Doink the Clown Speaks on the Creation of the Gimmick; Working the First WrestleMania

Mike Killam

Matt Borne, the original wrestler behind the mask of Doink the Clown, sat down with Kayfabe Wrestling Radio this Tuesday night, discussing the creation of the beloved gimmick and what it was like to work the very first WrestleMania against Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat. 

"I never would have ever dreamed of being a clown out there, you know? But that soon changed; when it was presented to me as ‘This is an idea’ and Vince, it was Vince’s idea to pitch it to me and I didn’t really respond. I think he kind of read my body language and said ‘You don’t really have to do it. If you’ve got something else you want to do, put it on the table; we’re pretty open here.’

So, I just went home and I was living in Atlanta at the time, and for the next four to five days, I ate, slept, drank; everything was having to do with this conversation I’d had with Mr. McMahon. So, I was to call him the following Friday and so I called him and said ’Ok, let’s roll. I want to do it.'"

For the full interview, follow the link provided above. 

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