Longtime WWE employee Gerald Brisco spoke with Paul Guzzo of the Tampa Bay Times and revealed that Pat Patterson hated being portrayed as a stooge for Vince McMahon. “I loved it,” Brisco said playing the comedic character. “I was 55 years old and getting air time and becoming a star again to a different generation as a fun character. Pat Patterson, the other stooge, in the beginning hated it. I used to kid Pat that he and I worked 25 years to be considered legit wrestlers, but we will go down in history as the McMahon stooges. He’d get mad and say don’t say that. Now he enjoys the memories. He told me he was recently at Joe’s Crab Shack and someone says, “Hey are you that Brisco stooge guy?” Pat told the guy he had half of it right.”
Brisco also commented on whether the Andre the Giant drinking stories are fact or fiction. “There are a lot of crazy stories about Andre that sound fake but most are true, especially his drinking,” Brisco said. “Andre used to ask me to get him six bottles of Mateus wine and ice them down. He would drink those before we went to the ring and no one could tell. One night in Sarasota, Andre is traveling with us. So we pull over and get two cases of tall boys. By the time we get from Sarasota to the Tahitian Inn on Dale Mabry, the two cases were bone dry. He was one of the nicest guys but I have seen idiots in bars all over the country challenge him, and with one little shove they’d be 10 feet away.” Read the full story at TampaBay.com.
Powell’s POV: A fun interview with Brisco also commenting on the differences between Vince McMahon and legendary Florida promoter Eddie Graham. Brisco also looked back on the time that Dusty Rhodes decided to perform a musical concert that failed to draw. It’s a really fun interview and is highly recommended.
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