Eric Bischoff has praised MJF for his improv skills on the most recent episode of After 83 Weeks following his appearance on this week’s AEW Dynamite.
Bischoff made his second-ever AEW appearance during the Chris Jericho/MJF Town Hall segment to determine if MJF should be able to join the Inner Circle. Posing questions to both Jericho and Friedman, Bischoff clearly concluded that Jericho was a primadonna and that MJF had a lot of the same traits, which would most likely lead to in-fighting between the two if Friedman joined.
What wasn’t so clear, however, is that Bischoff actually changed the verbiage of his questions from the pre-prepared notes and only informed Jericho of the change:
“I took what had been prepared for me in the notes [and] I went, ‘Oh yeah. But if I changed it up this way, it won’t change the meaning of anything. It does the exact same thing. It just kind of makes it feel more tuned-in politically, based on the theme of that segment.’ So I went to Chris and I said, ‘hey, Chris, I got an idea.’ He goes, ‘Yeah, go ahead. That’s what you’re here for. Make it your own.’ I went ‘wow, that’s f***ing cool.’ That’s the way I like to work.
Eric Bischoff went on to describe his realisation that he never informed Friedman of the change, heavily praising MJF’s on-the-spot improv skills:
“It wasn’t until last night when I watched it, did I realize that I smartened up Chris, but I didn’t smarten up MJF. He had no idea that question was coming the way I posed it.”
“He just hit that thing like a two-hundred pound softball, just splattered it, didn’t miss a beat… Everybody knows he’s a very talented guy and certainly he knows it. But I was so impressed with the way he didn’t even blink when I changed up the dialogue that he was expecting. That was really cool.”
The segment ended with Chris Jericho challenging MJF to a match at Full Gear on November 8th with the added stipulation that if MJF won, he could join the Inner Circle.
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Credit to Fightful for the transcription.