Former WWE Superstar Nick Dinsmore, more commonly known by his ring name Eugene, has recalled the time he returned to the company and was called “old” and “fat” by John Laurinaitis and was then released again a few days later.
Eugene made his first appearance on WWE’s main roster in April 2004, portraying the nephew of Raw General Manager at the time, Eric Bischoff. Initially teaming with William Regal, Dinsmore would go on to work on SmackDown as well as the red brand, before his initial release from the company in 2007.
Having signed a new deal in July 2009, Nick Dinsmore returned to our screens the following month. However, on the show he lost a ‘Contract On A Pole’ match to The Miz, who was under a mask pretending to be The Calgary Kid.
A few days after this appearance, Eugene was once again released by WWE.
Appearing on the Cafe De Rene podcast with Rene Dupree, Nick Dinsmore commented on this second brief stint with the company. Whilst admitting that his shape when he returned wasn’t the best, he revealed what he was told by both Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis.
I showed up at my first TV and, granted, I was not in very good shape. I was expected to be in better shape than I was in. It f***ed me right away. Vince [McMahon said], ‘Get him out.’ Johnny Ace [John Laurinaitis] goes, ‘Nick, we’re not selling old, fat Eugene.’ ‘Okay, thank you…’
He went on to explain that whilst it wasn’t nice to hear, he appreciated the honesty of the exchange.
That’s the thing with Johnny, you knew right away. There’s very little bulls***. He’ll tell you. You might not like what he says, but at least with me [he was honest], that’s how I felt.
There was one final WWE run for Dinsmore, when he worked for NXT as a coach from September 2013 through to October 2014.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.