Eric Bischoff Praises Build For This WrestleMania Match, Says WWE Raw Was ‘Awesome’

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Eric Bischoff Praises Build For This WrestleMania Match, Says WWE Raw Was ‘Awesome’: Eric Bischoff discussed a number of topics, including Roman Reigns’ loss of the Undisputed WWE Universal Title against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 40, and the recent build for the WWE World Title Match at WrestleMania 40. Below are some highlights for your perusal:


Eric Bischoff Praises Build For This WrestleMania Match, Says WWE Raw Was ‘Awesome’


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Regarding WWE’s “creative liberties” given to CM Punk, Drew McIntyre, and Seth Rollins during their Raw promo:

  • “It was very noticeable to me, and this is not a criticism.” This observation is likely to be interpreted as criticism by internet trolls, as is often the case with online content. However, I found it to be awkward—in a nice sense. I realized this was strange within the first forty-five seconds of less than a minute. Not “bad” unusual, not “good” odd—just strange. Simply put, it wasn’t what we were expecting to witness. Because of what we’re accustomed to seeing in-ring and backstage promos (please don’t even start me talking about backstage s**t again) will be doing another show, because we won’t have a choice.


  • However, that wasn’t what we were used to seeing. And it forced me to delve deeper and ask myself, “Why am I feeling differently about this?” And it was quite evident very immediately that these guys were riffing. They were all working without a script; they all probably had bullet points. They were aware of their goals as they set out. But it was as simple as “Okay, go.” And to tell the truth, not all of it connected. There were a few mistakes made there. There were, you know, little, tiny, tiny mistakes. More blunders, I won’t even mention that. The encounter had an air of discomfort, which is what made me think, but in a nice manner, that this was not your normal WWE experience.  I felt like I was watching live TV as opposed to Disney on Ice in an IMAX theater.”


  • On enjoying the promo: “So I dug it, I did get a little — about two thirds of the way through it, I started — my producer hat, somebody threw it at me and I put it on by mistake, and started thinking about it. I was man, ‘This is not producing much. There’s not a lot of — whatever the intent was, I think they’re probably coming up a little short.’ Until the end, and it paid off spectacularly. And it was like, “mucker fudders, they got me. They got me!’ So no, I loved it. And look, hats off to everybody. Punk, Drew, everybody involved in that, Seth. But particularly Punk and Drew. Because the whole idea of you know, a confrontation. And intelligently, they didn’t put Drew in a ring because that would have almost forced something that couldn’t happen, obviously. But number one, you’re outside of the ring. So cutting a promo back and forth with somebody, when you’re 30 feet away from them is a little more challenging. Like, when you’re face to face it’s a lot easier, you know, four or five feet apart. It’s a lot easier to make it feel real, because you’re feeling it. It’s like when I used to do promos, and I’d be in the ring and somebody would be up on the ramp. I hated those things, because that distance took the energy away in terms of the ping-pong that you do when you’re out there with a microphone battling, so to speak.


  • “So number one, the distance between them. And I know that’s gonna sound like it doesn’t make sense. But if you’re a performer and you’ve been in that situation, you understand it. You feel it. But bigger than that was, we’re out here having a debate between two megastars, and building tension about whether or not Punk’s going to be a referee or a color commentator. I mean, the stakes were a little limp. I wanted to throw them both a BlueChew digitally, because it was kind of lasted. It just didn’t—eeh. Until the end. And then it picked up, and it all came together. So you know, hats off to him. Everybody did a great job. But it’s hard as a performer — if you don’t have something real. Real stakes or a real issue, real intent. So for Punk to come out there — number one, he’s injured, bad situation. To have somebody make fun of you for being injured, especially when it’s true, is even more difficult, right? That takes — it’s harder as a performer. But it all came together; I thought they did a great job and they deserved the pop that they got.”
Regarding the possibility that Roman Reigns may lose the undisputed WWE Universal Title at WrestleMania 40:
  • “I’ll be shocked if they don’t.” If they don’t, it’s because they’ve devised a superior strategy. However, I have no idea what that would entail.

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