On a recent edition of the “After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson” podcast, Eric Bischoff spoke about a couple of recent big news stories in the pro wrestling world.
The former WCW Executive Vice President gave his take on the situation between Dean Ambrose and WWE, as well as Jeff Jarrett signing with WWE after working against them for so many years.
Featured below are some of the highlights of comments Bischoff made about the Ambrose and Jarrett stories during the show:
On Jeff Jarrett signing with WWE, working with him in the past and his talents/abilities: “I’ve worked with Jeff in a number of different capacities. As a talent, whatever. He’s achieved whatever he’s achieved. He was never that top guy, main event, big star. But he was a solid mid-card, upper mid-card performer throughout his career, which is, by the way, a hell of a lot. That shouldn’t sound as uncomplimentary as it’s intended to be…. But when it comes to communicating a creative vision from a room full of writers and communicating that to talent in a way that the talent can understand, that’s the key to a good producer. Jeff is phenomenal at that. One of the best I’ve ever worked with. So I think he’s in a perfect role for what truly is his real skill set.”
On Dean Ambrose parting ways with WWE: “No disrespect at all to Dean Ambrose…I don’t think it matters at all. That’s not because of Dean’s abilities or lack thereof. But in WWE right now WWE is the star. Everybody else on that roster is a costar, to one degree or another. Stars are now interchangeable. The roster is deep enough, and the pool of talent is deep enough that whether it’s a situation like Roman Reigns, as devastating as that was, WWE shifted on the fly. They didn’t even have to hit the clutch. They just kept going, right? I think that that’s intentional.
“People’s situations change. If you’ve invested all of your resources, not just financial but all of your television time and all that real estate into building up a character, and through some scenario that you couldn’t anticipate that character is no longer there, you’re in a rebuild situation. That can be devastating. WWE has gone through that before. They learned that lesson. Vince McMahon learned what happened when competition comes along and takes your talent, and I think he endeavored to build a company that was for the most part impervious to that. He did it by making WWE the star, and the talent less significant than the show that they’re on.”
Check out more from the After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson podcast featuring Eric Bischoff via the YouTube video embedded below.