Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the world of professional wrestling as he has been a part of several companies. He has worked with many great pro wrestlers during that time.
Bischoff worked in TNA between 2010 and 2012. During his time there, he worked with the likes of AJ Styles and WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray.
While speaking on the 83 Weeks Podcast, Bischoff talked about his TNA run. He gave emphasis on Bully Ray, who was a top star in the company during Bischoff’s time there. Bischoff mentioned that he’s surprised as to why why no professional wrestling company has signed Bully Ray for any role.
“Bully is incredibly smart, incredibly experienced, and he knows how to carry himself,” Bischoff said. “There’s a culture in WWE. I found out the hard way. If you’re going to fit into that culture, you have to shed your skin and bring the skin that’s provided to you by the head of culture in WWE. You just have to. Some people can do that, Adam Pearce is doing a fantastic job. Certain people do, certain people don’t.
“Bully knows what it’s like to be in WWE, especially in that role as a producer and on the creative team. I’m guessing that he just doesn’t want it. I’m not sure if anyone has ever offered it to him, and maybe if they did, he’d make a fool of me. Bully’s a man’s man. He’s very much an individual. He’ll compromise to a point and then he won’t. I’m guessing that’s probably why.”
Bischoff added that All Elite Wrestling most definitely needs someone like Bully Ray, who could be the type of experienced veteran that Chris Jericho is. He said that Ray’s inclusion would greatly benefit AEW and the roster as a whole in several ways.
“As far as AEW goes, I don’t know,” Bischoff said. “There’s not a lot of really experienced, talented people who understand the art of creating emotion, and that’s what Bully was best at. I don’t know why Bully’s not there in AEW because he’s valuable.”
“There’s some really talented people there, and obviously, Chris Jericho is maybe one of the most creative people right now. But wouldn’t you like to have 2, or 3, or 4 people that have Chris Jericho’s kind of experience and feel, but maybe come at it from a couple different perspectives so you have options? I would think somebody like AEW would really benefit from Bully’s experience.”
With the current professional wrestling world changing, perhaps we might get to see Bully Ray in AEW eventually.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.