Eric Bischoff discussed WWE's weekly programming on the most recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast. Along with co-host Conrad Thompson, Bischoff gives his perspective on the biggest problem that he believes exists in WWE today: being too formulaic.
Bischoff explains that everything from promos to storylines continues to remain the same each week on WWE TV.
That's one of the observations I've had about WWE in general for a long time. As great as they are – and I wanna preface this that this is not a criticism, it's a perspective," said Bischoff. "When a show becomes so formulaic, when the format becomes so standard and you see the same thing, especially for a live show like Raw – you see the same basic open, the same clothes, the same talent, the same style of interviews – nothing ever really changes.
He goes on to call the shows boring because audiences are not getting excited to see development from week to week.
It's boring and you kinda kill that desire that you want to develop in the audience to go, 'Oh man, I can't wait to see what happens next week' because you know what's going to happen next week. It's the same thing, basically, that happened the week before. It's working very well for WWE and it has for a long time. But even now when you watch the show there's a sameness to it," stated Bischoff. "There's a filter that exists within the creative process and in order for ideas, concepts, formats to get through that filter and make it to your TV screen, they end up being so similar in so many ways that it's hard to get excited about it.
Eric Bischoff returned to WWE this past June as the Executive Director of SmackDown just as it moved to the FOX Network. He would later be replaced by long-time WWE producer Bruce Pritchard. You can listen to his full episode of 83 Weeks here.
(Special thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription)