Eric Bischoff Discusses Working With Vince Russo And Bruce Prichard, Creating Storylines
|By Daniel Pena | October 19, 2012 | Comments|
"I think we're there with professional wrestling particularly over the last 15 years because of the just plethora of programming that's out there. Going back to when Nitro was three hours and Thunder was two and Raw was three and then it was two and then it was three again and Smackdown is two hours then there's a bunch of shows in syndication, a bunch of replays on cable. It's like, I don't know how we've survived as long as we have... Well, I do but it's hard, it's really hard to come up with a story that hasn't been done before that the audience will accept. It's funny, we just got done doing two days of really intensive research in a couple different cities. Fascinating research by the way. I'm a little bit of a research nerd.
"One of the things I have known for a longtime but it becomes very apparent when you're sitting in a focus group of people who are identified as serious wrestling fans is that they're very... they take ownership, they're very particular, they're almost obsessive compulsive about it for the most part and they expect you to treat their product, because they look at it as their product, with a tremendous amount of respect. The minute you try to get too cute with it, you really piss them off. So when you ask me, is there some new storyline, some new way of doing it, some new angles, some new talent, whatever...
"Yeah, there's a couple different things we could try that have never been done before but I'm pretty sure how the audience would react that because it would be too far outside their box and comfort zone. It's just like Nascar fans, if Nascar decided if instead of turning left for 400 miles they're gonna turn right? People would just have seizures and die all over the country. Yeah, it's never been done before, it's really cool, feels different, feels fresh. It would be horrible, it's the same with wrestling. You gotta be real careful with that, believe me...I have the scar tissue to prove it."it.
Bischoff also remarks on scrapped plans to bring Sting into the nWO, his thoughts on son Garett's wrestling career, his current relationship with Vince McMahon, and more. You can listen to the interview here.
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