Former WCW Executive Producer and WWE talent Eric Bischoff recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet, and you can watch the entire interview above. Below are some interview highlights.
On if Roman Reigns is over in WWE:
“Over is a subjective term. It means different things to different people. Clearly, he’s high profile, if that’s what over means to some people. Is he a fan favorite? If that’s what you mean by over, no. Does he get the right kind of heat, that is constructive, that can be used in order to advance a storyline – questionable. But I don’t think that’s Roman’s fault…He has been forced down everybody’s throat for two years.
But no matter how good you are, I don’t care if you’re Vince McMahon if you’re Steven Spielberg if you’re William frickin’ Shakespeare, it doesn’t matter. The audience is only gonna go so far, and you can only force that fish to swim upstream until it just gets tired and has to go the other way.”
On if WWE should turn Roman Reigns heel:
“Oh yeah, I wish they would turn him heel, I wish they would embrace that.
I really hate when people say, ‘oh we’re gonna let the fans decide’. That’s like the dumbest stuff I’ve ever heard. Can you imagine if you were writing a movie, or directing a movie, and you went to the movie studio and said, ‘look, I got this script, and we’re gonna cast the greatest actor that we can afford, but I’m not really sure if I want him to be a good guy or a bad guy, we’re gonna let the audience decide’. That would be the last movie you ever wrote or directed. And that’s kinda what they’re doing with Roman. And I just don’t buy that, ‘oh we’re gonna let the audience decide’ stuff. I don’t believe the talent really believes it. I think it’s a way to kinda cover up the fact that the creative that’s being provided to that talent is probably less than up to par. I think if it was me, I’d make him a heel.”
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