Francine was recently interviewed by WrestlingInc for their WINCLY podcast. Francine discussed a variety of things including on how she was pitched to become “Sister Love” and also spoke on staying with ECW.
Francine commented on how WWE wanted her to come in as Sister Love and be paired with Brother Love:
“What I was told was they were looking for me to come in as Sister Love. A man named Ed Cohen was calling me and he worked in the [WWE] office…He kept telling me they were using models or women in the area for that show, but they wanted one girl that was specific for the character. My name kept coming up in meeting because they saw my work for ECW. When I wasn’t at home to take the calls he would talk to my mom as I was still living at home at the time and I was in my early 20s. He would tell my mom that WWF would pay me so much more than ECW. I would come home and my mom would say, ‘That nice man Ed Cohen called and he said you can make more money under Vince than under Paul.’ I was like, ‘Mom, stop.’ I had no desire to leave [ECW].”
Francine discussed how she was faithful to ECW:
“I knew that so I asked for a raise. I was still green as grass and brand new and he said he’d give me a raise. So I stayed and I stayed until we went out of business. I never had a desire to leave and I wasn’t using that as leverage. But at that point I wasn’t making a lot of money but I thought if he could get me a couple more bucks that would help. He was on board with it and I stayed.”
The former ECW valet also gave her thoughts on Paul Heyman and how he was as a boss:
“Oh my gosh, he was the best boss I ever had. Without Paul, there would be no Queen of Extreme. He gave me the ball and I was able to run with it but I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without Paul. He was so approachable. He listened and cared about my opinion. He was always easy to reach. I can’t say enough good things about Paul Heyman. I’m thankful he came into my life.”
Lastly, Francine discussed starting her own podcast:
“I never wanted to have a podcast. I didn’t want social media and didn’t want anything to do with wrestling anymore. But a couple of years ago one of my best friends, Daffney from WCW, she asked me to do WrestleCon with her in New Orleans. I hadn’t done anything in years but I said I’d go with her for a girls’ weekend or whatever. She said if I do this then I need Twitter. I thought that no one would want to talk to me because it’s been like a million years. I signed up for Twitter and realized that ECW is still a thing 20 years later which I was shocked at. I then started my own YouTube channel and my co-host Chad asked if I wanted to do a podcast.”
H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription of the podcast.
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