even the wrestling fan that was in the note.
The only other source of information they had what I like to call dirt sheets or gossip sheets, People would write what was just rumoured innuendo. It is the first time that someone who was actually the business came out and told all the behind the scenes stories.
TM - Can you tell us the story behind "Something to Wrestle"?
BP - Paul Boesch was the wrestling promoter in Houston Texas and paul is the one who broke me into the wrestling business. He use to have pads on his desk that said something to wrestle with from paul Boesch. I always loved that phrase and My Notepad to this day say Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard. I have always loved the phrase Something to Wrestle with and it has something to do with what I do. Here is something to wrestle with think about this and here's the other side what happened when I let people come to their own conclusions.
TM - You do voices of guys telling stories in your podcast in character, you do Dusty and Vince as well as a range of others. Do you think you'll bring that to the stage as well?
BP - Definitely you are going to get every one of the charactertures because I do not do a real good impersonation.
TM - What is your favourite character to do?
BP - I probably slip into Dusty the most, that is the most natural one to do because I was around them so much. I can do Dusty and Vince without even thinking about it, I just fall into it sometimes when I'm telling a story I will become the person I'm telling a story about.
TM - Can you explain Global Wrestling Foundation for those who don't know?
BP - The Global Wrestling Foundation was a grid out of Dallas Texas that had a time slot on ESPN the sports network. They produce wrestling out of the legendary sportatorium in Dallas Texas.
I was only there for about 6 or 7 months and it was a time that I had been let go been fired from the WWF, in between my gig there I went away and did a little bit of work done on their character and helped write the television show it was a sabbatical a small federation a small promotion by ever had good national TV.
TM - It was on ESPN every day who do you think was the best new Talent to come out of that program?
BP - I think the biggest Stars coming out of that would have been the Patriot and Del Wilkes Eddie Gilbert was probably the biggest star. Eddie was someone who had worked for the different territories over the years but also coming out of that was x-pac the 123 kid. When he started a he was 18 years old he was the lightning kid and coming out of it he was the biggest star to come out of it.
TM - How do you remember Del as The Patriot and how do you think he will go down in wrestling history?
BP - Del was a unique peformer, he was probably a bigger performer wearing the mask than not wearing the mask. He was a good looking guy not wearing the mask except his personality didn't come across. You would put a mask on him and all of a sudden his personality was huge, he was unique in that regard but he was just one of those unique special talents had a great body and a great look and did well for himself.
TM - You were the original manager for The Undertaker, what were you highlights working with him and can you tell us a story?
BP - I think this be able to come up and create that character. I was the bad guy and viewed myself as being as pure as the driven snow and wanted to create a character that was exactly the opposite that was black and dark as night. They came up with Kane The Undertaker so I came up with Kane. The Undertaker first man to commit murder Kane murdered his own brother that was the idea behind it. I go back and look at the some of the time with him and it was great because that was so unique and different to anyone else on the card. He wrestled differently, he talked differently and moved differently but we had a lot of fun over the years travelling up and down the road.
We got lost one time in the wrong part of town and when we pulled over to ask for Direction they could not see the Undertaker that was driving because the car seat was pushed back, this guy came up and started to try and get money out of me and threaten me. The Undertaker sat up almost like he does on television and looks at the guy and the guy who was threatening me said that guy looks like he just killed somebody and started bike pedaling and gave us very good directions to get out of his Neighborhood.
TM - There are two different titles due to Branding the WWE world championship and the WWE universal championship, how do you think this has affected the industry and what's your view on the two Titles?
BP - I think they are basically to represent different brands the RAWW brand which is on Monday night and it has been the star were brand for WWE for so long and that's the universal championship and the SmackDown brand is just the WWE Championships.
It is a way to differentiate the two brand Smack Down and Raw a lot of people would argue that the universal championship was more prominent then the WWE Championship. I think they are each equal in their own vein especially the lady business has evolved as in both shows have different rosters and each championship represents the best on each roster.
TM - When Stone Cold was on the rise he was put into the Intercontinental Championship match at SummerSlam with Owen Hart who accidentally dropped him on his head and broke his neck and he was out of wrestling for a year. when you saw that happen did you know something wrong was wrong and why you worried about it?
BP - You knew something was wrong immediately because he was unable to get up or move and the way he had his hands we knew that something was wrong but he quickly gathered himself and was able to finish the match. It was a pretty scary situation because you were watching one of your top stars at that time and did not know, I do not think anyone knew the extent of his injury till a few weeks after that it just took time to figure out how bad he really was.
TM - What are your thoughts on the Australian wrestling team and where do you think we will be in the next five years?
PB - I am not that familiar with the wrestling scene right now in Australia, but back in the fifties, sixties and seventies the Australian wrestling scene was quite important to the landscape of wrestling because there was a promoter there by the name of Jim Burdette who brought televised wrestling to Australia. He was was one of the most influential men in the wrestling business so throughout the years if you were able to make it in Australia that means you can make it anywhere in the road. In history Australia was one of those places it was coveted it was a place you really wanted to go but I am not that up to date with it and haven't followed it much recently.
TM - Do you think there's a gap in the market that could fill that spot?
BP - I do I think if there is something for people to rally around and watch and support the more talent there is out there the better it is for everyone.
TM - What did you love about being Brother Love?
BP - I could lose myself in the character and I could go out and say things that Bruce normally wouldn't say so it was a way to vent and be a character and be someone else. Being a producer behind the senes you create everyone on the screen who play all these different characters but when you're protrain the character yourself as just an outlet it is a lot of fun.
TM - What did you like about working behind the secene at the WWE are there any highlights you can tell us?
BP - The creation and being able to play so many different parts when you are behind the scenes. It is almost like being a puppeteer, you can manipulate and tell stories and I love to tell stories. It is fun and the intensity in the constant change you have to evolve all you will die and I love change and love trying to keep up and try to be ahead of the Curve and that is the challenge when you are producing.
TM - Can you tell us the story about being backstage?
BP - There was an instance when Stone Cold Steve Austin was driving a zamboni one of those machines that comes out and flattens the ice. Steve came around the corner and when he did they were pipes and Drapes set up backstage. He came around the corner the pipes and Drapes covered his face and he couldn't see. Steve had the pedal to the metal and was going as fast as he could.
I was the only one sitting against the wall and it was the last bash before everybody would go out. Steve comes in the zamboni hits my table and if it had been a foot closer he would have just plowed me into the wall but luckily he hit it hit the table and turned up the last minute the thing out of his space and I lived to tell the story that was a good thing.
TM - My last question is, Do you prefer Brother Love of or do you prefer working backstage at the WWE?
BP - Both sides introducing and being behind the camera and creating for more than just myself so that probably is my favourite producing more than anything.
TM - Awesome, Thank you so much for this interview today. We can't wait to see you in Australia. I am also excited to read your new book, hopefully it will be out soon. You have very interesting stories and I can't wait to listen to them in Sydney.
BP - Thank you for this interview, see you in Sydney.