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Eric Bischoff Comments On Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar At SummerSlam

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Eric Bischoff recently had Hulk Hogan for a three-part interview series on his podcast, Bischoff on Wrestling. You can check out some highlights from the episode below (transcript via Wrestlezone.com).

Bischoff on if he would’ve allowed the finish from Summerslam for Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar in WCW: “I might have. It’s hard to say. I never like to answer a hypothetical like that. You have to know all of the situation and be aware of all of the variables. I clearly don’t. I don’t know if I would have done it or not. I kind of liked it in a couple of different respects. It was unpredictable. Anyone who listens to me on this podcast or has read my book or watched my DVD knows that I am a big fan of doing what’s not predictable. What feels spontaneous? By virtue of the fact it’s surprising it will get people’s attention. I liked the uniqueness of the finish. What I didn’t really think made any sense is to send people home with a bad taste in their mouth. A finish like that, inevitably, is going to leave people confused. I don’t necessarily mean in a bad way but they aren’t going to know how to feel because it’s so different. It will take awhile for that to set in and to resonate with some people. It’s not a predictable finish so people that wanted to cheer Randy Orton didn’t get a chance to really. The people that really dig Brock Lesnar may not have liked the way that finish played out. Maybe some of them did. The end result was it left people kind of stunned. When you leave people stunned or surprised, like that, at the end of a PPV they tend to go home unhappy.”

Bischoff on if he would’ve ended Summerslam differently: “If it would have been me and I had perfect 20/20 hindsight and I was sitting in my armchair, quarterback chair… which is pure luxury… I think if they would have put AJ Styles vs John Cena last people would have appreciated the Lesnar vs Orton finish more. If that makes sense.”

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