Former WWE SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long was recently interviewed by Wrestling Inc. Here are the highlights:
What it takes to be a great pro wrestling manager:
What makes a great manager is that you have to have a great mouthpiece. You got to be able to talk. If you can talk a good game and you’ve got some guys behind you that can back you up, that makes you even greater.
To take you back to that, I managed Butch Reed and Ron Simmons back in the day as Doom. I’ve got two big monsters behind me and I’m a little guy about 90 pounds talking a whole lot of trash but I got the big guys behind me to back it up. So a manager needs to be a good talker, plus he needs to be a good strategist because sometimes he has to involve himself.
SmackDown Live moving to FOX:
It’s huge; it’s a great move for SmackDown. It’s certainly gonna expand the SmackDown brand and it’s gonna do a lot for the WWE. I’m real excited about it and I can’t wait and I know the WWE Universe can’t wait to tune into the FOX Network for SmackDown Live playa.
AEW competing with WWE:
It’s always good to have competition. The WWE is always gonna be my home, but I wish much love and success to AEW, ROH, all these guys out there. Everybody is trying to make money and I wanna see them make money. Competition is always good and they can do whatever they want but they are not gonna beat the WWE. You can believe that playa.