Eric Bischoff: Brock Lesnar Needs To Show A Different Character After WWE Return
Lesnar returned at WWE SummerSlam 2021
Eric Bischoff believes Brock Lesnar needs to show more depth and more range in his storytelling and be willing to sell more upon his return to WWE.
Lesnar made his shocking comeback to WWE at SummerSlam 2021, confronting Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman, and is reportedly set to be a firm member of the babyface roster on Friday Night SmackDown.
The Beast has been an unstoppable monster on WWE television over the past seven years and Bischoff says a continuation of that character is not interesting for him or the audience, and a tweak is needed to create a compelling story.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff said: "I have nothing but respect and admiration for Brock. He is one of a kind, and we don’t have enough time to cover all the superlatives I could throw Brock’s way.
"And this is my opinion, if Brock’s approach to the business doesn’t change – in other words, he’s that unbeatable mountain and destruction machine and there’s nobody that’s really competition for him – I’ve been there and I’ve done that and I’ve seen enough of it. If he’s coming back and there’s more depth in his character and more range in his story and he gives a little – Brock was a taker and ate everybody up.
"Brock Lesnar, Kofi Kingston, 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.
"Give me great competition and give me Brock selling and beginning to doubt Brock and have some internal struggles as a character. Put Brock in a situation to where there’s some doubt as to the outcome and end of the story? I’m all in because Brock is clearly capable of doing anything he chooses to do as a performer.
"But if his approach creatively – Brock’s approach will be WWE’s approach because he has that much stroke – if the approach to storytelling with Brock is the same as it was with his character before he left, I don’t think it’s a positive thing."