Wednesday, June 21, 2023

the last book I ever read (Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America, excerpt ten)

from Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:

Vince demanded more wrestling with the Boys. They indulged him, carefully. “We were pretty friendly and gentle with him,” Bret says. “Playful. And I think Vince liked that, that we played around with him.”

That is, until Vince knocked down Hercules Hernandez (Raymond Fernandez). “Hercules was pretty drunk and probably not the smartest guy in the world,” Bret recalls. “He got really mad.” Hernandez suplexed Vince and threw him backward in the air—almost to the ceiling. “Vince was out of control, he’s in the air, upside down, in a dangerous, reckless way.”

Vince landed on Earl Hebner’s rollaway bed. Oh my god, Bret thought, do you realize you’re throwing the boss that writes your check every week?

“I remember Vince looking at Herc and thinking he just locked that thought into his head,” Bret says, “that the only thing he’ll remember of this whole night is to fire that guy tomorrow.”

And he did. “I never saw Herc again after that TV taping that week,” Bret says.

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