Justin Gabriel talks idea for Vince McMahon to be The Bunny, other nixed Bunny ideas
WrestlingInc recently spoke to former WWE star PJ Black, f.k.a. Justin Gabriel. Black will be in action at Legacy Wrestling's debut on June 6th at In The Net Sports Complex in Hershey, PA. The show will also feature top indy stars Hania, Kimber Lee, Shane Strickland, Adam Page, AR Fox, Gran Akuma and The Juicy Product. You can get more details about the show here.
During the interview, which will be published next week, Gabriel talked about appearing as The Bunny in late 2014. Gabriel had ideas on where to take the character, and noted that he wanted to make it "really f--king cool."
Every idea of Rose and Gabriel was shot down
"Me and Adam Rose sat down and wrote out stories to make this bunny and evil bunny, because he wanted to be a heel so bad," Black said. "We wanted to do like the Donnie Darko thing. We had an awesome mask made by the people who do The Walking Dead makeup, the same people who make Kane's masks. We had things filmed, and all of these ideas to turn this bunny into an evil, sadistic character.
“Adam Rose was going to be like a Marilyn Manson character. Everything got shot down. Each time I'd come up with something or Adam would come up with something, it'd get shot down. An idea that I thought was great and everyone thought as it's more frustration, it gets disheartening. It makes you lose passion for what you're doing."
Black noted that there was no long-term plan for the bunny, although he thought they wanted it to end up being someone big who was returning, like a Jeff Hardy, otherwise it wouldn't have been shocking. He also revealed an idea he had for the Bunny that would have been a big surprise.
The plan was to make Vince the Bunny
"I came up with an idea for the bunny to become really hardcore, he has dried blood all over him, sitting backstage grumpy smoking cigars," Black said. "It's like when people hit their all-time low. The bunny should be going through ladders, tables, and coming close to winning championships, but doesn't because he's too f--cked up.
“Then maybe the bunny gets knocked out backstage, and a ref shows up and it's Vince. That's the only shock factor it could be, if it's someone on the roster. Then Vince wakes up and just goes 'I don't know what happened. I put the suit on and I just blacked out.' Everyone loved the idea, it just never came to fruition."
That's an idea of how frustrated I was, because that was just one idea. Everyone loved it and nothing ever happened. I had so many ideas, and obviously not every single idea was great. I was just like 'nobody's ever going to listen to me here, so see ya.'"
You can check out Black in action at Legacy Wrestling's debut on June 6th at In The Net Sports Complex in Hershey, PA. You can get more details or purchase tickets by clicking here.