If you ask hardcore wrestling fans to name their favourite Italian-American, cross-dressing hardcore wrestler of WCW and WWE fame, there's a good chance they'll say Big Vito. On the Duke Loves Rasslin podcast, Vito disclosed details of a backstage conversation he had with Vince McMahon that changed the direction of his career.
According to Vince, Vito was far too good a wrestler to be put in scrappy hardcore matches every night, and that's why the boss wanted more. "More" apparently equated to putting the guy out there in a dress and presenting it as a positive message for the cross-dressing community. Maybe hardcore didn't seem so bad after all.
Vito disagreed, and he actually liked McMahon's thinking. He's spoken before about being thankful towards WWE for the opportunity, but Vito had never discussed his little chat with Vince about wearing women's clothing being a better use of his talents than smashing others with steel chairs.