Bruce Prichard On The Steve Austin Vs. Eric Bischoff ‘Redneck Triathlon’

Bruce Prichard recently discussed Bad Blood 2003 on Something To Wrestle With. In this podcast, the former WWE creative member talked about the segments between Eric Bischoff and Steve Austin where they took part in the Redneck Triathlon. Here is what he had to say (transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc):

“Okay, lemme preface this with I talked to a few people that were working with me during this timeframe in the company,” Bruce Prichard explained as he admitted “parts of it that were extremely brutal. I’m going back to jog my memory on this, ‘what the hell were we doing here?’ We all had the general consensus of this was a time in the company where creative even hated creative.

“We were trying to get by. We were writing shows to get through the next day and just be done with it and move on to the next week. It was painful sometimes but it was not always the best and the triathlon, the Redneck Triathlon was you had Steve [Austin] who was going through some injury stuff so Steve couldn’t take any offense. Steve could give somebody something but he couldn’t take anything. So Steve was being protected that way from physicality. Now you’ve got Eric [Bischoff] who was a heel and Vince wanted to keep Steve good and he had to have them both on TV all the time.”

“We had an idea early on of what it could be,” Prichard continued explaining how the Redneck Triathlon was created. “They could compete in an Olympics of sorts in Texas, you know? The Texas Olympics. Then Vince came up with the Redneck Triathlon and that’s how we came to it.”