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Eric Bischoff: WWE promos are not believable, Sabu didn’t make it big because he ‘self-sabotaged’

This week on “83 Weeks,” Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson cover TNA Turning Point 2010.

That show featured Jeff Hardy defending the TNA Championship against Matt Morgan, Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe, Rob Van Dam vs. Tommy Dreamer, Jay Lethal vs. Robbie E, and much more. They also talk about the big wrestling stories that were happening from around that time.

Here are some highlights from the podcast:

Bischoff put over the promos on this show and compared them to today: “Go back and watch this and then watch some of the promos we see today. Most of them today are filler, probably more so in WWE than anywhere else because WWE has more time to fill. It just doesn’t matter. You can use them or not use them and it doesn’t change much. Here, these promos set the tone. This is better than wrestlers giving interviews that come out of most of their mouths from the minds of the writers who have never been near the product before.”

He went on to say a few minutes later: “There is nothing believable about some talent standing backstage in a completely sterile environment standing next to someone who is asking the questions, setting the talent up for a response, that for the most part, doesn’t drive a story anyway. Then the talent walks off. I feel sorry for the interviewers that have to do this because then they stand there holding the mic with a stupid look on their face, trying to figure out a way to react to something that there should be no reacting to anyway. It’s just horrible.”

Bischoff was asked what he thinks Sabu’s legacy will be and if he thinks he will ever get the credit he deserves?:  “No. Not taking anything away from it, but I was never the super indie guy because it just wasn’t my interest. Sabu made a huge name for himself in ECW. He was a big fish in a small pond. Despite the legacy and the narrative and the posthumous perspective of wrestling fans of ECW, it really never was mainstream and neither was Sabu as a result. When Sabu did get an opportunity to get himself into the mainstream and on to a major network platform, he self-sabotaged. That’s what people are going to remember. I’m sure when Sabu does an autograph signing in Queens, New York in a comic book store, there will always be people who will show up and remember that. But, on a larger scale, not so much. That was the choice he made. I respect him for wanting to do things his own way and not wanting to do things in a corporate style. I get that, I really do. I respect that but you pay for that. It comes with a cost and I figure it cost him a much greater legacy.”

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