WWE Hall Of Famer and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) commentator Jim Ross was recently a guest on Busted Open Radio to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Ross talked about Paul Heyman & Eric Bischoff’s new roles with WWE, working for Vince McMahon, and how much leeway McMahon will give both Heyman and Bischoff.
Here are the highlights:
Paul Heyman & Eric Bischoff’s new WWE roles: “We moved into the Attitude Era, one of my jobs was to book live events,” Ross said. “Vince and I would meet every Saturday at his home and go over the booking, I had it pencil in, I stress the world pencil because it has an eraser. The eraser, the most powerful tool in professional wrestling. Eventually, he got confidence in my abilities, he enjoyed my house show bookings.
“About that time, I got some autonomy in that regard. Depending on the people he is surrounded by depends on how much leeway he allows them to have. He has done an amazing job of doing that on the corporate side. He has to find that same level of confidence on the wrestling side.”
Working for Vince McMahon: “I do know Vince well and had 26 great years there,” Ross said. “Anytime you are in a territory for 26 years is a nice run. Me leaving there was not a sad day, Vince is responsible for how nice my bank account looks, and I appreciate that. Jan (his late wife) appreciated that. Whenever I got pissed off at Vince she would say, ‘Take it easy tiger.’ I would breathe and exhale, I would get through my personal stuff and we were all good.”
How much freedom McMahon will give Heyman and Bischoff: “I do not know what Paul and Eric are going to be allowed to do,” Ross said. “Until their roles are clearly established as to what they are going to be allowed to do, then I have no idea how it is going to eventually work out for them. I think it’s a splendid idea if it allowed being fully utilized. Let’s say Paul wants to switch the title off of Rollins on a pay-per-view, is he going to be able to do that without going through channels, discussions, because sometimes the bloom can fall off the rose and timing is everything.
“Sometimes when you wait a month, six weeks or whatever, the buzz is over. I wonder what Vince is going to allow those guys to do. How much he allows them to do is going to dictate how successful this move is going to be. They are both smart, both are good organizers, but they manage differently. Heyman is more of a rah-rah guy, Bischoff is more professional. Paul is a little erratic, I love him, I’m happy to say I gave him his break into the business when I put on TBS to be my partner. If he allows them to make changes, you can start to see a much-improved product.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions