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Bruce Prichard On Mike Tyson In The WWF, Potential Storyline With OJ Simpson
Posted By: Thomas Lowson on Apr 28, 2018
Pro-Wrestling personality Bruce Prichard has said there were some big concerns around WrestleMania 14, focussed around the guest enforcer for the main event, 'Iron' Mike Tyson.
Prichard, who appeared on WWE TV for decades under the name Brother Love, said that there were worries from executives about using Tyson in such a role.
He said: "There were some people who thought, ‘man, are [people], especially the females, are the females going to get behind this guy, Mike Tyson?’ There was a little bit of concern, but I think that we knew what we wanted to do, and, at the end, Mike Tyson would be heralded as a babyface."
Tyson would make his WWF debut at the 1998 Royal Rumble, and would be chosen as the guest enforcer in the WrestleMania main event, between champion Shawn Michaels and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin.
Speaking on his new WWE Network show, 'Something Else To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard', Prichard said how there had been talks about Tyson competing, but stressed that these rumors were blown out of proportion by the media.
"Internally, yeah, it was discussed. There were a lot of ‘what if’ scenarios. If you were to have Mike Tyson in a wrestler versus boxer match, man, that’s gold. S**t, that’s platinum. And that’s something. That’s everyone’s dream," he said.
The former Brother Love also said how he had reportedly proposed working with NFL running back OJ Simpson, which was quickly vetoed due to Simpson's trial and acquittal of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
He said: "People would bring up concerns, like some people in promotions and marketing that might say, ‘do we really want to associate ourselves with someone that is a convicted felon and put them in our showcase event?’ There’s always going to be that."
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