Chris Jericho appeared on a recent episode of Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast, and the two apparently spent a significant chunk of time complaining about WWE's backstage interview segments. It seems that the pair feel that the backstage interviewers are robotic, and also that they end in a weird way that doesn't help the show flow well. Wrestling Inc transcribed the relevant portions of the conversation.
"One of my big pet peeves is when the announcer backstage, whether it is male or female, talking to the talent, asks the talent a question, talent gives the answer, if there's an interrupt, there's an interrupt, but the talent gives their answer, and it's an awkward feeling, and then, all-of-a-sudden, it's back to Michael [Cole] and the guys at the [announce] desk," Austin complained. "And the camera stays on the interviewer who got this awkward answer. You want there to be some heat there, and all-of-a-sudden, it's an awkward reaction to the person that's a part of the broadcast team."
"I think whether it's a male or a female, they should throw it back to the announce team because I don't think heat, the point, or anything goes anywhere because I'm so focused on that weird look that the interview has on her face!" Auston continued."
But Jericho thought it wasn't just the endings of the segments, but the interviewers themselves who are the problem, even if he ultimately lays blame on WWE's carefully scripted writing style.
"I think the backstage interviewers now, could they be, and I say this respectfully because they're just doing what they're told, could they be more robotic?" Jericho said, "there's a lack of energy sometimes to the show when you don't let people be themselves."
None of this should come as a surprise. When Stone Cold most recently appeared on WWE Raw for its 25th anniversary show, in an online-only segment, he took backstage interviewer Mike Rome to task for sucking at his job.
On the subject of WWE's creative style, Austin thinks that wrestlers and other performers have no choice but to partake in the uninspiring style because there's no real competition in the United States.
"Everybody's walking on eggshells these days just because there's nowhere else to go," Austin professed. "Everyone's just micromanaged to a degree and I'm not indicting the system."
Yeah, Stone Cold, you kinda are.