Eric Bischoff Discusses Working With Vince Russo And Bruce Prichard, Creating Storylines

Eric Bischoff Discusses Working With Vince Russo And Bruce Prichard, Creating Storylines
Eric Bischoff called into Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio on 100.3 FM The Fan in Minneapolis (on Twitter at EPWRadio) to discuss a number of topics with Big D, Tim and Crisco including the creative team for TNA Wrestling, who was going to be the third man in the nWo storyline before Hulk Hogan got on board, his current relationship with Vince McMahon and more. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

Comparing Bruce Prichard with Vince Russo in their roles writing for TNA Wrestling what are Bruce's strengths: "It's hard to compare, two entirely different people with entirely different skill sets and backgrounds and experiences and things like that so it's kind of a waste of energy to try and compare them other than to say they are two completely different people. I enjoyed working with Vince, I don't wanna ever sound like I didn't. It was a challenge for me and it was a challenge for Vince because of our personalities and because of the way we approach things, but it was never personal for TNA and I don't think it was for him either.

"I like working with Bruce a lot because Bruce has more experience than I do. I've been in the business for 25 years and I have a lot of experience but Bruce has more than I do. Not only does he have more experience than I do but he experienced the peak of WWE, the formulas that worked there and the processes that work there, he understands production very very well. I'm actually very impressed with his knowledge of production. I love his sensibility and his philosophy regarding wrestling story and finishes in particular. We see, not eye to eye, because that's not very good when two people agree on everything.

"We do have our moments, we had one about 24 hours ago I thought was going to last for 24 hours. But I respect him, he's been there, he's done that a couple times and he has the t-shirts. His philosophy is rooted very much in strong wrestling fundamentals. Wrestling is no different from comedy, it's no different than drama, it's no different than a really good action film, in that it all comes down to basic storytelling fundamentals.

"If you focus on the fundamentals, if you focus on the details and don't shortcut, chances are your stuff will probably be pretty good. It's when you try to get so off the wall and throw so much stuff up against the wall and try and be wacky for the sake of being wacky and you abandon simple fundamental story telling that's when you crater and that's what I like about working with Bruce. Even though we may disagree on certain things I know that when he is disagreeing he's disagreeing from a point of good strong fundamentals and I respect that."

Is there an angle or storyline that hasn't been done yet: "First of all, if I did...or if I could..I wouldn't do it here. Secondly, I'd be lying to you if I said I saw some secret sauce back in the cupboard in the back that nobody has figured out yet. Nah, I don't think there is. Again, I don't know how many different basic stories there are but someone told me a longtime ago that was a film major, basically there is seven basic stories...boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. There's only seven different ways to tell a story and the art of storytelling and entertainment is just finding ways that feel new and camouflaging those seven basic stories so that it feels like something you haven't seen before.

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