Eric Bischoff talks about appearing on the final Monday Night Raw of 2021.
Eric Bischoff has had a unique relationship with professional wrestling since leaving it on a full-time basis after his run as SmackDown executive producer came to an end. His podcast, 83 Weeks, allows him to relive his glory days while also making new connections in the world of wrestling, and in the past couple of years, he has appeared for both WWE and All Elite Wrestling.
On the final Monday Night Raw of 2021, Eric Bischoff hosted the vow renewal ceremony of The Miz & Maryse, and as all wrestling weddings due, it got messy.
Eric, Miz, and Maryse, all got doused in a broodbath courtesy of Edge but Eric Bischoff had a lot of fun during the appearance as he explains on the new episode of 83 weeks.
“I get a call from Bruce Prichard and Bruce and I don't talk much because I know how busy he
is. I tell Bruce, this, ‘Man, don't be offended,’ because I don't number one, I don't spend a lot of time talking to people on the phone anyway, I just don't like talking on the phone. I said, ‘Bruce, you know, I'm just not gonna call you a lot. Don't think that’s because I don't love you. I do. But I just don't call people a lot in general. I especially don't call someone like you, who I know, is working the kind of hours that you work and under the kind of stress you're under. Because I remember when I was there last, for four months. You know, when that phone rings, it's like, ‘Oh, fuck now what? Oh, god. Is it Vince?’ You know, you got to sleep with the phone by the bed because Vince might call you at three o'clock in the morning with an obscure question, and you have to have the answer to it and that's kind of stressful. So I said, Bruce, I'll just leave you alone. If you ever you're in the mood to talk, you give me a shout.’.
“So anyway, he called me and I saw it's Bruce Prichard. It's a couple of days before Christmas. I'm thinking now he just is calling to wish me Merry Christmas. So I knew as soon as he said ‘So,’ I can tell by the tone of it. I knew something was coming. ‘Do you think you can make TV on Monday? This is Thursday night, Thursday afternoon. I said, well, first of all, where is it? Because I'm in Florida. If it was like a West Coast trip, I couldn't have made it. 'In Detroit, your hometown.' Okay. I can make that. It's in well, what what is it goes? Well, you know how Bruce talks? Right? Yeah, 'Well, why don't you get a really light-colored pastel suit and expect it to get trashed? There's gonna be a wedding.' That's all he told me.”
When he got to the arena, Eric stayed to himself but was surprised to learn that neither Bruce nor events nor Kevin Dunn were at the arena that day.
“I'm not the guy that wants to go around. Say hi to everybody and make sure everybody knows I'm there. I went right from the car, the drop me off at the venue, right into my dressing room and I stayed there and I figured, okay, well, when Bruce's done or Vince is done, doing what they have to do, they'll come and get me or send somebody to come over and see them or whatever. It's about four o'clock in the afternoon. 4:30 I'm going out. I haven't heard from Bruce yet. Finally, Ryan Ward. One of the writers came in. Ryan's a good dude. Ryan says, ‘Hey, just so you know, Bruce isn't here tonight. He isn't feeling well. Okay, I get that. I said, ‘Where's Vince?’ Well, he is not here either.’ ‘Okay, well, I'm gonna go out to the truck and say hi to Kevin. Kevin.’ ‘Kevin is not here either.’ Okay, let's do this thing.
Reacting to the actual segment itself, Eric Bischoff is nothing but complimentary of The Miz and his wife saying that Miz & Maryse are the top of their game when it comes to microphone work.
“But I had fun. You know, I get to spend some time with you get to hang out with edge a little bit and we had a great conversation and Kevin Owens about I did Kevin we stay in touch through social media. But I had a blast doing it. And I have to say I was thinking about this morning. Actually, I was going through my social media. I saw something is about The Miz on there. You know, I've never really done anything in the ring, even a promo. I don't think I've ever done anything with Miz before. I've never worked with him in any way, shape, or form. I worked with him on this is him and his wife, Maryse and they're really really good at it. This is what I was thinking about this morning. When you get a chance to work with somebody on the mic the way I do, obviously not in a match, but when you are able to get in there with somebody that's as good as Miz is and Maryse, she's really good too.
“It's so much fun, and it's so noticeable. There's such a difference between someone who's absolutely at the top of their game when it comes to dialogue and performing in that kind of type of a scenario versus someone who's just not that familiar with it or hasn't done a lot of it. There's a reason why Miz has been there as long as he has at the level that he is because he is really, really good as a performer and it was fun working with him and his wife.”
The angle between Miz & Maryse is now leading to a mixed tag team match which will see them against Edge and Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble on January 29. Learn more here.
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