Former WCW Executive Vice President and WWE executive / on-air performer Eric Bischoff recently appeared as a guest on the "Everything Is... With Kory and Ant" podcast on the Woodward Sports Network for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During his appearance on the popular podcast, the longtime pro wrestling veteran who has made multiple appearances for All Elite Wrestling in recent months, explained why he doesn't see AEW and WWE ever working together, despite Chris Jericho appearing on "The Broken Skull Sessions" with Steve Austin on WWE Network this weekend, or the fact that AEW has worked with several other promotions such as NWA, IMPACT Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling, among others.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On if he sees AEW and WWE working together: "No, I don’t see it. Oh, and not for the reason that people think. Look, when I was in WWE the last time — as an executive for four months — that was right when WWE had just signed a deal with FOX three months before I got there. And so, WWE had a show on FOX and a show on USA Network. Well, these are two different companies. They’re not gonna do anything to try to help each other. They’re not, you know. It was big issue when I was there. FOX wanted their talent to be exclusive to their network. USA wanted their talent to be exclusive to that network, and they didn’t want a lot of talent crossing over, that’s the way networks are. If a network is going to use their platform to build a star, they don’t want to invest — because they’re investing too. They’re paying money every week for that show to be on their network. They own that real estate, so to speak, and as that talent emerges on their real estate, they don’t want that talent going over and helping another network that they’re not related to."
On how he feels AEW would benefit more than WWE if they traded their biggest stars: "That’s like you putting the biggest star, Roman Reigns, on AEW. That would work out better for them than you putting somebody like Kenny Omega in a WWE. That won’t move the number for them … It’s not beneficial."
On why he doesn't think anyone cares that AEW and IMPACT Wrestling are working together: “I’m sorry, does anybody give a f**k [laughs]? I don’t. And guess what? Just because I don’t, doesn’t mean it doesn’t makes sense, but if you look at the ratings for Impact and you look at the ratings for AEW, I stand by what I said. Nobody gives a f**k. It hasn’t changed anything."
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