Bruce Prichard On Hulk Hogan Hurting The WWE During The Steroid Controversy

On his latest “Something To Wrestle” podcast, Bruce Prichard discussed the steroid scandal that hit the WWE during the early 1990s. Here were his thoughts:

On Having The Macho Man Speak On The Issue:

The subject was out there. Everybody else was talking about it. It was Vince McMahon’s strategy. Rather than everyone else talking about it, we will talk about it and will get our story out and be honest about it. One of the biggest thing that hit the company was the Arsenio Hall Show and everybody goes back to that when Hulk Hogan said that he didn’t use steroids on the Arsenio Hall Show. That backlash stung and hurt for a while.

There were a lot of people that were upset about that, particularly Randy Savage. I wasn’t in the company at the time so I don’t know first-hand what that general feeling was at the time, however, I remember the after-effects where Vince McMahon said that we were still reeling from those comments. He wanted to get his story out there that we were going to do it with WWF Radio.

On How Hulk Hogan’s Public Comments Hurt The WWE:

Hulk Hogan was a leader and it absolutely did reflect on us. I had been told that Vince, everyone encouraged him to tell the truth because when Hogan did take them they were legal. They were prescribed by a doctor. All of those different things that people forget about, it just wasn’t a good choice in my opinion. It hurt the company, it hurt Vince McMahon for a while and Vince just wanted to get his side of it out there to have a true voice rather than going through a third party like on a talk show.

On Vince Wanting to Get Brian “Crush” Adams Over:

Vince McMahon wanted to help put Crush over, and Randy Savage took that and said that he would get him over. Randy and Brian Adams were really good friends and Randy believed that Crush had all the potential in the world. Randy believed that he can get Crush over and Vince McMahon agreed to it and thought that the friendly, smiling, coconut crushing Crush was too much of a babyface and too one-sided and thought, well, hell let’s make him a big, nasty heel. Let’s put him with Randy Savage and help get him over. The genesis of it is Vince McMahon being frustrated and asking why this big bastard isn’t getting over? Randy Savage said that he would get him over and Vince accepted it.”

Randy and Crush were best friends. They traveled together; they trained together. They were the best of friends. They were always talking about things and ideas. It is fair to say that he was helping his buddy get over. That is why he volunteered to get Crush over because he wasn’t getting over at the time.

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