On the recent post-show for his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW Executive Vice President and the new WWE SmackDown LIVE Executive Director, Eric Bischoff, spoke with show-host Christy Olson about his new gig with WWE, the future of his podcast now that he is returning, his status for this Sunday’s WWE Extreme Rules 2019 pay-per-view and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview, as well as a complete archive of the show.
On what is different about producing a wrestling TV now compared to the past: “The honest answer is, I’ve got a lot to learn between now and the time I actually am fully integrated into the process, because the audience has changed. Television has changed. So much has changed over the last five or seven years that I’ve got some catching up to do. I’m not going to sugarcoat it.”
On the reason why he’s so sure his “83 Weeks” podcast will continue: “Because I’ve discussed it. Because it was a topic of conversation and everybody’s cool with it. So it’s not an issue. My issue is going to be timing. I’m not going to lie to you. Clearly my life has changed dramatically. I’m not sure what it’s going to be like once I get fully immersed into the process. I’m guessing it’s going to be challenging. But I’ll find a way.”
On why he and WCW have the reputation they do: “That was the narrative coming out of WWE at the time. You know, ‘The only reason that WCW is competitive is because billionaire Ted [Turner] is giving Eric a blank check.’ That wasn’t true. ‘The only reason they’re competitive is they’re stealing all of our talent.’ That wasn’t true.”
On whether or not he is seeking career redemption with the new WWE position: “What can I do to meet and exceed everybody’s expectations? That’s really the way I look at it. I’m really not looking at it within the context of anything else that’s ever happened before.”
On who he told about his return to WWE: “That’s it, my family. It’s just another thing that’s inherent in me about this industry is, just don’t talk.”
On whether he’ll be backstage at Extreme Rules: “No, I’ll be driving on Sunday. It’s going to take me five days, it’s like 2000 miles and I’ve got a couple stops I want to make a longer wait. So I’ll probably be stuck on the Ohio Turnpike on Sunday.”
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