Former WWE Executive Director Eric Bischoff has hit out at WWE production meetings and laments having to watch “Hunter and Vince pile down filet mignon and sushi” during them.
Bischoff took on the role of Executive Director of SmackDown when he returned to WWE in the summer of 2019. However, his tenure was short-lived and by October the former WCW President had been replaced by Bruce Prichard.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Eric Bischoff recalled attending WWE production meetings at this time, and revealed he was anything but a fan of them:
“My first visceral reaction was, ‘this is a f*cking 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 sh*t. 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.”
Eric Bischoff then explained that the killer blow came after the meeting when more often that not everything discussed was ripped up and everyone had to start all over again:
“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.”