Eric Bischoff’s Thoughts on Roman Reigns’ Push and the new WWE TV Deal

It seems everyone has an opinion on the state of Roman Reigns career.  We sure do and we haven’t been shy about sharing them with you.  The co-conspirator of the Monday Night Wars, Eric Bischoff, has some too.  In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, he spoke about that as well as many other things.  We’ll hit the highlights here concerning Roman:

“Is he a fan favorite if that’s what you mean by over? No. Does he have the right kind of heat that is constructive and can be used in order to advance a storyline? Questionable. But I don’t think that that’s Roman’s fault. I think the way he’s been packaged and the way he’s been presented and dare I say it, because I don’t like to be critical but there’s no other way to say it, he’s been forced down everybody’s throats for two years. But no matter how good you are, I don’t care if you’re Vince McMahon or you’re Steven Spielberg or if you’re William freaking Shakespeare, it’s doesn’t matter. The audience is only going to go so far. You can only force that fish to swim upstream until it just gets tired as has to go the other way. I wish they would turn him heel. I wish they would embrace that.”

He also had this to say about WWE’s new TV deal:

“You’ve got Raw which is still the flagship show in the opinions of many, which is over on USA Network which is owned by NBC Universal and now you’ve got Smackdown which is on network television owned by FOX Network. They’re competitive networks. Now what’s going to happen when the WWE, which traditionally has been able to cross pollinate talent and do all kinds of cute little things creatively? What’s going to happen when WWE says ‘We’re going to take this guy who’s really getting over here on FOX and put him over here on Raw for a night?’ I think some FOX executives are going to go ‘Woah, woah woah! I can give you a billion reasons over the next 5 years why we don’t want that to happen.’ That’s the kind of thing that I think politically is going to be an interesting manifestation of those choices.”

 

If you want to see the rest of the interview, you can watch it right here:

 

Botch Take:  On the Roman thing, I’m not feeling him there.  Society is full of grey area.  No one is totally good or totally bad.  We talked about that a bit during the Imperial Pod this week.  If the fans don’t like him, he’s heel.  Could he do more heel-ish things?  Yeah, but “turning him heel” is so 1985.

As far as the TV thing, he’s a TV creator/producer by trade so this is really good info.  I hadn’t thought about the conflict this could generate.  Both shows would need to be on the same network for WWE to do what it wants with regard to shuffling talent from show to show.  If they’re on competing networks, that changes things dramatically.  I totally see what he means there.