Former WWE superstars Batista and Chris Jericho recently discussed their relationship with Vince McMahon and how they were able to get along with him.
McMahon has often been described as a difficult boss who's a pain to work under, but the fact that he's been able to keep his promotion at the top of the wrestling food chain does speak to his managerial savvy.
While the chairman has had his clashes with wrestlers over the years, he's gotten along swimmingly with many others, although the relationships were far from perfect.
Batista, now retired for good following his WrestleMania match against Triple H in May, has said that he has no plans to return to the ring unless it's for a promo. Jericho, on the other hand, is still heavily involved in the business, having become one of the biggest names on the All Elite Wrestling roster.
The pair met up on on the latter's Talk of Jericho's podcast and their working relationship with Vince was a topic of conversation at one point.
“We butted heads a little bit, but not in a malicious way, not in a bad way, in a very creative way," Batista explained (via 411Mania). "It’s weird, I’ve had my differences with Vince, but I’ve always gotten along with him. I don’t have anything bad to say about the dude, he’s difficult sometimes.”
“I feel the same way," Jericho chimed in. "First of all, two creative guys, plus he’s your boss, nobody loves their boss all the time, sometimes you have to do stuff you don’t want to do, but I feel the same way, I never had any ill will towards Vince. I actually liked butting heads with him because it was about creativity.”
The ex-WWE performers agreed that McMahon respected them both for opposing some of his ideas and their refusal to be yes-men.
“We’re not just going to say, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ I think he appreciates it," Batista claimed. "Sometimes he might disagree with you just to let you know he’s the boss, but at the same time, I understand that about him and I understand that he’s a businessman.”
Jericho would add that McMahon is much more inclined to appreciating wrestlers who show him that they don't need him.
“And like you said, I think he appreciates the fact that we have ideas," he said. "He appreciates the fact that we’re creative, and also appreciates the fact that Jesse Ventura told me years ago, ‘If you want to get over with Vince, go get a job somewhere else, let him know you that don’t need him, then he’ll want you that much more, and treat you that much better, which is kind of the case.”