• JBL Comments On Waiting For WCW In The Parking Lot During The DX Invasion Of WCW
During a recent appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, Eric Bischoff, JBL, and Bruce Prichard talked about Bischoff trying to sign Pat Patterson, DX invading WCW and Bischoff trying to court JBL.
Below are the highlights:
On Bischoff trying to sign Pat Patterson:
Sam Roberts: It got to the place where off screen, writers were being traded back and forth, was there a point where you tried to get Bruce?
Eric Bischoff: No, that’s another part of the narrative. There was nobody we sat back and tried to steal. When talent came over it was really them coming to us not us trying to cherry pick. The only person I tried was Pat Patterson, people kept telling me what a great finish guy he was and I knew looking at our product we needed someone with that depth of storytelling.
JBL: The headline out of that is that Eric wanted Pat but didn’t want Bruce Prichard.
On DX invading WCW:
JBL: We had a friendly rivalry, we did have the time when they invaded from Norfolk, we invaded in the afternoon and we didn’t know what would happen, Jerry Brisco went around telling people to be ready so we were in the parking lot, we had Ken Shamrock and that’s about all we needed really. We had no idea what was going to happen, we were out there until Vince was leaving.
Sam Roberts: Did you know that at the time Eric?
Eric Bischoff: No, I had no idea any of that was going on, it’s one of the things I regret the most. I would’ve let them in and whatever happened would have happened on television, that would have been some of the greatest television in the history of wrestling.
Sam Roberts: So, we are talking about when DX went over to Nitro and was like outside in the parking lot and driving a tank.
JBL: They had no plan.
Bruce Prichard: We had a little bit of a plan. I was there directing the whole thing.
JBL: I love the fact you had a dummy tape though, if you got kidnapped you were going to sneak the other one out. If you had got in the building though, what would you have done?
Bruce Prichard: Oh god, we just would’ve taped it and gone for it. We were hoping we were going to get in.
Eric Bischoff: I don’t think that would have been worth the effort because honestly, there was no heat between the boys. They would’ve broken in and would have been in character and then they would have high fived each other and cracked a beer. “
On Bischoff trying to court JBL:
Eric Bischoff: That was the only name we wanted at the time. I tried to court JBL once in an airport but it didn’t work out.
JBL: It got me a raise! I ran into Eric at a bar, it was the first time I met him and I was in the middle of a contract negotiation and I got a raise.
• Spoiler On WWE Officials Planning To Make History With Their Current Plans For WrestleMania 35 Main Event
According to The Dirty Sheets (which is the most accurate source for WWE News currently), WrestleMania 35 might become the first WrestleMania ever which would feature a Women’s match main eventing the show.
WWE officials are currently planning Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair for the Raw Women’s Championship to main event WrestleMania 35 next year.
Rousey is currently on Raw (and is expected to stay there as WWE wants to have most of their top draws on Raw) and Charlotte Flair is currently the SmackDown Women’s Champion (and might be coming to Raw sometime this year).