Francine Talks About Vince McMahon Telling Her He Never Watched ECW

Francine Talks About Vince McMahon Telling Her He Never Watched ECW

Francine is synonymous with The original ECW, where she was known as the “Queen of Extreme” and worked as a manager for multiple wrestlers between 1994 and 2001. Once ECW went out of business, she’d appear in TNA before working the independent circuit. Then WWE had the One Night Stand pay-per-view, and she’d make an appearance during the main event, kicking Tommy Dreamer in the groin, and fighting with Beulah. The event’s success resulted in WWE bringing ECW back as a new brand, and Francine was offered a contract.

Now, in an interview with The Ryback Show, she discussed being unhappy during her brief run with WWE and a conversation she had with Vince McMahon, where he told her he’d never seen her perform.

They had me in a bikini that I never did in my 20s. Mind you, now I’m in my mid-30s and working with a 19-year-old. It was very uncomfortable. The audience was very young. There are so many children, and they had us coming out in these thong bikinis, and it was just not right and very uncomfortable.Francine
I hear, “Francine, can I speak to you for a second” and I turn around, and it’s Vince McMahon. He’s just standing there, and I’ve shaken his hand a bunch of times, but I’ve never had a conversation with him because he’s untouchable sometimes, and so, I go “sure,” and he goes, “take a walk with me.”

We start walking around the arena, and he says to me, “What makes you so special?” I said, “I don’t know what you’re getting at,” and he goes, “Why should I put money into you?” I said, “I can work,” and I said, “You never watched?” And he goes, “No, I never watched ECW.”

I learned later Shane McMahon was the ECW markFrancine

WWE would give Francine an opportunity by putting her in an angle with fellow ECW original Balls Mahoney, who was feuding with Kevin Thorn and Ariel. Francine would wrestle Ariel in an “Extreme Catfight” on the September 26, 2006 episode of ECW on Sci-Fi. However, Balls failed a drug test, and she was released on October 12, 2006, despite Balls himself staying employed for another 18 months.

Francine bounced back from her WWE rejection and got married in 2008 and is now a mother to an 11 and 8-year-old.

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