• Eric Bischoff Shoots Down A Rumor About The WWE Creative Process
On a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WCW Legend Eric Bischoff said that the perception of WWE Wrestlers having no say in the creative process is false.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“If there is a perception out there that wrestlers really don’t have a voice in their creative in WWE and it’s really all up to the writers, that’s not accurate. I can only tell you about the very brief time that I was involved in the creative process back in 2019 or whatever it was, but talent would often go to the writers with their ideas and it was up to the writers to help shape that idea.
No matter how great you are as a performer and how much experience you’ve had as a performer, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re that great at putting together an extended storyline that fits in the framework of what you need for television. As a talent, you could go to a writer that understood the basic building blocks of a story and say I’ve got this great idea and it was up to that writer to work with that talent and come up with an idea that made sense and then present that idea ultimately to Vince McMahon.
I saw that a lot and I generally don’t talk about things that Vince and I talked about when it came to business because I generally don’t think I should. But in this case, I’m going to stick up for WWE and at least dispel that rumor because at least I was there. One of the first things Vince said to me was ‘Eric, reach out to the talent. Develop a relationship with the talent, let them give you their ideas, get them involved in the process’.
I am telling you that was some of the early direction that I got from Vince McMahon himself. I think this persistent narrative that oh it’s just a bunch of writers and wrestlers don’t have any choice and they’re forced [to do this]. There probably are situations where talent is asked to do things they really don’t feel as comfortable with or they have ideas that they really want to get out there but for whatever reason they’re not clicking yet.
I get that, that happens but I just want everybody to know that WWE, at least when I was there, not only encouraged talent to work with writers but encouraged the people who were in charge of the writers to work with talent to get some of the wrestling perspective into it.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (July 23, 1983) – WCCW TV
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 23, 1983, Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV Show.
The show featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments featuring several WCCW Superstars.
Here’s the match-card:
– Mexican Women’s Title: Lola Gonzales vs. Vicki Carranza
– John Mantell vs. Michael Hayes
– Chris Adams vs. Terry Gordy
– Bruiser Brody vs. Buddy Robberts