After starting work last week, new SmackDown Executive Director Eric Bischoff made an appearance during the Raw reunion last night, and is also set to attend his first production meeting today before team blue’s show in Miami, Florida this evening.
Recently, there has been numerous reports about Bischoff’s role and how much influence he will have, including some stories about people being upset over the delay in him starting his role.
On his latest ’83 Weeks’ Podcast, Bischoff addressed those stories and denied a lot of the recent rumors:
“Yeah, it’s been interesting, I’ve been reading a lot of the ‘dirt’ from a lot of the ‘dirt sheet’ faux journalists out there that presumably are trying to convince people that they know what’s really going on. And so far, the reporting on all of my, everything that I’ve read has been wrong so far. And you know, I’m not going to address it specifically because #1, I don’t want to give them or the crap that they bring any credibility. But I’ll just, suffice to say, if you’ve read it in a dirt sheet, or online or in a blog, it’s been wrong from day one.
My start date was never supposed to be before July 22nd. I made that very clear, and that was the understanding across the board. But nonetheless, it was reported across the boards early on by dirt sheet scumbags not to be named here, and it was reported wrong. And anything that’s been written and reported so far has been wrong in terms of what my role actually is and what it will be, and when my start date will be.”
Bischoff also alluded to his role for SmackDown and made it clear his involvement with the show will be over a period of time as opposed to taking it over and making it his own immediately:
“This is not, and clearly I knew this before I took this job, before I officially took the role – and I’m certainly even more acutely aware of it now – this is such a big job that there’s no way me or anybody else is going to walk in and take control of anything, immediately. It’s going to be a process. And in my case, it’s going to be a very long process because it is a very big job. And learning even the people that are involved, and their respective roles, and the processes that are involved, and — it’s just going to take time. So it’ll be an evolution over time as opposed to, ‘Okay, it’s your show tonight.’ That’s not going to be the case, with me or with Paul, or with anybody else. It’s a process and my process is going to begin — really, it started a little bit [this] week in terms of my integration into the process. But it’ll start becoming even more tangible on Tuesday, which will be the first time I even attend a production meeting. And like I say, over a period of time, it’ll evolve and change beyond that.”