Eric Bischoff Critiques Conor McGregor’s Ability To Be A Heel & Create Controversy, “I Think He Could Have Done A Much Better Job”

The latest episode of Eric Bischoff’s new weekly podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was officially released today on iTunes & PodcastArena.com!

You can listen to Eric’s comments from the transcription below starting at the 30 minute mark in the embedded audio player above.

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On what he thought of Conor McGregor’s recent outspoken comments about Brock Lesnar and WWE Superstars:

EB: I’ve got two ways of looking at it. If Conor’s goal was to be a heel and to stir up interest and maximize the opportunity that he has I think he did an adequate job doing that. I think he could have done a much better job. If he was going to be a heel he should have been a heel 100%. Instead of going out and making a half-ass, smart-ass comment the way he did about the WWE roster. The back peddling and saying, “Oh, by the way Triple H is a good guy and I’ve got not problem with Vince McMahon.” He might have said something nice about Stephanie. To me that just took all the heel steam out of his comments. It kind of goes to one of the things that I think is so prevalent today is that people are really afraid to be a heel. I mean a real heel. I mean really commit to being a heel. Make people hate you. Don’t mitigate it trying to cover your rear end by making a broad statement about the WWE roster, how you think they’re all pussies and then come out and praise the Chairman of the Board and Triple H. It was just weird to me. If he did it for the sole intention of getting attention for himself I think he did an adequate job. It created controversy. Controversy will, as we all know, create cash. I think he could have done a much better job had he not talked about Brock Lesnar. Let’s face it. I like Brock. I feel horrible for him and the fans of WWE. It was a horrible situation. What Conor said was true. The first rule of thumb if you’re a heel is, “Don’t use the truth.” That just screws everything up because now everybody doesn’t know how to feel about you. Number One. Number two, don’t cover your ass and praise the boss and the bosses daughter and husband because they’re in control and then proceed to alienate and piss off the wrestling fans by calling out the entire roster. It’s stupid. Now, if he meant it and is intentionally doing it I think he did an adequate job. It could have been much better had he actually committed to it. Second scenario, he really believes it. In which case he’s ignorant. In the literal sense. I don’t mean it derisively. I mean it in the literal sense of the term. If Conor McGregor believes what he said he is exceptionally ignorant. Profoundly ignorant would probably be the best way to say it. It’s shocking to me. You’ve got guys like Dolph Ziggler for one and there’s maybe thirty or forty guys that regardless of Conor McGregor’s skill… and I like Conor McGregor as a fighter, don’t know him as a person… I am entertained by him as a fighter. If he really believes it? I doubt he does. I can’t imagine it. Weighing what he weighs at 112 pounds with rocks in his pockets or whatever it is. The thought he could slap around half the roster is actually comical.

This week’s “The Business of Professional Wrestling” segment features Eric discussing:

  • WWE and Joey Styles parting ways
  • The fine line WWE Superstars walk by saying controversial things about the company while under contract
  • Dean Ambrose’s comments on the live Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network about Brock Lesnar being lazy and not wanting to do business in their WrestleMania 32 bout
  • How Conor McGregor’s comments could have affected a bigger deal between WWE & UFC
  • Whether RAW’s ratings dropping sharply this week means anything
  • If it’s time to turn John Cena heel now due to his busy “Hollywood” schedule
  • His thoughts on The New Day
  • The return of the squash match to WWE
  • UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s recent controversial comments about Brock Lesnar and WWE Superstars
  • More…

He then airs the second half of his interview with Nick Aldis (aka Magnus). During the interview they discuss:

  • Eric thinking Nick had “a chip on his shoulder” the first time they met
  • Nick’s work with Sting in TNA
  • The uphill battle he faced in TNA being labeled a “Dixie Project”
  • Chris Jericho’s leap from WCW to WWE and the difference in storytelling
  • The Cruiserweight Classic
  • How we are currently in the wild west of digital distribution and advertising
  • Why Nick thinks Chael Sonnen was the pro wrestler in 2012
  • More…

Today’s show wraps up with Eric answering a handful of questions from fans

A new episode of Bischoff on Wrestling will be released every Wednesday night on iTunes & PodcastArena.com.

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