Former WCW Executive Producer, Eric Bischoff revealed why he preferred to keep announce desks away from ringside, during his tenure as WCW boss.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff explained:
“I don’t like looking at the announcers at ringside. I don’t know why, to me it always feels small. I don’t mind if they’re down on the floor, but I need some distance from the ring and the announce table. I don’t like seeing them up close to ringside and I can’t tell you why I feel that way, I just do.”
Announce desks that are situated away from ringside became a staple of WCW, in the mid to late nineties. The commentators instead called the action from desks stationed next to the ramp.
Bischoff elaborated why this was his preference:
“I preferred them the way obviously we had them [on] Nitro, where the announcers were far removed from the ringside area and it was kind of looking down towards it. I liked the distance between the two because to me it felt bigger just in general. It made the arena feel bigger when there was distance between the announce table and the ring.”
Bischoff joined WWE in 2002 as Raw General Manager. Upon his debut, Raw’s announce desks were repositioned to the top of the ramp, mirroring Nitro in it’s 1990s pomp.
WWE for the majority of the past two decades has shied away from stationing it’s commentators away from ringside. Announce desks are perfectly placed next to the ring where wrestlers crash through them on a regular basis. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Bischoff’s preference will come to bear again in the near future.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
h/t to Wrestle Zone for transcription