• Eric Bischoff Comments On Mark Carrano’s WWE Firing – Says WWE’s Talent Relations Job Sucks
On the latest episode of his ’83 Weeks’ podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff gave his opinion on the WWE Talent Relations department, saying that a job in that department sucks.
Bischoff commented on this topic after the recent firing of Mark Carrano (who was WWE’s Senior Director of Talent Relations) over the Mickie James – Trash Bag Incident.
The 2021 Hall of Famer worked for WWE in an on-screen role from 2002 until 2005 and became the Executive Director of SmackDown in June 2019, a position he held until October 2019.
Here’s what Bischoff had to say:
“I’m not defending anybody in the talent relations position previously, now or in the future, but that job sucks.
You are going to be in a crossfire 24 hours a day.
On a good day, if you’re surrounded by 100 people, you’re probably going to piss off 50% of them, and you’ll make the other 50% of them happy.
It’s a tough tough gig, I don’t envy it.
Obviously Jim Ross could speak volumes and probably has and will in the future and reference his time in talent relations.
But you’re stuck between Vince McMahon, budgets, all the departments and all of the people that want access to talent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and then you have to keep talent happy too.
I don’t envy anybody that’s ever been in that job or ever will be. It sucks.”
Bischoff also talked about AEW working with Impact Wrestling:
“I understand what their thinking might have been.
If you’re Impact and you’re delivering 130,000 viewers a week, which is basically a YouTube video and you have an opportunity to get your product and your brand on a much higher profile network with 4-5 times the audience you have, why wouldn’t you do that?
I get that, there’s nothing wrong with the logic, but what have the dividends been so far?
Has Impact’s ratings gone up week after week after week after week? Who has benefited?
Not just jerking yourself off, making yourself feel good for a decision that you’ve made or support or a fan of, but in terms of numbers, how is this benefiting anybody?
Or is it really diluting AEW in particular in my opinion and not really helping Impact because when the AEW component of this eventually goes away, what do you have left?
Less than you started with because you’ve been building your brand around something that’s only temporary.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 3, 1997) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the Omaha Civic Center in Omaha, Nebraska and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 15: A Cold Day in Hell’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart vs. The New Blackjacks
2. Vader vs. Don Chota
3. Ahmed Johnson vs. Mike DeCero
4. The Nation of Domination vs. Derek Stone & Neil Haley