A former WWE superstar has revealed a time when Vince McMahon got very upset when somebody that works for him used an offensive term to describe a talent.
Hornswoggle had a very unique run in WWE for ten years from 2006 to 2016. While Hornswoggle was mostly a comedy character that was the on-screen son of Fit Finlay (and even Vince McMahon at one point), he did have some success in the ring including a Cruiserweight Title win.
During his career, Hornswoggle was booked in a way where he was unable to talk for some reason. They often billed him as a “Leprechaun” due to his association with Finlay. Most people would refer to Hornswoggle as a little person.
When Hornswoggle worked for WWE, he was often hidden under the ring until it was time for him to appear in front of the crowd. It was a way for Vince McMahon and his creative team to book Hornswoggle in a creative way with the idea that he lived under the ring for some strange reason. Pro wrestling is a unique business, after all.
Kevin Dunn’s role in WWE for the last 30+ years has been as an Executive Producer and his official job title is WWE’s Executive Vice President of Television Production. Dunn is also very close with Vince McMahon, who was obviously the WWE Chairman during Hornswoggle’s run in the company with Vince also running the company creatively.
In a recent interview on Chris Van Vliet’s Insight podcast on Youtube, Hornswoggle told a story about how Vince McMahon got very angry at Kevin Dunn for using an offensive term although Hornswoggle admits that he didn’t care.
“Kevin Dunn on a headset. I was underneath the ring, and I could always hear the conversations between everyone. Everyone. The producers in the back, Kevin Dunn in the truck, Vince in the back. Whenever he had to, like, say a specific direction. I was like, on this headset, I loved it. I was like, ‘Oh, I get to hear a lot of things.'”
“So Kevin Dunn’s like ‘Vince, we need to figure out how to get the midget back to the back.’ [As Vince] ‘Goddammit Kevin! We don’t use that word. He’s a little person.’ [Dunn’s response] ‘Oh, sorry. Sorry, Vince. Sorry.’ And it was like apology after apology after apology. And they apologized to me, too. It’s like, I don’t care.”
During the same interview, Hornswoggle revealed that WWE guest host Miss Piggy of The Muppets was supposed to give him the ability to speak.