Eric Bischoff has suggested that WWE creative will be “greatly enhanced” following the departure of Vince McMahon.
WWE has recently, and to a degree still is, undergoing the biggest backstage upheaval the company has seen in four decades.
Amidst a whirlwind of allegations Vince McMahon announced on July 22nd that he was retiring as WWE CEO and Chairman. It was subsequently confirmed that he will be replaced by Stephanie McMahon who becomes Chairwoman and co-CEO alongside Nick Khan.
Elsewhere in the reshuffle, Triple H was named Head of Talent Relations, and Head of WWE Creative.
This move in particular, has gone down well with fans who fondly remember Triple H’s time heading up NXT.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff offered his thoughts on Vince McMahon no longer having creative control. Bischoff famously went up against McMahon as President of WCW, as well as briefly working backstage with the former WWE Chairman as Executive Director of SmackDown.
Bischoff explained in no uncertain terms that he expects things to change for the better.
“You ask me what I think is gonna happen going forward, I think the creative process is going to be greatly, greatly enhanced. I think you’re going to see some incredibly talented people begin to do what they’re capable of doing without an almost unbearable process to do it in.
Look, Stephanie spent some time as head of creative. How did that work out? Working with Vince is tough, even for Stephanie. Triple H spent some time in that role. How did that work out? Not so much. That’s not because he didn’t have the talent, but it’s because that process, with that guy – he made no concessions for them or anybody else. You had to work his schedule. You had to be available.
If that phone rang at two o’clock in the morning, you better know your s**t. You better be able to open your eyes and have a coherent conversation about what you may have thought was an obscure detail that didn’t matter too much. But if you didn’t have a full grasp of your show at two o’clock in the morning, 30 seconds after you open your eyes, that plane ride on Monday morning is gonna suck for you.
My point is, Stephanie has experienced that, Triple H has experienced that. Because they’ve experienced that, is it likely they’re gonna pick up where Vince left off, or is it more likely there’s gonna be a different approach that’s gonna make it a whole lot more functional and easier on the creative team that will, within the relative short-term in 60 or 90 days, I think you’re gonna start seeing a lot better creative.
Nothing drastic, or nothing that’s gonna make people go ‘oh wow, I can’t believe they’re doing that.’ Not that, but I think you’re gonna see consistency in story because that’s what’s lacking right now. I anticipate a much better creative process that will yield a much better product in terms of storytelling and character development.”
During the episode, Bischoff reflected further on McMahon’s retirement, commenting that he was still processing the news.
It has also been reported that a number of former WWE stars have claimed they would still be with WWE had Triple H assumed creative control earlier.
H/t to 411 Mania for the transcription.