Mancini was stopped in his pursuit of flirting with women after a threat from the WWE chairman.
Former WWE star Mario Mancini recently opened up on how chairman Vince McMahon stopped him in his pursuit of flirting with women. Mancini made a name for himself by appearing on the WWE circuit between 1984 to 1991. He faced several high-profile stars during this phase which included the likes of Bret Hart and Randy Savage. He was also the first opponent to be televised against The Undertaker. However, Mancini, believed to balance his work and social life by often approaching women which McMahon didn’t approve of. The WWE chairman threatened to fine him $100 bucks every time he finds him flirting.
“All of a sudden, everybody stops smiling,” Mancini said on the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast.
“I go [to turn around] and it was Vince, and he goes, ‘What are you doing, Mancini?’ I said, ‘Nothing.’ He goes, ‘Are you here to work or are you here to get laid?’ I said, ‘I try to accomplish both.’ He goes, ‘Every time I see you outside of the dressing room, it’s gonna be 100 bucks,” he added.
The WWE chairman is known for making his ways work in the company and around several global stars. He also took up several feuds to push the WWE wrestler to the next level. One such incident took place in 2002 when McMahon took up a feud with Rikishi for a title change at the Judgement Day. WWE veteran Rico Constantino recalled the incident. He was one of the wrestlers who was pivotal to the development of 16-time World Champion John Cena during his formative years. However, he never earned as much recognition as Cena did, throughout his career.
He also enjoyed a brief period as tag team champion with Rikishi. But in a recent interview the WWE veteran recalled how the accidental tag team title change took place in 2002.
“The first part of it, with me and Billy and Chuck. This was the time Rikishi was feuding with Vince [McMahon]. And Vince was doing bad things to Rikishi. He wanted all three of us to bounce on Rikishi and destroy him. It wasn’t supposed to go his way and we triple-teamed him,” Rico told Dr. Chris Featherstone and Kenny Bolin on UnSKripted.
“And of course, the finish ended up with me kicking Chuck with a sidekick and Rikishi dropped me and then I fell on Chuck, and we became the tag team champions. I took the belts away from my own guys,” he further recalled.