Speaking to Inside the Ropes’ Liam Alexander-Stewart, Eric Bischoff has revealed which younger wrestling talent he loves most, naming none other than Monday Night RAW’s own ‘Original Bro’ Matt Riddle.
During a recent Ad-Free Shows Q&A event, Inside the Ropes had the opportunity to speak with Detroit’s own Eric Bischoff about his views on the current wrestling product and who stands out to him as a future star within the industry.
Responding to a question from Liam Alexander-Stewart, regarding his views on young talent who transcend their age or lack of exposure and are able to successfully operate at the main event level, Bischoff would discuss Matt Riddle’s partnership with ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton and how he believes, it is the perfect partnership for both performers.
Discussing the matter, Bischoff would state:
“As far as some of the younger talent or newer talent that are coming up who I think could be Main Event quality, I love Matt riddle. I, I just love him.”
‘Eazy E’ would continue, expanding on what he enjoys most about the Matt Riddle character and how it stands out to him amidst everything else on television at current:
“Not only do I like his character, because this character, isn’t that unique. I mean, he, he does that character uniquely well, but we’ve seen that type of character in other forms of entertainment. So what’s that like something we’ve never seen before? He’s got that what was that character from that movie? It was kind of like a, it was kind of like a burned-out skateboarder.
But we’ve seen that type of character and other forms of entertainment. Matt does it so well. That’s what makes it unique is he does it so well and it’s so believable.”
Finally, the mind behind WCW would discuss Riddle’s pairing with Orton and how he believes it is the best scenario for both performers and can help elevate Riddle whilst keeping Orton fresh and interesting to existing viewers:
‘I think the pairing of Matt riddle and Randy Orton is probably the best example of a great way to use an established talent as I don’t think there’s anybody in the industry today. That would not agree with the fact that Randy Orton is one of the best performers of his era, and still is at the top of his game. And to and to have Randy Orton has been around for whatever it’s been 17, 18 or 20 years I don’t even know how long paired up with a guy like Matt Riddle, and elevate Matt in the process is the absolute perfect way to use establish older talent with a younger talent so that both of them benefit Randy’s got a new lease of life as a character, not as a performer. You know, Matt riddle isn’t making Orton a better performer, Randy Orton is already at the top of his game, but as a character, this is like a whole new lease on life for Randy, the combination of Matt Riddle and Randy Orton, to me is like a really cool, you know, what he kept moving?’
To conclude his thoughts, Eric Bischoff would summarise his views on the partnership stating that it is the use of both performers:
“I mean, it’s perfect casting.”