Former WWE Superstar Mansoor opened up on his time with Maximum Male Models and explained how the group was highly related to Vince McMahon’s booking.
Ever since making his main roster debut, Mansoor promised to be a very interesting asset to the WWE mid-card championship picture. However, time passed and he never received another chance to fulfill all of his great potential.
During a recent interview with Wrestling Republic’s Eric Novak on the ‘All Real Wrestling Podcast’, Mansoor reflected on his time with Maximum Male Models and explained that WWE writers once told them that they’ll have ‘jobs for life’ if they succeeded in portraying Vince’s ideas for the group. About this, he said:
“A writer is assigned to us, and there are liaison with the creative team. And I went to a writer and I said, ‘Hey, everything’s going great, but I’m just telling you right now, please. I’m going to pitch you guys stuff for after this, because I just know Max Dupree is going to become LA Knight, and then we’re going to disappear.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, that’s not going to happen. You guys are great. We’ll find something for you.’”
“This was something that Vince was shouting about in creative,” said Mansoor. “We need models. I want to make up models on the show. For a year, that’s what writers sold us. That’s what producers and writers sold us. They said, ‘This is Vince’s baby. This is Vince’s baby. Don’t screw it up. Because if you do this right, you guys will have a job for life. You guys will be millionaires.’”
Mansoor On How The Changes In Management Can Shake The Landscape Of A Wrestling Promotion
In addition to what he stated before, Mansoor also explained that Vince McMahon’s departure and Triple H’s rise played an important role in most of the promotion’s creative decisions. When reflecting on this, he said:
“We get a text from Vince McMahon saying, ‘I’m retiring.’ He had the allegations against him, and I think he just stepped down. I mean, there was too much heat. Everybody was like, “What’s going on here? Why’d you do this?” And he was gone. Hunter was in, and it was like suddenly… You could see the look on people’s faces.”
“There are people who I think were Hunter’s people that were elated, and there were people who were Vince’s people who were like, ‘Oh, no. I’m screwed.’ That’s just how it is. That’s just how wrestling is,” Mansoor said. He also concluded by explaining that “when a booker changes, they have their guys, and the guys from the previous regime are phased out. It’s just like, that’s normal.”
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