In marked contrast to, per Bill Pruitt, the abhorrent behavior Trump displayed while shooting The Apprentice, the mogul was a willing and agreeable presence behind the scenes of the WWE. "He played right along," said wrestler Bobby "The Dominator" Lashley. "He said, 'I can play whatever guys you want me to play to the best of my ability.' And that's what he did."
Bauer agreed. "He didn't have any issues with anything we wrote for him. He would actually recommend taking things a step farther sometimes." Not that his patience was unlimited; after submitting to a few filmed takes of a dressing-room skit, Trump decided he'd had enough. "You got what you got," he said, and left. "That was an example of something that wouldn't fly with anyone else," said DeJoseph.
On a January 2007 episode of Raw, wrestler Ace Steel donned a crude Donald Trump costume and wig and tussled with a Rosie O'Donnell look-alike, a tasteless spectacle greeted with unanimous, scornful boos from the audience. (Bauer himself said he had "scrubbed that from my brain for nearly a decade.") When, later in the month, Donald Trump showed up on Raw again to kick off the feud with McMahon, the reception was quite different. The moment he began speaking, there could be no doubt he was the real deal.