Freddie Prinze Jr was quite a well-known name when he made his way over to WWE back in 2008 and began working for the company as a member of the creative team for SmackDown Live. This was a career that was short-lived for the actor though since it was announced the following year that WWE and Prinze Jr. had parted ways.
He rejoined the company in 2010 in the role of a producer and director, which allowed him to work with a number of talents backstage but decided to leave the company just a few short years later.
Prinze Jr. recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show where he was able to reveal the issues he had with John Cena throughout his time working for WWE.
“John Cena and I were the only ones who didn’t really get along, I respect what John brought to WWE. He had to hold the company on his shoulders during the PG Era when no one else wanted to. That could have been [Triple H], but he wanted to be more Rated R and do the stuff he liked to do. John took that upon himself. For that, wrestling fans should be grateful. But we did not get along. He did not like that I was there,” he said via PWMania.
“He walked in, in the middle of acting class, and sat down in between the two wrestlers. We go outside, and I go, ‘You’re not in this class because you know how to do this. But you don’t want to teach these guys or girls shit. So let me do my job. Let me do what Vince wants me to do. And just stay out of here.’”
“To his credit, he goes, ‘I know I approach this stuff in a barbaric sort of way, but you either got it, or you don’t.’ I said, ‘You’re right about that. But you can get better or worse, depending on the type of instruction you have. Do you want them to have instruction from Vince in the promo class or from me?’”