Freddie Prinze Jr. Expresses Admiration for The Godfather as His Preferred Attitude Era Gimmick

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Former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. has praised Charles Wright’s portrayal of ‘The Godfather’ as a personal highlight of the Attitude Era.

Speaking on a recent edition of his “Wrestling with Freddie” podcast, the Scooby Doo actor said the Godfather was his favorite Attitude Era character and remembered the gimmick fondly. He said,


“[The Godfather] was a full-on pimp. Dressed like a pimp, walked like a pimp, came out with what they called a ‘Ho Train’ … It had an engine, it had a dining car, it had the passenger cars, and it had a girl with a big ol’ caboose in the back.

“He would cut promos about selling women for sex, and smoking weed, and selling weed,” Prinze said. “And I’d be watching this like, ‘How is this not getting bleeped left and right?’ Then the next week he was on TV, then the next week, and it lasted a long ass time. And the Ho Train came with him every time.”

Prior to playing The Godfather, Wright portrayed witch doctor Papa Shango and ‘ultimate fighter’ Kama. He would later portray The Goodfather in the Right to Censor.

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Former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. recently expressed his admiration for Charles Wright’s portrayal of ‘The Godfather’ character during the Attitude Era. Prinze, known for his roles in movies like “Scooby Doo,” discussed his favorite Attitude Era character on his podcast, “Wrestling with Freddie.”

Describing The Godfather, Prinze highlighted the character’s unique gimmick and memorable presence. He mentioned that The Godfather was a full-on pimp, dressed and walked like one. One of the most iconic aspects of the character was his entrance with what was called the ‘Ho Train.’ This train had an engine, dining car, passenger cars, and a woman with a big caboose at the back.

Prinze also mentioned that The Godfather would cut promos about selling women for sex, smoking weed, and selling weed. He expressed surprise at how these controversial topics were not censored heavily by the WWE. Despite the controversial nature of the character, The Godfather remained on television for a long time, with the Ho Train accompanying him every week.

Before portraying The Godfather, Charles Wright played other memorable characters in the WWE. He portrayed the witch doctor Papa Shango and the ‘ultimate fighter’ Kama. Later on, he would also portray The Goodfather as part of the Right to Censor stable.

The Godfather character was a significant part of the Attitude Era, which is often remembered as one of the most popular and controversial periods in professional wrestling history. The Attitude Era was characterized by edgier storylines, adult-oriented content, and a more rebellious and provocative approach to entertainment.

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The Godfather’s portrayal by Charles Wright remains a memorable and controversial part of wrestling history. It serves as a reminder of the unique characters and storylines that made the Attitude Era so influential and captivating for fans.