In an interview with Wrestling Inc., Sullivan explained his political leanings — “This country needs Donald Trump as President” — and threw all the shade in the world at WWE Superstar Kevin Owens for wrestling in a T-shirt.
“Let me ask you something? Kevin Owens, who everybody is jumping up and down over. Can you name a person besides Cactus Jack to get over like that with a shirt on? Name me one. If you ask me who hit 500 home runs, I can name you ten off the top of my head. So why does everybody say these guys have to be pushed? If you’re an athlete, and you’re walking down the street at 2 am, John Cena is walking on the left, Kevin Owens is on the right, which side of the street are you gonna get up on? They need to want to be you, or be afraid to fight you. I think they’ve tried to make a chance, and people listen to the pounding of the drum, but have attendance or ratings gone up? We don’t want to listen to when people tell us what to do. For 14 years the ratings have went down. If that happened in college football, would those people still have a job? Coaches would get cut for not doing their job. Players would get cut.”
Kevin Sullivan is critical of guys wrestling in a shirt. This Kevin Sullivan, who occasionally wrestled in jeans and a bald eagle shirt:
Don’t worry, it continues.
“We had Kevin Nash with us, Scott with us, I had all these guys in a box together. You didn’t see our guys running around in t-shirts wrestling. In the UFC do they wear shirts? …. Yeah. The men? They’re not. Ali in his day would have drawn $100 million on pay-per-view, and he wasn’t boxing in a shirt.”
To recap, Kevin Sullivan believes that pro wrestling is failing because some wrestlers wear shirts. You can check out a preview of the full interview here, or you can read what I quoted and spend the rest of the day imagining The Master yelling, “MY SONNNN, PRO WRESTLING TEES APPROACHEESSSS” and making stone walls explode.