After being backstage at recent AEW tapings, and following on from his role as executive director of SmackDown for a few months last year, Bischoff spoke about the contrasting environments on his latest 83 Weeks podcast.
“When I went backstage at AEW, the first thing I noticed is wow, these guys are actually having fun trying to figure these things out. These guys are actually having fun trying to lay a match out in a way that not only entertains the audience but advances the story. You could tell, I could hear some of the conversations as I was walking by, these guys are working hard to get each other over, they’re not just working hard to get themselves over which you have to do.
“When you get to that point, and you’re coming at it with a frame of mind of how can I make my opponent look better than me and your opponent is looking to do the same thing, that’s when the magic happens. I can’t say enough good things about the talent, the energy backstage, the hospitality, the professionalism, it was really a great experience for me.
“The process for professional wrestling has evolved to the point where everything has been so scripted. Now that AEW is approaching it differently, it’s a collaboration. I’m guessing they fill in a lot of the detail and the colors in a collaborative way the day of the show, that was my impression. That’s going back to the future, that’s the way it used to be when it was good, when talent had a lot of input into their promos and characters. That’s the collaboration that in my opinion, made wrestling so much fun to watch.”
Bischoff was also very complimentary fo Tony Khan, praising Khan’s producing and speaking about how clear it is that he loves what he’s doing with AEW.
Transcription via WrestlingInc