Former WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had a reputation for a lot of things. One of his most well-known unusually quirks was certain words that he banned from being spoken by WWE personnel.
On his “Wrestling with Freddie” podcast. actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. went on the record that one of those words was “belt”. That mention of the word would cause McMahon to go off.
You weren’t even allowed to say ‘belt’ when Vince McMahon was running things,” Prinze said. “You had to say ‘title’ or ‘championship.’ I think those were the only two things you could say.”
“Belt” isn’t the only word that would set McMahon off. “If you said ‘strap,’ oh, Vince would just go off, man. ‘Aw, godd**, did he just say strap? Jesus Christ, promo s,'” Prinze said in his best McMahon impersonation. “He would go off on one word, and the rest of the promo would be dope, and he wouldn’t even hear it.”
The lists of words banned by the company have circulated online over the years. Some, such as “kill'”or “strangle” make sense to keep off a television show that’s watched by children. While others, such as “DQ'”or “card” just seem like overkill.
After McMahon’s retirement this past July, new Chief Content Officer Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque loosened the company’s on-air vocabulary restrictions. Phrases such as “wrestling” or “match of the year” are considered forbidden terms among talent
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