Eric Bischoff knows a thing or two about running a wrestling company. The WWE Hall of Famer was the former WCW President that had to make a lot of important decisions. Recently on his podcast, Bischoff explained why Brock Lesnar’s WWE return may not be a positive thing if Lesnar doesn’t evolve as a character.
Lesnar returned to WWE in a shocking moment to end SummerSlam two weeks ago. After Roman Reigns defeated John Cena to retain the Universal Title in the SummerSlam main event, Lesnar appeared out of nowhere to a huge ovation and had a staredown with Reigns. There was no physical confrontation between Lesnar and Reigns, but Reigns backed away and there was a tease for a future matchup between the former rivals. Lesnar’s last WWE appearance prior to that was at WrestleMania 36 in April 2020. That was when Lesnar lost the WWE Champion to Drew McIntyre at the WWE Performance Center in front of no fans.
Bischoff spoke about Lesnar’s return on his 83 Weeks podcast [available ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] with Bischoff saying that if Lesnar returns to WWE to destroy everybody in his path, then Bischoff won’t be that interested in it:
“I have nothing but respect for Brock, admiration for Brock. He is one of a kind. There are not enough superlatives, we don’t have enough time to cover all the little superlatives that I can throw Brock’s way. But if Brock’s approach to the business doesn’t change, in other words, if he’s that unbeatable mountain, just destruction machine and there’s nobody that’s really competition for him, I’ve been there and done that and seen enough of it.”
“Now if he’s coming back and there’s more depth to his character and more range to his stories and he gives a little? Because Brock was a taker, Brock just ate everybody up. Brock Lesnar vs. Kofi Kingston in seven seconds? I’m sorry, that’s not interesting. That’s just moving the chess pieces around the way you think the chess pieces need to be moved around. That kind of thing doesn’t interest me at all.”
Bischoff expanded on his opinions with some ideas for what Lesnar could do to freshen things up:
“Give me great competition, give me Brock selling, give me Brock beginning to doubt Brock and having some internal struggles as a character? Put Brock Lesnar in a situation where there’s some doubt as to the outcome and the end of a story? I’m all in because Brock is clearly capable of doing anything he chooses to do as a performer. If Brock’s approach – because Brock’s approach will be WWE’s approach. He has that much stroke. If the approach to storytelling with Brock and his character is essentially the same as it was before he left, I don’t think it’s a positive thing [for WWE]. I really don’t.”
Lesnar is expected to be back on WWE TV soon with reports earlier this summer noting he should be a part of WWE once again in the near future.