‘I was so nervous’: Ex-WWE writer reveals Vince McMahon would ‘throw almonds on employees who slept on plane’
Another accusation of “bullying” was levelled at WWE Chairman Vince McMahon by a former WWE writer Jensen Karp.Updated: Jan 20, 2020 23:46 IST
In the world of (WWE), nothing happens without the Chairman Vince McMahon’s approval. A lot of former WWE superstars, including the likes of Batista, Cody Rhodes, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Chris Jericho and commentator Jim Ross, have revealed that WWE is a difficult industry to work with because of the tight ship that Mr McMahon runs. It has also caused “creative differences” between WWE and several performers, some of whom left the industry to search for more “creative freedom”, the latest being Jon Moxley (AKA Dean Ambrose), who left WWE last year to join AEW. Vince McMahon is also accused of “burying” WWE superstars for showing dissent or not following the party line. A latest accusation of “bullying” was levelled at Vince McMahon by former WWE writer Jensen Karp on Radio.com’s Swing & Mrs. Show (h/t WrestlingInc) earlier this week.
On the radio chat show, Karp revealed that McMahon would throw almonds at crew members or wrestlers who fell asleep on the plane. “And I don’t know if this is my fault, I don’t think it is... But the first few times I would go on the private plane, I would see Vince throw almonds at people who fell asleep,” he said on the podcast.
Karp went on to add even though Vince was “sweet” to him, he was always nervous of almonds being thrown at him. “And Vince was very nice to me so I shouldn’t have put together that almonds were going to hit me at some point, although they probably would have. He was sweet to me, but at the same time I was so nervous to have almonds thrown at me or any bullying because I wasn’t a bully. I was the opposite; I was being bullied.”
He added: “So I was so nervous to be on that plane that I never fell asleep on it.”
The allegations against Vince McMahon would come as a little surprising as just earlier this month, another former writer Arn Anderson had made allegations that the Chairman would not respect his ideas and called them “stupid”.
“Because that’s all that mattered at the end of the day. It was an audience of one who we were performing for, across the board. Which was told to us guys. ‘You only have to please an audience of one.’ And we know who the audience of one is. So, if you’re not trying to give the audience what they want, if you’re just trying to tip-toe around what you know he wants and requires, it’s a difficult mine-field. It really is,” he had said on a podcast.
Arn Anderson was fired by WWE from his job as a producer last year in February. It was rumoured that an incident involving Alicia Fox at a live event was the straw that broke camel’s back. It was reported that Vince McMahon was furious that Fox was allowed to wrestle at a WWE live event despite being intoxicated. He, then, made a comeback to professional wrestling at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out PPV in late August. He has worked as a commentator for AEW in Dark tapings in Charlotte, NC, which aired on November 12. He has now joined AEW to advise Cody Rhodes as his head coach in 2020.