Bruce Prichard Comments On His Issues With The Rock & Mankind's 'This Is Your Life' Segment
On a recent episode of 'Something to Wrestle' with Co-hosts Conrad Thompson & Bruce Prichard, on the topic of the 'This is your Life' Segment with the Rock and Mankind from WWE RAW in 1999, Prichard had some not so rosy things to say about the segment in general.
"I've never watched it since I watched it live that night," Prichard said. "I was so pissed off. I was pissed off at [Vince] Russo, I was pissed off at Rock, I was pissed off at Foley, I was pissed off at anybody that was standing in front of me. It went more than 14 minutes, it went 14 minutes heavy over its allotted time."
According to Prichard, the backstage talent weren't fans of the segment as well.
"Here's the thing - okay great, after the fact, it did a great rating. But the effect it had on the rest of the television show was horrendous because now you're having two and three minute segments and matches are getting cut. Essentially, they went two segments over. That is one of my pet peeves with writers. Russo didn't care; he didn't have to re-write it and he didn't have to fix it.
"It really wasn't great. The after-effect it has on the rest of the show, and other talent are pissed off, and you're live - there's only so much you can do. I was pissed off at everybody because I didn't think it was good. It was disrespectful to the rest of the talent on the show, disrespectful to the rest of us that had to fix it. It screwed everything else up down the line. Plus, it wasn't good."
Prichard went on to say that the segment was most likely Mick Foley's idea.
"I think it was Mick Foley's idea," Prichard said. "Its very similar to what we did with Steve [Austin] and Mick with the Mankind thing. This was something that was going to hopefully have a little longer shelf life, and both guys showed they had a chemistry working against each other, so the Rock n' Sock connection began. [They were] always highly entertaining and always ready to step up to the plate."
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