Eric Bischoff Explains WWE’s Difficult Decision At SummerSlam Between Brock Lesnar & Randy Orton

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You can listen to Eric’s comments from the transcription below in the embedded audio player above.

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On whether or not he would keep Brock Lesnar strong with a win over Randy Orton at SummerSlam in the wake of his recent USADA violations:

EB: That’s a really, really, really tough question. I would spending a lot of hours thinking about that and probably beating my head on sharp objects in the process trying to come up with the right answer for that one. I’m just going to be honest, with all due respect to Brock, who I respect immensely. Despite recent events. Randy Orton, when I stepped in to WWE Randy Orton was pretty new on the scene. I just dug him then and I still do now. I don’t think we’ve ever seen the best of Randy Orton, yet. I’m not sure that we will. There is so much potential in that guy… but he’s got a history. He’s had complications. He is where he is at this stage in his career. If I was sitting back and going, “What do I do? On my left side of this equation I’ve got this monster that I am paying an astronomical amount of money a year to for a minimal number of dates. So, I’ve got to keep him alive and keep him viable. However, he did just step in a bucket of crap.” You can twist it. Spin it. Try to ignore it. Whatever you want to do. Stepping up. Going in to the UFC. Defeating Mark Hunt and then failing a drug test. It doesn’t do him or the WWE any good right now. On the other hand, you’ve this guy by the name of Randy Orton who is a phenomenal talent but, let’s be honest, he’s probably not got a lot of time left on his career clock and he’s got his own issues from time to time. So which one of these two do I want to prop up under these particular circumstances? I think, setting aside how I feel about them as performers, from a purely business point of view, I would probably have to go with Randy. Otherwise, all I am doing is drawing more attention to myself due to a really unfortunate situation. The good news is time heals all wounds. It really does. 

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

  • What Eric’s philosophy towards developing a developmental system was in WCW
  • Criticism that WCW didn’t create new stars
  • Whether or not he has ever been approached for a coaching position in the WWE Performance Center
  • The burgeoning relationship between WWE and the independents
  • CMLL, ROH & NJPW announcing a working relationship
  • The rise of the international territory system
  • More…

Eric also gives his thoughts and predictions for a few SummerSlam matches including:

  • Dean Ambrose defending the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler
  • Seth Rollins battling Finn Balor to become the first Universal Championship
  • Brock Lesnar vs Finn Balor
  • John Cena vs AJ Styles

He then airs the first half of his interview with WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze (aka Madusa). During the interview they discuss:

  • Her relationship with her husband who is an active military member
  • How she got in to the pro wrestling business
  • Her first memories of meeting Eric early in their careers
  • Her current career as a monster truck driver for Monster Jam
  • More…