WWE boss Vince mcmahon talks about a controversial 20-year-old HBO interview he did with Bob costas … saying that if Costas was bigger the two would have fought.
The revelation was made in Jim millerthe new book of Tinderbox: The Merciless Pursuit of New Frontiers of HBO … where McMahon and Costas both recalled the combative conversation that has apparently left a bitter taste in Vince’s mouth even to this day.
During the 2001 interview, Costas asked Vince a wide range of questions on everything from XFL ratings to some aspects of WWE he found unpleasant … and, well, McMahon wasn’t too delighted about it.
“Once we did the interview, he kept interrupting and interrupting me, and bringing up topics that had nothing to do with what we were supposed to be talking about,” McMahon said. .
“He kept trying to do the ‘I gotcha’ kind of thing. It was clear he didn’t want to hear any of my answers. “
The interview got so heated at one point that McMahon actually sat in his chair, told Costas to shut his mouth… and accused the legendary sports journalist of not knowing what he was talking about.
“The other problem was that Bob is so pompous. The whole time he acted like he was on top of me and just using me to show how awesome he was, ”Vince said.
“I was sitting there really pissed off and I started to think, I wish he wasn’t 5ft 140lbs. If he was 6-5 and 295 he deserves to be beaten. really could have given them excellent television.
Speaking of great TV… Costas admits he knew the two were having a great time, but maintains his questions came from a legitimate, non-malicious place.
McMahon was so furious about it all that he stormed off after the interview… slamming doors in the process, according to Costas.
The two were going to have another interview a year later… however, this meeting was much less memorable than the first.
WrestleMania 38, maybe ??