WWE has let go another long-time employee of over 30 years as cost-cutting measures due to COVID-19 continue behind the scenes.
Kevin Quinn, the former Senior Editor, Director of Editing, Technical Director, Director and Vice President of TV Technology for WWE is the latest casualty and Quinn did a Reddit AMA on the r/SquaredCircle fan forum yesterday to talk about his WWE experience.
Quinn performed every aspect of television production during his three-decade career with the company, from manning cameras, to audio, to graphics, and editing. One thing he had never done live though was edit matches, something that eventually changed when he directed the WrestleMania 29 pre-show at the MetLife Stadium.
“I’ve edited matches since I was a kid but never directed a match live,” Quinn said.
Matches weren’t the only thing he edited, as Quinn also did work on practically every WWE show you saw on television or Network. Asked about his toughest edit, Quinn said it came when Jerry “The King” Lawler was accused of statutory rape and they had three hours of programming with him in it. “We had to remove him from every show already shot. It took 2 over-nights,” Quinn recounted.
Asked what was the most challenging aspect of his job when it comes to adapting new technology to WWE broadcasts, Quinn said people would often think that transitioning from SD to HD would have been the biggest challenge, but no, going from mono audio to stereo sound was the biggest one he faced.
Quinn has no hard feelings towards Vince McMahon or the company for letting him go, describing Vince as very personable behind the scenes and that he loves the people that help him take care of WWE. “But business is business,” he added, noting that Vince invited him to both of his kids’ weddings.
But it’s Stephanie who he enjoyed working with the most, calling her “dream to work with” because she’d tell you what she wants, you tell her what you have to make it, and it’s game on.
Quinn was let go in September.