Bruce Prichard has recalled the moment when Ozzy Osbourne was about to meet WWE Chairman Vince McMahon backstage, and his teeth came out whilst eating chicken.
Ozzy Osbourne has worked with WWE a number of times, firstly accompanying The British Bulldogs to the ring for their Tag Team Championship win over The Dream Team at WrestleMania II.
Speaking on his Something To Wrestle With podcast, WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard spoke of Ozzy Osbourne’s guest appearance on SmackDown in May 2007, and how good he was to work with when he first arrived at the venue.
Worked with Ozzy Osbourne one time in Baltimore, Maryland, and the reason [I’m mentioning this] is because we were just in Baltimore. So, Ozzy, man. Great guy. Absolutely fucking awesome. Incredibly talented, super fucking good guy. We had Ozzy for — he had a new album coming out and was gonna sing his new hit single. Oz came in and Oz was absolutely fan-fucking-tastic, during the day. Came and did his rehearsal and realized that Oz didn’t know the words to his new song. So, Ozzy had to have a teleprompter to get him through the lyrics of his new song. Not unordinary, you know, that’s something that a lot of stars do when they’re in concert, they go through so many different songs and they’ll edit them so they’ll have the lyrics on a teleprompter a lot of times. Ozzy was one of those guys. Again though, he was one of those guys that you’d say, ‘Man, give me an Ozzy Osbourne every week.’ I’ll work with him every day. He was that good.
Ozzy Osbourne spoke to Prichard of his previous meeting with the WWE Chairman, and asked if he could meet him again. This is when things took a downhill turn for the Black Sabbath frontman.
So then Ozzy left. Goes back to the hotel to relax. As he came back, I met someone else. When he came back he was a completely different cat when he came back. He was eating chicken breast. Big, fat, juicy chicken breast. He was picking it up and he was eating the chicken breast, and he wanted to say hi to Vince. He kept asking me, ‘Is Vince here? I’d love to say hello. I did the WrestleMania, you know, with the Bulldogs, and I’d like to say hello.’ So I go grab Vince and say, ‘Vince, Ozzy would love to say hi.’ Bring Vince in and Ozzy’s sitting there and he’s got the chicken breast in his hand, in his right hand, and it’s got sauce and shit on it. Ozzy bites into the chicken and — he sees Vince, and he goes to pull the chicken out, and his teeth came out. Then he just kind of puts everything back in and then goes to shake Vince’s hand with the chicken juice and all the stuff all over it, which was, again, a high spot for me.
Prichard then talked about the segment which Osbourne was meant to be involved in on the show, and how it became difficult for the musician as he didn’t understand what was wanted from him.
So we’re getting ready to go do the bit I’m going to do with Ozzy. He was gonna do something with Jillian Hall and Jillian’s gimmick was that she was a bad singer but she thought she was a great singer. I’m explaining this to Ozzy. I said, ‘Ozzy,’ I said, ‘You know, you’ve got to kind of look at her like, you know, oh fuck man, basically, keep practicing dear or something along those lines, and she’s horrible.’ [Imitates Ozzy]. So we try to rehearse it and he’s just not getting it. He’s not getting what I needed, and we’re going live in Baltimore up on that shit fucking stage, and it’s like, I got to go live with Ozzy. So I tell Ozzy, I’m looking at him, I go, ‘Dude,’ I said, ‘You know what, man, I just need you to be you. I just need you to be Ozzy, man.’ He looks me dead in the eyes and goes, ‘I’m Ozzy. I’m Ozzy.’ Just kept repeating, ‘No, I’m Ozzy’, as if I was confused now at this point.
Ozzy Osbourne was inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the class of 2021. Amongst his accolades within the company was a day as guest host of Monday Night Raw 2009.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.