Eric Bischoff gets brutally honest on WWE production meetings
WWE Hall of Famer and former WCW President Eric Bischoff had some very clear thoughts on the production meetings from his time in WWE. More than anything else, he felt like it was a waste of time.
The WWE Hall of Famer went on the Oral Sessions podcast where he gave his thoughts on the matter. Eric Bischoff did not hold back.
“My first visceral reaction was, ‘this is a fucking waste of a lot of time.’ You do not need all of those people in one large meeting. When you’re going through a format, I don’t give a shit. I don’t need to know when a graphic is going to hit. The guys in the truck need to know that. They should have their own production meeting. To spend two hours going over that stuff where you really only needed an hour, tops, 45 minutes if you’re focused, to get through. To tie up all of that staff, who are not doing other things that they could have actually been doing. We worked out all of that stuff during the week, before we got to TV. You sit through the two or three hour production meeting and while you’re sitting there starving because you haven’t had lunch and you’re watching Hunter [Triple H] and Vince (McMahon) piling down filet mignon and sushi while you’re sucking down warm coffee in a Styrofoam cup.
“I thought that was a real waste of time. Here’s the best part; everyone does get to eat lunch and they go off and start doing the things they are assigned to do at the end of the elongated luncheon for the McMahon family and then you find out….we’re tearing shit up and we’re going to start all over again at five o’clock. We’re not talking about, ‘let’s take this match and move it from segment three to segment six’ or ‘somebody got hurt and let’s rebook a match and figure out a way to explain it and make sense.’ It’s not that, it’s [ripping paper]. There were times like 15 minutes before the show and we’re re-writing scenes.”
It’s safe to say, Eric Bischoff was not a fan of the WWE production meetings. The Hall-of-Famer doesn’t have to worry about that anymore though.