Former WCW Executive Producer, Eric Bischoff, provided his thoughts on WWE’s current promo style on the latest instalment of his 83 Weeks podcast.
On how WWE shoots promos, Bischoff said:
“I don’t know why anybody today still continues to shoot promos that way, because it’s about as 2001 as you can get. The technique has advanced so far beyond that. Particularly in WWE, I’m not here to bang on them, but it is what it is, and I’ve been b***hing about this for the last 15 years, so it’s nothing new. But God damn, figure out a different way to shoot your promos, because they suck as they are for the most part.”
As well as the camera style, Bischoff also criticised what he deemed unrealistic interviews with the talent:
“There is nothing f***ing believable about some talent standing backstage in a completely sterile environment, standing next to someone who’s asking the question and setting the talent up for the response. For the most part, it doesn’t have a story anyway, and then the talent walks off. It’s just horrible.”
Eric Bischoff added that the grainy, hand-held camera techniques employed by TNA (now Impact Wrestling) during his tenure between 2010 and 2014 were a more effective way of shooting promos:
“We started to do it in TNA, and then all of a sudden, WWE started doing it. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and I was actually flattered that they were copying what we were doing because I knew it was good. And they gave it up and went back to their old way, which they are still doing today.”
You can listen to the full episode of Eric Bischoff’s 83 Weeks podcast here.