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Head back in his classroom, as Dr. Tom Prichard will be Taking You To School this week to discuss his time as Bodydonna Zip. Hear the complete story of the transformation that saw the team of Skip, Zip & Sunny go being pitched the team, through a very somber haircut, all the way to their tag team gold. In this excerpt Dr. Tom details who came up with the idea for him to become Zip and what major backstage drama led to the teams biggest match at WrestleMania 12 being pushed to the pre-show Free For All. The full episode can be downloaded at this link.
Dr. Tom Prichard On Bodydonna ZIP
Was Zip a rib on him similar to Dusty Rhodes and his polka dots:
“No because Dusty made it work. Dream knew that Dream was a pro and Dream was a legend and Dream knew everything. Whether it was or wasn’t or it was said or not. Whatever Dream’s perception of it was, was all that matters because he took it and said if this is what you are going to do, I’m going to show you what I can do and that is the attitude I should have took, but I didn’t. I didn’t with take it with the Heavenly Bodies when we were doing our stuff too, I just was happy to be there so it was the same thing with this.”
Was Tom’s brother Bruce writing the TV at that point:
“I don’t know if they had head writers but it was Vince, Pat and Bruce I know that and I never discussed it with Bruce. Having someone, especially a family member in a spot like that is pretty touchy anyway. It is one of those things that you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If I were to have more drive than maybe things would have changed but at the same time we don’t know. But it was Bruce, Pat and Vince and obviously they saw what they saw and we didn’t do anything to change their minds or didn’t try to change their minds or sway anyone’s opinion and thought we’ll just work in the ring and they will see it and I’m not sure if you’ve heard this or not but what we do in the ring is just a minuscule part of what this business is about. It was certainly up to us to be more active or to be proactive but it was a different culture, it truly was and it was a different lay of the land and you were walking through the jungle everyday with a new disease or new animal waiting to jump you from behind the trees.”
Working the WrestleMania 12 pre-show in a tag team title match:
“It was being grateful to be there and thank you sir may I have another. But it’s not WrestleMania it was on the pre-show. We were on the card in the WrestleMania card if that makes any sense but again that should have been us going to Vince and saying something if we had felt strongly about it. But were there diversions and distractions? Certainly. There were a couple of times where I felt, what do I say and what is my argument? I didn’t want to do at that time and this is how I felt then because I don’t feel this way now but I didn’t want to come across as a pain in the ass. But I think if you don’t become a pain in the ass or at least speak up for yourself, you are never going to get what you want and you have to do that. But it was bitter sweet no doubt and it wasn’t like we weren’t The Revival and being guys that could tear the house down everyday. We could have good matches but I hate to keep beating a dead horse but at the same time when you ask is it the same as WrestleMania being on the pre-show? Anybody who has been there would say no it is not. You want to be on WrestleMania.”
Did backstage drama lead to the tag title match being on the pre-show:
“Let me get this straight? We have Sunny as our manager and what was that main event again of WrestleMania 12? The Iron Man match with Shawn and Bret Hart. Well, I’m just saying looking down the card here that I don’t have to explain or go any deeper. To say anything or go any deeper at that time with the situation being what it is, not with Chris and Tammy but could we have said something, yeah but could it have done anything? I doubt that very seriously. Look at the players and check your score card.”
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