Former WWE SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long was recently interviewed by Wrestling Inc. to talk about several professional wrestling topics.
Here are the highlights:
WWE getting away from authority figures:
I think they should get away from it for a while and let it die down. Then bring it back because it’s what the people are wanting to see and what they’ve been waiting on. I think they should go back to that and there were some guys who they were trying to groom for that. Kurt Angle was one of them and [Baron] Corbin they were grooming him for it. So, I think it’s a good thing to bring them back.
WWE needing a strong figure if they’re going to use an authority figure again:
If you get that confidence and get the people on your side – and I’m not blowing my own horn – but that’s what I did. I got the people on my side and I gave the people what they wanted.
How his “tag team match” signature came about during his run as SmackDown GM tenure:
I had no idea. I didn’t start thinking, ‘Hey, this is gonna be a tag team match.’ Vince McMahon talked to me about it and when he wanted you to introduce somebody, he wanted you to give them that hot introduction. Build them up and make it as hot as it could be. So, when I went out to give the tag team matches, I wasn’t even thinking about it. I’d give them that introduction, ‘We’re gonna have ourselves a Tag Team Match!’
That’s what caught on and then when I found out that’s what the people liked, then I gave them what they wanted. I gave them a sample at my Hall of Fame speech and the other thing was what I did with the Undertaker. When you introduce the Undertaker, Vince wanted me to have that introduction. So that’s why it was, ‘One on one with the Un-der-ta-ker!’ People caught on and I’m gonna give you what you want.