WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon appeared on MLW Radio (the official podcast of Major League Wrestling) and talked about never working as a manager during his tenure with WWE in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“When Tully and Arn left, the plan was for them to go up there as the Brainbusters with Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan,” Dillon said. “For all the success I’ve enjoyed as a manager in wrestling, I will be the first one to tell you that when it comes to the greatest managers of all time, the man at the top of that list is Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. He set the bar for which all the rest of us are measured.”
Dillon also shared Vince McMahon’s approach to presenting talent that had prior success in promotions outside WWE.
“Another thing I learned about Vince is that Vince has a tendency to want to create his own thing and even though something had been successful somewhere else, he tended to not get excited about rekindling something that had been successful somewhere else. Vince wanted it to be Vince’s ideas. You can’t argue with success,” Dillon said.
Dillon also talked about why he resigned from WWE and signed with WCW, what’s missing from WWE programming, working as McMahon’s “axe man” and more. The interview is available here.