– Newsweek has published an excerpt on discovering The Rock from WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson’s “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE” book, which comes out in August, at this link. Below is part of what Patterson wrote on The Great One, and words anyone who ever said Patterson didn’t hire them because they weren’t gay:
With some guys, like The Rock, you only had to explain the essence of the business once, and they get it instinctively, and go on to enhance your vision. But on the other hand, there are guys you can explain it to a million times and you’re never really going to get what you need. But it’s your job as a producer to make sure the company’s vision comes across anyway.
There are very good wrestlers who are never going to be the performer that Vince sees as the guy. The reality is: you have to convince the director of the movie that you’re right for the part. Some guys are just not good enough for WWE. It’s hard to meet with so many aspiring Superstars without letting down a few people along the way. I always liked to help the new guys. But I’m never personally on a mission, because if Vince doesn’t hire them, there’s not much I can do.
Over the years, I’ve just ignored all casting-couch innuendo made toward me and my work at WWE. I was smarter than that. It still hurts, but there was really no way for me to defend myself. I became the disappointed wannabe wrestler’s ultimate excuse for why they weren’t offered a contract. And that’s just silly. People who were unhappy used the fact that I am gay to get back at WWE. To all the people who have ever said they weren’t hired because they were not gay, I can only say, “Guys, I’m sorry. You were just not good enough.”
– We noted before that Ryback, who is currently out of action due to a WWE contract dispute, underwent surgery on his ear last week. He will be having nose and throat related surgeries over the next 2 weeks and appeared to be in very good, wacky spirits after the nose surgery on Thursday. Here are some of his posts, including one that references a fake news report from earlier this year on CM Punk losing mock fights in preparation for his UFC debut:
— The Big Guy (@Ryback22) July 8, 2016
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