Eric Bischoff Critical Of Reigns’ “Gray Area” Character
In a recent edition of his Bischoff On Wrestling podcast, Eric Bischoff made it clear that he’s not a fan of the “gray area” WWE has Roman Reigns occupying and says that the company needs to pick a direction for Roman and stick with it.
It’s hard to say because of the way he’s being booked and the way they are writing for him. Those are different things. I would agree that he is clearly not a heel or a babyface and I think that is a flaw, quite honestly. I think it’s a mistake. I think that this kind of on again, off again success that they have been having with Roman Reigns over the past couple of years is testimony to that. It’s just not really working to the potential that Roman Reigns has or I believe he has. I believe he could and should be the top, if not one of the top, stars in WWE. He has all of the tools and ingredients. What he may be lacking in certain regards like promo skills or finding that last ten percent of his character. Really connect with the audience and more importantly be able to manipulate the audience, that’s the final ten percent. That’s not his fault if they are writing him to be neither fish nor fowl because they don’t understand how to do it. So the creative team finds comfort in keeping him in that “gray zone” which really is a safe zone because you aren’t really making a commitment because you don’t want to fail.
As much as I dislike Bischoff for a myriad of reasons, he’s right on this. Roman will never really have a chance to truly succeed as a top heel or the next face of the company as long as WWE can’t figure out what he is supposed to be in the eyes of the fans.
Marty Scurll Talks Japan, The Villain, & What’s Next
On a recent episode of Sean Waltman’s podcast, The Villain Marty Scurll talked about getting over in front of the Japanese crowds in NJPW. If you missed him during the BOSJ, the fans took to him immediately.
“What I found really funny is that people assume that Japanese wrestling is nonsense, strong style but the crowd actually is more so into the gaga. They just have to come out to the ring with the big stuff. They love that stuff. And I am like ‘God, I am actually doing less stuff here in Japan than I would do in the states.’”
He also talked about how the Plague Doctor look came about.
“I used to organize kind of a big entrance… you know like at Wrestlemania, the guys would have different gimmicks for entrances. There was an album cover I saw one day with this plague doctor, and I thought it was cool. So I dressed up as a plague doctor. It was completely out of nowhere, it was a lot of stuff I risked. It was the doctors [who] were used back then as the black plague, they would wear these masks and a nose to cover up the smell. Dressing up as the plague doctor was only supposed to be a one-time thing.”
As for what’s next for him…
“I think in recent years to be successful in wrestling, and make tons of money. These days it’s a big part of me is to captivate and exhilarate an audience… just trying to make wrestling fun again.”