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J.J. Dillon On Working With Vince McMahon, Why He Was Never A WWE Manager

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.

  • CC

    To be fair, Booker was his own worst enemy. All he kept doing almost right from the moment he started with WWE, was keep saying he was gonna retire due to his back.
    Granted, WWE did not want to push him too hard because they wanted to make WCW world champions all look weak (hence the comedy act that Booker became), but Booker could have made things easier for himself.
    To say I was surprised when they finally gave him the main event push, would be understating it, but I think it was at a point where they knew they had to start getting other people up to main event status.

    And quite frankly, if you are gonna throw out the likes of Booker and RVD who only came in around 2000/2001, you have to also point to the likes of Edge, Christian and Jeff Hardy who were there before them and took even longer. And those were guys who were Vinces “creations” if you will, and were so far over with the fans that they should have been given pushes long before RVD and Booker.

    Dont get me wrong, I wanted Booker and RVD up there, but there are plenty of other guys that should have been there way before those two.

  • JipC

    Probably the one thing I hate most about Vince Mcmahon is how unless he creates a character, he doesnt understand it and never gives a shit about it. RVD and Booker T were two of the most over people in WWE for years and never got a main event push until 7 years too late. Such bad business. I remember reading how CM Punk said Vince still doesnt understand the CM Punk character but was forced to go along with it cause he was so over at the time