Eric Bischoff can only praise WWE’s business model; However, the notes are not sweet when it comes to the creative team.
Bischoff led the World Championship Wrestling Tournament for over a year in a dominant ranking ahead of WWE (then known as WWF). The writer, television executive, and wrestling personality who spent the longest time with WWE from 2002 to 2007. Speaking to CBS Sports, Bischoff praised the production value and understanding of the business. WWE’s business while noting how much the stock price has risen over the past year, but he argues against it. The creative process is limiting the growth of greater potential.
“That would be story structure. It would use a more pragmatic approach to story structure. Actually, discipline would be a better word than pragmatic. The first must realize that a story is a story. It has to be structured. It’s not going to be different than shooting a movie without a blocked script and not really knowing what the end of the movie is. You can’t do cinema that way. You can’t produce. TV shows that way. You can’t even write books that way. more about a more disciplined and well-thought-out story structure.
“That’s the flawed part of WWE’s creation, at least in my opinion, that everything is the same. Okay, one red show and one blue show, and there are those. Different names on the list, but the interface, the storytelling technique, or the lack of storytelling technique, everything feels so familiar and so long ago I think it will need to be disinfected. WWE is such a perfectly executed live production that it doesn’t even feel alive. It feels like you’re watching a feature film. I think with wrestling because it’s a fight-based event. school, you want viewers at home to feel like part of the event. Sometimes overproducing that show can take that away from home viewing.”
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Recent years have seen the rise of WWE’s first real rival since WCW, All Elite Wrestling. Bischoff has appeared a few times in AEW, most recently in May 2021. But his relationship with AEW owner Tony Khan appears to have deteriorated after Khan said that the former WCW owner Ted Turner doesn’t have 1% of his own wrestling knowledge, and if Turner did, WCW would still be on the air.
On his “83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff” podcast, Bischoff called Khan’s comments “uninformed” and “uninformed”.
“We’re very friendly and close. There’s mutual respect. All that good stuff. Until recently, I was asked a question and I answered and it caused, tough feeling from Tony, I guess,” Bischoff said. “I tried to call Tony but he didn’t call me back. Someone told me, to whom Tony was complaining, about how upset he was about the things I said. He said. , ‘Hey, why don’t you give Tony a call?’ I said, “Sure! I’m not mad at Tony.”
“I don’t hold a grudge. It doesn’t change the way I feel about Tony, I just have to express my opinion and react to something Tony actually said about me and I take it for granted. respecting his own record and being even more disrespectful and quite frankly, ignorant, regarding the comment he made about Ted Turner That’s what I reacted to, but I’m not mad at Tony When my friend said to call him, I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll call him.’ I’ve left a message and haven’t gotten a response yet so he’s obviously a bit annoyed. But that’s okay.”
Bischoff and Fusient Media had expressed intent to buy WCW, which was facing financial problems, shortly before its collapse in 2001. Ultimately, the group was unable to raise funds fast enough to acquire the company first. when Vince McMahon and WWE dived into an acquisition in a move that gave WWE decades of control over the professional wrestling scene.
According to Bischoff, plans were in place for most of WCW’s top stars to stay if his team could buy in 2001.
“Hulk Hogan will be in. Bill Goldberg will probably be in. Sting, a lot of the top names you’re already familiar with at WCW,” said Bischoff. “Not all of them, by the way, but most of them probably did. There’s another group on that list that most likely did. But to be honest, we really didn’t have much of a chance. formed an innovative strategy around the time we were trying to buy WCW. Much of our energy was focused on raising $67 million, which was a hefty price tag at the time.”
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