MLW’s Court Bauer Talks About His Time With Vince McMahon, Watching Eddie Guerrero Earn Vince’s Trust

Nick Hausman


The latest episode of Bischoff on Wrestling was released earlier tonight and featured exclusive interviews with MLW’s Court Bauer and the man who is 2-0 against AJ Styles in WWE… James Ellsworth!

Some of Court’s comments regarding his time as a member of the WWE creative team have been transcribed below.

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On lessons Court learned while working for Vince McMahon as a member of the WWE creative team:

CB: If you screw up, it’s on you. If Vince screws up he’ll say he screwed up. There’s a lot of valuable lessons I learned from working under Vince.

On Court’s memories of Eddie Guerrero winning Vince’s trust to do more creatively with his character:

CB: I saw with Eddie Guerrero that at first Eddie wasn’t allowed to really do much on his own. As time went on he was given that freedom to figure out his character. If he disagreed he’d let Vince know, “Vince, I’m not feeling that.” He can be kind of curmudgeonly about it. A little difficult but he knew who Eddie Guerrero was and if he didn’t feel something he wasn’t going to do it. I think that’s important for a guy to be able to advocate for himself but it’s a political thing. You have to have, like you said (Eric), it’s politics. You have to be tactful. There’s a bit of diplomacy involved. You also have to know your worth to Vince. If you try to pull stuff and he doesn’t see you as a money guy you’re going to have a really rough time. Whether it’s a contract issue or a creative issue. You’ve got to know where you stand in their eyes. Not your own eyes. Even if you feel that you aren’t being looked at accordingly. It’s important that you know where you stand in the bosses’ eyes. If you are going to try and pull something then he’s got to really appreciate where you are on the totem pole. If he doesn’t… you’re going to be surprised with the answer you get. (Laughs)

 

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This week’s show kicks off with Eric talking about Bill Goldberg’s return to WWE and the emotional reaction he received from the fans.

Nick and Eric then discuss some more top pro wrestling news stories including:

  • Billy Corgan suing TNA and all of the other drama surrounding TNA at the moment
  • Mick Foley teasing that Sasha Banks and Charlotte could headline Hell in a Cell
  • Linda McMahon’s $6 million donation to the Donald J. Trump Foundation

Eric then welcomes his first guest for this week MLW’s Court Bauer. During Court’s appearance the two discuss:

  • The rise of the pro wrestling podcast
  • What pro wrestling fans want from pro wrestling podcasts
  • The brief period of time that Court and Eric were working for WWE at the same time
  • Eric infamously getting dropped in a garbage truck by Vince McMahon
  • Court’s memories of Eric backstage and watching him chat with Paul Heyman
  • The time that Eric really disappointed Vince McMahon
  • More…

After Court Bauer’s interview Eric then answers some questions from fans that were submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #BischoffOnWrestling.

Following the mail bag segment Eric then welcomes his second guest to the show, James Ellsworth. James chats candidly with Eric about:

  • His time on the independent pro wrestling scene
  • Running his own wrestling promotion and the meaningful work he does outside of pro wrestling
  • What it was like to work with AJ Styles in the main event of Smackdown in a WWE World Championship match
  • Fans’ concerns that he may have hurt his neck taking the Styles Clash from AJ in their first bout
  • His reaction to getting his own TitanTron video, theme music and t-shirt
  • Vince McMahon’s reaction backstage after his WWE World Championship match with AJ Styles
  • What Dean Ambrose was like to work with
  • More…

Eric then wraps the show up with his final thoughts for the week.

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