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Eric Bischoff Discusses Why He Loved Dusty Rhodes As A Booker, How Dusty’s Booking Style Was Different

September 17, 2020 | Posted by Blake Lovell
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In a new edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff discussed Dusty Rhodes as a booker, why Dusty’s booking style worked for him, and much more. You can read his comments below.

Eric Bischoff on Dusty Rhodes as a booker: “Dusty loved trying things that were different. What people don’t really understand – and I didn’t have conversations with Dusty about this and I’m not suggesting I’m relaying what he said or anything like that – I’m giving you my impression of having worked with the man for a long time closely. He talked about his vision for things and it was part of his conversation you had with Dusty Rhodes when you were in his office and how he saw things playing out in a story or whatever. We sometimes use it to reference Dusty – my vision, baby – but Dusty had vision. Part of what fueled his vision was trying to do different things. Sometimes those things worked – Starrcade. Sometimes those things didn’t work. But I respect Dusty Rhodes more than most people that have ever held that position because Dusty had the fucking balls to try something different. And he didn’t care if he got criticized for it. Not saying it didn’t hurt him – and this is again my opinion – Dusty never said this to me.”

On why he preferred Dusty’s booking style: “When you talk about somebody in a creative position that’s willing to try new things knowing that if you fail you’re gonna get hammered by douchebags like Meltzer, I have more respect for someone like that than someone that hits 8 out of 10. Give me somebody that’s a .500 batter that tries new things over somebody who’s maybe hitting 8 out of 10 but those runs don’t matter to me. They’re not exciting to me, they’re just fucking runs. They don’t change anything. They don’t change the nature of the game. They don’t increase the number of people watching. They don’t explore the different ways of telling stories. You’re just a fucking machine doing what you do and eventually, you get stale. You get very stale. Dusty wasn’t like that. Dusty would try new things. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn’t.”

If using any of the above quotes, please credit 83 Weeks with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.