Maven Completes Drug Rehab & Says WWE Saved His Life, Vince McMahon Ripped Over Mocking Jim Ross’ Bell’s Palsy On Raw, Triple H Reportedly Against WWE Utilizing Mick Foley On Television
June 17, 2012 · 0 Comments
Authorities alleged that Huffman was using three Florida doctors to obtain prescriptions to Oxycodone and Hydrocone, drawing an estimated 1,000 pills.
TMZ reports that Maven has completed a 50-day drug rehab program, paid for WWE. Maven says WWE saved his life and he would have ended up dead if he hadn’t hit rock bottom when he did:
“I owe the WWE my life for helping me through this situation.”
“I have the clarity and focus that comes with sobriety and will never let my family, friends, and fans down again.”
Some people felt Vince McMahon went over the line with his blistering impersonation of Jim Ross in a backstage segment on Monday’s Raw SuperShow, which saw the WWE Chairman make a horribly distorted face ridiculing the Hall of Fame broadcaster’s affliction with Bell’s palsy. Ross suffers from the condition, which sometimes results in temporary paralysis of his facial muscles.
McMahon’s mockery segment struck a nerve with former WCW announcer Mark Madden, who went on Twitter to blast the WWE chief.
“McMahon mocking Ross’ Bell’s Palsy was unforgivable. What a scumbag, pure and simple. Just a twisted, emotionally crippled jerkoff,” he wrote.
Madden continues, “McMahon wasn’t mocking a stranger. Ross is one of WWE’s most valued employees ever. Ross’ big sin: He knows more about wrestling than Vince.”
Madden was asked whether Ross was notified of the impersonation beforehand. He replied, “Was not “in on the bit.” I can assure you of that.”
Former WWE creative writer Seth Mates pointed out the hypocrisy in McMahon mocking Ross’ medical condition while simultaneously promoting the ‘be a STAR’ anti-bullying campaign.
“WWE touts anti-bullying, yet babyface Vince mocks @JRsBBQ’s medical condition?” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s one thing for heels to be bullies and then get what they have coming. It’s another for faces to make bullying look cool and fun.”
A follower responded, “the BAS/WWE hypocrisy complaints are old and stale.” Mates wrote, “How does hypocrisy get old & stale? Hypocrisy is hypocrisy.”
Another on-air remark mocking Ross’ medical condition took place months earlier on the December 9, 2011 episode of SmackDown. After commentator Josh Mathews made a remark about Michael Cole “speaking out of both sides” of his mouth, Cole quipped, “Actually, there is nothing wrong with my mouth, unlike J.R.’s.” Ross was not pleased with the comment. He wrote on Twitter, “We can blame a ‘writer.’ That’s cowardly. Poor attempt to be a villain.”
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer was asked by a reader during his radio show (available here) why WWE has not utilized Mick Foley on television more frequently since his return to the organization last November. He said this is due to wrestler/executive Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque’s lobbying, who is resentful of “The Hardcore Legend.”
Meltzer reports Levesque deprecates Foley whenever his name is broached in creative meetings. While Brian Gewirtz, WWE’s Senior Vice President of Creative Writing, feels Foley is creative and a good performer, Levesque thinks otherwise. He says Foley ‘doesn’t look tough’ and can’t be taken seriously as an in-ring performer.
A former WWE creative writer told Power Slam in 2008 under the condition of anonymity that Levesque would disparage Foley whenever he appeared for the company, and in the process, diminished his value in the eyes of Vince and Stephanie McMahon.
“Foley is an out-of-shape nobody,” Levesque was reported as saying by the writer. “No one cares about him at all. Funaki puts more asses in the seats than Foley does. He should pay us for coming on our shows.”
Meltzer believes the real reason Levesque still holds Foley in contempt is because he gets irritated over the consensus of his closest co-workers that his memorable matches with Foley in 2000 ‘made him a star.’
Foley has criticized Levesque in the past; he took several veiled shots at ‘H in his 2007 autobiography The Hardcore Diaries. He also took issue online with Levesque belittling ring announcer Lilian Garcia with a remark he felt was hurtful during an April 2010 episode of Raw. Foley acknowledged then that he may have cost himself professionally for speaking out against Levesque, but felt he had to stand by his principles.
-Lords Of Pain
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