On his last podcast, Konnan singled out Vince McMahon for all the good things he’s done for wrestling over the years, but said he thinks WWE will be better off now that Vince has retired:
“I think WWE will be a lot better because of these people who are there with a fresher look. You have no idea, and I can tell now, how many times I’ve spoken to Rey Mysterio. Literally, like in an hour before the show is about to air, and they change shit about him for the third time, the day of. You got a week to put together a show with how many writers?
“I’m doing the show in Mexico alone. Obviously I don’t have the resources that AEW has. I don’t have the resources that WWE has. I don’t have 18 assistants. I don’t have 18 assistants from production. I don’t have any secretaries. So it’s very easy to say, ‘Well, Konnan does this and Konnan doesn’t do that.’ Yeah, well, I don’t have the fucking tools, man When I get them, you’ll see what the fuck I can do But for what I do, without the resources I have, I think I do a pretty good job. But you know they have all these fucking writers. It’s a monster business and they’re still rewriting shit the same day because of Vince.
Konnan then opened up about meeting WWE a few years ago.
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“Now let me tell you what happened when I talked to him, and I’ll tell you what he told me. OK, so basically he wanted to do a Latin show. It was me, him, Rey Mysterio and Bruce Prichard. The main thing was that for some fucking reason the guy thought I was on cocaine. He asked Bruce and he asked Rey if I still had a cocaine problem. cocaine. They said, this motherfucker doesn’t do cocaine, he smokes weed. You know, so this motherfucker had it in his head that I had a coke problem. Can you believe that?”
“The other thing was, he was like, ‘What’s your relationship with AAA?’ I was like, ‘Well, that’s fine right now. I just want you to know that I’m not leaving AAA under any circumstances to come work for WWE.’ He goes, ‘Why not?’ I said, “Because Vince, I don’t want you to cut budgets or do some bullshit and kick me out and I’m 60 and knocking on AAA’s door asking for money. work. I’m not going to put myself in that position. So I will work with you. I’ll help you however you want, but I’m staying at AAA, just so you know. He said, “Well, I don’t usually work like this, but we’ll see.” I immediately knew it was done, but the conversation continued.
“I said, ‘With all due respect, Vince, I don’t think you’re exploiting Latin talent in WWE properly. What you’re doing is you’re bringing in Mexicans doing Mexican moves within the confines of an American game. That’s not what Latinos want to see. He actually said that to me and it just jumped out at me and opened my eyes. I thought to myself, ‘Is this guy the best worker in the world or does he really believe what he just told me?’ In fact, he said to me, “Well, that’s why I’m talking to you because nobody wants to hear about an out of touch 70-year-old white man.” Can you believe he said that to me?”
If you use any part of the quotes from this article, please credit Keepin’ It 100 with Konnan with ah/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcript.