In the latest ‘Wrestling with Freddie’ podcast, former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. explained why he’s in love with female wrestlers who are physical specimens, praising Jade Cargill, Nicole Bass, Chyna and Beth Phoenix .
“That’s why I love this Jade Cargill in AEW,” Prinze Jr said. “She’s like a Greek god. That’s what they look like in the books I read as a kid, it’s legit Athena the Goddess of War. She’s screwed up, and that’s why I liked Beth Phoenix, she was a bigger girl.
At this point, Prinze Jr. listened to WWE creative/production meetings where WWE Executive Vice President Kevin Dunn would push back against the idea of pushing bloated women and insist on featuring “prettier girls with lots of makeup” as champions.
“Kevin Dunn had his opinions, which were wrong,” Prinze Jr continued. “She [Beth] could work and she was attractive too. It didn’t matter that it was thick, wide and able to support you and your crew. Who cares, man? She looked badass. It’s not like the Fabulous Moolah or Trish Stratus. People paid money to watch her wrestle. It was always frustrating working there with Dunn. The Bellas kind of broke through, but they had to break through while existing in that mold demanded by WWE.
Earlier in the chat, Prinze Jr. detailed the physical attributes Dunn looks for in a WWE Women’s Title holder.
“When Beth Phoenix was in her prime, Total Divas wasn’t a thing yet,” Prinze Jr. recalls. [air] times as champion, which she should have had a lot, they were like, ‘oh, we have to pair her with Santino.’ So she had a thing with Santino where they both had a title.
“It was a weird time when we were all kind of held hostage by Vince’s whims [McMahon] and Kevin Dunn. A guy who loves wrestling with all his heart – more than his family, more than anything. And this other guy that I never understood really liked wrestling. He was trying to turn it more into the NFL or Tyson vs. Holyfield, which is cool, but it wasn’t like wrestling.
“So you just see this room of about 20 writers throwing sand against the tidal wave. Bro, you could throw for 20 minutes, and Kevin will be like, ‘I don’t think she’s pretty.’ And all of a sudden, six weeks of history would disappear. And Dunn would say, ‘Our champion must be pretty.’ I asked him, ‘Did you think humanity was pretty?’
Prinze Jr. would then cite examples of “less than handsome male champions” that have existed in professional wrestling over the years, such as WWE Hall of Famer Vader.
Earlier this year, Lina Fanene (FKA Nia Jax) called out “some high-level people” in WWE who “can never see past their own evil ways.” Her comments were a response to AEW star Athena (FKA Ember Moon) revealing in an interview that she was told to dress like Mandy Rose during WWE creative meetings.
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