Bischoff talks about the 2019 WWE Draft being a 'nightmare'
Submitted by Aaron T-Bar Rift on 10/14/2020 at 09:59 AM

During his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff reflected on his job as Smackdown Executive Director and here are the highlights...

His role: "The positions of executive director of RAW and Smackdown were brand new positions. I think they had been thought through very well on paper, but they hadnít been executed or integrated into an actual process. There wasnít really clarity on what that position was. I think there was some fuzziness or fog in regard to clarity for the position."

"Paul [Heyman] didnít have any more creative control than I did. The only person there who had creative influence was Vince McMahon. Everybody elseís job was to come to the table with ideas and then Vince would pretty much take them from there. I had as much access to Vince as I wanted to have."

First Smackdown on FOX: "A lot of excitement, a lot of chaos. Anytime youíre doing a live show, in WWE especially, thereís a lot of last minute changes and modifications. Youíre constantly dealing with variables or changes, some minor, some radical, some you have time for and some youíre fixing literally on the fly. Thereís always this sense of controlled chaos at a big event like this premier wasÖ We were still trying to navigate roster splits. Iíve never been through something like that in my life, just hundreds of hours of my life that Iíll never get back. It was tough."

The 2019 WWE Draft: "That was just a freaking nightmare right up until the final moments we went on air. It was constant second guessing, back and forth, last minute changes. It was just brutal. Iím watching now and I know the draft is going on now and Iím thinking man, I havenít heard from Bruce [Prichard] in a long time and Iím going to wait till after this is all over to reach out to him. This is just f***ing miserable if itís the same as it was last year. I can tell you literally up until the day of the show none of us knew who was going where. Try writing T.V. that way, by the way."
(quotes courtesy of

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