The Maximum Male Models may have crashed and burned in the end, but it was not for a lack of trying on the part of Vince McMahon.
Yesterday, Mace and Mansoor were amongst several WWE superstars who would be released from their WWE deals.
On Twitch, Mace and Mansoor discussed their release and how Vince McMahon put a lot of effort into the presentation and preparation of Maximum Male Models segments.
Mansoor: One of the ideas we had in Maximum Male Models. This almost happened, not this angle, but we did almost work with Cody Rhodes. I wanted him to hit me with the Cross Rhodes and it would break my nose. Then, I could do Undashing. I wanted to wear the mask like him and do the angle where I thought I was the ugliest person in the world and a horribly disfigured mutant. Everyone kept saying, ‘we want Male Models to have more edge. We need more aggressive and vicious. What can we do?’ I kept saying, ‘Break my nose. I’m this vicious goblin.’
Mansoor: Everything happened in the company where Vince left, Hunter took over. That was like three weeks after we debuted. I don’t know if there has ever been worse timing. When we were approached to do Maximum Male Models. I’m not going to give the whole story, saving it for my book. It was given to us like, ‘Here is the golden goose. If you guys grab the reigns on this and commit to it, you’re going to be rich for a very long time because this is Vince’s baby. He has wanted to do a male model act for eight months. He wanted this so bad.’ Every week, we were supposed to do a new fashion show. We would go to the mall and buy the clothes. It was on us to buy the clothes. They gave us $2,000 to buy stuff. The rehearsal for the first fashion show was surreal. People were made to leave for us. For thirty minutes we rehearsed.
Mace: It was Money in the Bank. They were like, ‘get the ladders out of the way. We have to rehearse the fashion show.’ Vince McMahon came out and showed me how to turn, and to change my white pants because he hates white pants.
Mansoor: It’s very rare for Vince to come out in rehearsals. He stays in his office. He came out for this. ‘Is this our ticket to superstardom?’Mansoor and Mace
Maximum Male Models, headed by Max Dupri formed in the summer of 2022, but did not see much success inside the ring.
H/T to Fightful for transcription