Former WWE/WCW/ECW/Impact Wrestling star Raven recently did a Q&A with Justin Barrasso of SI.com. The issues between JBL and Mauro Ranallo have been well documented through various reports. Bullying was reportedly the decisive reason that Ranallo, who stated in the past that WWE was his dream announcing job, decided to leave the company. When was if there was a bullying problem in the company, Raven made it clear and simple. Yes, there is a bullying problem in wrestling.
“There’s always been one, but it’s always been part of the business. It’s been part of the business, not just there, but everywhere. We’re not in the dark ages anymore, and bullying is bulls***, but Vince has a very immature sense of humor sometimes, and stuff like that makes him laugh. If you see silly comedy angles on the show–really silly stuff–then that’s from Vince. He is an amazing businessman, but he is eccentric. I guess you can be eccentric if you’re a billionaire, but he was eccentric long before he was a billionaire.”
Following his match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 last month in Orlando, FL, there has been speculation that it was likely The Deadman’s last pro wrestling match. Since then, several wrestlers have expressed their respect for Taker, who was known as a locker room leader during his time in the company. Raven is among those who believe Taker was the true locker room leader.
“He was the locker room leader. I was loud, I was obnoxious, so I wasn’t his cup of tea, but we got along. There was no enmity. He was every bit the locker room leader everybody says, he was the authority. If he had been six inches shorter, he would have been the perennial world champion. But at 6-foot-10, he was relegated to the monster, “Creature Feature” matches. It wasn’t until near the end of his career when he finally started being able to show that he could actually work, but, by then, he wasn’t anywhere near the worker he was ten years before that. He was amazing.”
Raven also talked about Paul Heyman, his podcast, The Raven Effect, and more. You can read the interview here.