Eric Bischoff On Why He Was In Favor Of Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes Over Reigns vs. The Rock

Eric Bischoff recently spoke on his podcast, “83 Weeks,” about a variety of professional wrestling topics including why he was in favor of staying with the Roman Reigns-Cody Rhodes story over Reigns vs The Rock:

“It’s not so much that I think the Cody-Roman match is bigger than Rock versus Roman. I’m not putting that kind of evaluation on it in my own mind. I think the reason that I’m resistant to the idea of just putting Cody’s storyline on hold is because we rushed Rock to the scene and didn’t really think through the process. It would have been too much too soon. If that Bloodline storyline with The Rock had been the foundation for that story or the beats in that story would have been happening for the last three, four or five months, I’d be with you on that. I might have a different opinion altogether, but that wasn’t the case. It was a rushed story. It was an angle. That is what it really was. It wasn’t a storyline. It wasn’t a typical act one. It was an angle to start a story and I just think it would have been rushed. I think putting Cody’s story off to the side, a story that has been told for a year now, a little over a year, it’s a timing issue. It’s not a quantitative issue. It’s a timing issue.”

On Sting’s last match coming up on AEW’s Revolution Pay Per View:

“I’m certainly looking forward to the main event. If it was a little bit easier, I’d probably fly down and get a ticket and put on a wig and glasses and show up in the back and watch just to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to it. It hurts me just a little bit when you say I know you’re going to be critical. I’m not going to be critical if I don’t have anything to be critical about. I want to be supportive and I’m going to try to be supportive. There’s always ways to make things better and if there’s something that I see, then I’ll probably point it out, but I’m not chomping at the bit to be negative. I want to walk away being very excited for my friend, Steve Borden, and feel like he closed that last chapter exactly the way he wanted to and was able to bask in the glow of such a long, successful career in those last few moments in front of 16,000 plus people. I think it’ll be an amazing experience. I’m pumped.”

On Kevin Nash saying he won’t be at Sting’s last match because of his loyalty to Triple H:

“I think there’s more to it than that. I said to you that if I hadn’t just got off a week’s travel, I would want to go and be a part of it. I would go in disguise for no other reason than I wouldn’t want to be a distraction and I bet that’s part of it for Kevin. I know Kevin pretty well. Kevin is a good friend. He can be a real stubborn, grumpy, moody, tough individual to do business with sometimes, but he’s a good friend. He’s a loyal friend. I don’t know. I’m not Kevin. I didn’t hear his comments. I’m just reacting to what I’ve read and heard you just say. I think there’s more to it and I think the fact that Kevin doesn’t really want to go there and be a distraction on Sting’s night. He may not have said it, but I would imagine it’s part of it as well. I understand that part especially when you’re Kevin Nash. It’s not like he’s gonna be able to sneak in. Is he gonna put on a wig and hide? I don’t think so. Sometimes Kevin, depending on the mood he’s in, he’ll say something that I was like, wow, that’s kind of crazy, but I would imagine a big part of it is he just doesn’t want to be a distraction.’

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