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Ex-WWE writer talks about working in WWE, his favorite angles & more

Former WWE creative writer and now Lucha Underground Chris DeJoseph appeared on Busted Open Radio to promote Lucha Underground on Wednesday nights. Here are the highlights.

What was your favorite angle that you worked while at WWE? It was probably just because it was the highest rated segment I think was Edge’s Live Sex Celebration. It’s what I always try to claim as a little star. Obviously with Edge I just had so much fun. I think I was on Raw than I switched to Smackdown once Edge and Vickie were on Smackdown and Taker and Jeff Hardy and the Straight-Edge society and all that. That was a real fun time for me. I enjoyed that little run on Smackdown when I felt like Smackdown was better than Raw. I learned so much from Michael Hayes during that process, it really became a fun thing. I loved when we could compete with the Raw brand, they made the teams want to compete against one another. I think it made everyone want to do things differently and try to one-up one another. The talent would say like “I want to stay on the blue team”. I think they liked being on Smackdown, it was a nice friendly rivalry to try and jockey for position on the card, “Whose match is gonna be the Main Event?” Those things really added to the fun and I think it really added to the overall success of the product during that time. I think competition is a good thing.

Was your plan to only have Lucha Underground for an hour? No, it was always the plan to make it an hour. That’s where we’re starting at, I sometimes have to pinch myself and remind myself that we have only aired I think 21 episodes or 22 episodes at this point. So we’re relatively, very young in terms of wrestling and in terms of other wrestling shows out there. We take baby steps, personally I like the one hour format. I wrote for the WWE where you had to write 2 hours of Raw, 2 hours of SmackDown, a Main Event, Velocity, Heat, I think at one point we were writing 8 hours of television a week. I think creatively it’s tough to keep up with that type of schedule especially the way Connecticut changes things on the fly and makes changes to thing so often. Here, we’re generally more focused, we have an hour we can give you just enough and leave you wanting more and I that’s kind of fun, especially today, with television shows and Netflix, and Hulu they have time to sit down and invest some time for a brief amount of time. So I think if you can come in and tell a good story in an hour, I think people can accept that. Three hours is an awful long time to have a fan or audience member invested. It’s a tough task for them and I’m glad I don’t have to do that every week.

 You can listen to Busted Open Radio (hosted by Dave Lagreca, Doug Mortman, and Mike Riker) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Sirius/XM 92 from 2 to 4pm eastern.

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