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Peter Rosenberg opens up about why he is no longer on WWE Kickoff shows.

Host of the ESPN 'Cheap Heat' podcast, Peter Rosenberg has been affiliated with WWE for the past two years. Rosenberg has been on a number of pay-per-view kickoff shows, done RAW Talk and hosted 'Bring It To The Table' on the WWE Network with Corey Graves and John Bradshaw Layfield.

The WrestleMania 35 festivities emanated from Peter's residence in New York City and he had been promoting the event for months but was told by WWE that they were no longer interested in using him for the services he provided before. He spoke more about that during the most recent edition of his 'Cheap Heat' podcast and questioned how the company could not find a spot for him on the Watch Along show.

“Those challenges led to me to deciding to take some time off from traveling with WWE. When I came back to WWE and I was ready to work WrestleMania, those who make the decisions on those things, Michael Cole, were no longer interested in using me for that. So WrestleMania came to New York City where I’ve been promoting it for four/five months prior. Even when I was no longer traveling and they said, ‘We don’t have a place for you on WrestleMania.’ They couldn’t even squeeze me on that [make shift] Watch Along show with eighty people talking at the same time. Still didn’t have room for me there. Couldn’t put me anywhere. Ok.” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg added that he loved everything he did in WWE and thought Bring It To The Table could've been huge. He specifically mentioned that Michael Cole was the one who passed on the information about WWE no longer being interested. He then began to further comment on the Watch Along show and made sure to clarify that he was not taking a shot at Pat McAfee or anyone else but thinks it's hard to make a show like that good with everyone talking over each other.

“As much as it sounds like I’m mad at Cole, [I'm] not even mad at Cole. Cole and I were never super tight. He’s got the way he sees things. If I don’t fit into that, I don’t care. There’s a lot of things that I don’t… as you can hear, I think the Watch Along show is literally the worst… an embarrassment to the Network." Rosenberg expressed. "So, we all have different views of how we do things, and by the way, that’s not a veiled shot at Pat McAfee. I don’t think anyone can do that show and make it good. You can’t have ten people talking at the same time. It’s not good. It can be done well if it’s small and put together well. Those ones we did on ESPN were pretty good but even those were rough, and that was ESPN producing them with much smaller groups of all broadcasters. So that’s not a veiled shot at McAfee and that’s not a shot at Michael Cole. Cole has the right to make the choices he wants to make.” He said.

The latest WWE Watch Along show occurred during the Money In The Bank pay-per-view and to get a recap of that show, check out Fightful's Money In The Bank coverage article.

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit the ESPN Cheap Heat podcast with an H/T to Fightful for the transcriptions.

https://www.fightful.com/wrestling/...-was-no-longer-interested-using-him-pre-shows
Hopefully they can dismiss Sam Roberts next.
 

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Cut Sam Roberts next, he's insufferable.
 

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That and post show press conferencesYes Hot 97To a degree but preshow panels and press conferences for wrestling are lame
I think WWE pre-shows are awful. But they treat it more like a concert than a fight.

As for press conferences... even when WWE did those for a short time it was pretty sweet. I want wrestling to treat itself like it is a fighting promotion. We all know it's scripted... it's why we are here: we want the drama that a real fight can give, but at a far better rate than real fights ever could hope to bring.

There is a reason the best boxing has never actually happened in a real ring but in a movie.
 
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I think WWE pre-shows are awful. But they treat it more like a concert than a fight.



As for press conferences... even when WWE did those for a short time it was pretty sweet. I want wrestling to treat itself like it is a fighting promotion. We all know it's scripted... it's why we are here: we want the drama that a real fight can give, but at a far better rate than real fights ever could hope to bring.



There is a reason the best boxing has never actually happened in a real ring but in a movie.
I just can't stand wrestling press conferences. Press conferences in sports in general tend to be boring as hell. So seeing a scripted version is just blah lol. It's like an equally boring variation of contract signings. Like if nobody's going to fight why bother with the press conference. But if folk are going to fight we probably could've found a more exciting way to do that. Though I will be fair and say AEW having legit wrestling outlets at their press conference at least cleaned up my "and who the fuck are these fake journalists" issue lol.
 

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I just can't stand wrestling press conferences. Press conferences in sports in general tend to be boring as hell. So seeing a scripted version is just blah lol. It's like an equally boring variation of contract signings. Like if nobody's going to fight why bother with the press conference. But if folk are going to fight we probably could've found a more exciting way to do that. Though I will be fair and say AEW having legit wrestling outlets at their press conference at least cleaned up my "and who the fuck are these fake journalists" issue lol.
To be honest, if the WWE had an interviewer like Oakerlund still, there would be no need for post or pre match "press conferences". He did exactly the same thing with his back stage interviews that they did. Sadly, no one has tried to recreate what he did.
 

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Good. Get that translucent fuck out of there. Talk about awful takes.

Now if we can get Rosenberg out of Hip Hop, that would be even better.
 

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No, he's a culture vulture who likes to leech off of any wave necessary (whether hip hop or wrestling) and then play the victim and back off when someone challenges his stupid ass takes.

Fuck him.
 

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But it should be presented as such.
I agree with all your posts on this topic. WWE just sucks right now at creating drama with the pre shows and press conferences.

For example, Hogan vs Sid had that press conference drama where Tunney announced Hogan vs Flair for the title. Sid turned around and blamed Tunney for favoritism and said he wasn't given the title shot because he wasn't "Hollywood" like Hogan.

It made complete sense and it advanced the story from the Rumble where Hogan cheated Sid out of the title too.

The point about Gene Okerlund's style and pre hype of matches is also true. The stuff comes off lame to some people now with preshows and so on because WWE doesn't do it with any thought like what I mentioned above.

WM 12 ironman match lead up and Brock vs Rock at SummerSlam are two prime examples how they could use pre show and sports like hype to generate interest. They need the right stars and the right stories.

For example, they completely botched Kurt Angle's retirement match. You had the retirement storyline of an Olympic hero and didn't capitalize on his history and accolades? Just laziness how they just threw him out there like that at WM.

Rosenberg could have been used better, but I see why they used him minimally. He may come off like a know it all fan on the show and then turn around and nitpick their show's weaknesses in the real media.
 
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