Freddie Prinze Jr. Says Kevin Dunn Could Quash Women's WWE Storylines If He Didn't Think A Talent Was Pretty
An opinionated Kevin Dunn in WWE
Only days after a report noted Kevin Dunn didn't think Becky Lynch was attractive enough to be SmackDown Women's Champion in 2016, former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. has said the Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Distribution could scrap storylines if he didn't think a female talent was pretty enough.
Prinze detailed working with Dunn in WWE across his two stints between 2009 and 2012, saying on his podcast: "It's a very random low-key era where the numbers weren't great and people missed out on a few wrestlers peaks like the Beth Phoenixs of the world. Like she kind of had her peak. It was at a time where Total Divas wasn't a thing yet, so the women didn't get that much love. So if she was gonna get any time as a champion, which she should have had a lot of they're like, 'Well, we gotta pair with Santino.' So then she had like a thing with Santino where they were, they both had a title and Santino would do his comedy stuff and then she would save him when he would like run like a girl. So it was this weird, low-key, under-the-radar time where we were all kind of held hostage by the whims of Vince and Kevin Dunn, man. One guy who loves wrestling right with all his heart, more than his family, more than his dogs, and then this other guy who I never got the sense liked wrestling at all.
"He was trying to turn it into the NFL, or Tyson vs. Holyfield, which is cool, man. But it wasn't wrestling. So, you just see this room of, they're probably 20 writers when I worked there, and it was just 20 writers throwing sand against a tidal wave. You could pitch for 20 minutes. Kevin would be like, 'Well, I don't think she's pretty,' and all of a sudden, like six weeks of story, was just gone," Prinze continued.
"It's like, 'Well, our champ has to be pretty.' It's like, 'Yo, do you think Mankind was pretty?' You could throw out a number of how many less-than-handsome male champions have existed, and I shall exceed it. But it would be dead because he would say one thing."
Along with his work on WWE TV production, Kevin Dunn was one of Vince McMahon's close confidantes in the company before McMahon retired on July 22. It is expected Dunn will leave the company and not be in WWE by July 2023.
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