A former WWE talent known for their ring announcing has revealed the startling advice given to them by ex-WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to “be more Hispanic.”
Ricardo Rodriguez is best known for his time in WWE as the personal ring announcer to former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio. Rodriguez proved a handy ally to Del Rio, helping out his boss on more than one occasion to ensure he got to the top of the mountain in WWE.
As a ring announcer, Rodriguez had to give his all in announcing his star man every time and he was given some unusual advice to help achieve his goals by former WWE boss Vince McMahon.
Appearing on the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast, Ricardo Rodriguez recalled being told to “be more Hispanic,” advice that he doesn’t understand to this day:
“The only real advice that he gave me was, and I quote, ‘No, not like that. Be more Hispanic.’ I still don’t know what that means! The very first time that I did the rehearsal for the intro thing, I was thinking very formal, very Tony Chimel, Justin Roberts… formal… Howard Finkel.”
“I thought of the guys from AAA, the announcers from AAA, which are very loud, and then I thought eventually of the soccer announcers that are in Spanish. I’m a big football/soccer fan, but if you watch it in English versus when you watch it in Spanish, it’s two completely different vibes.”