During the latest episode of his own 83 Weeks podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff shared his thoughts on the Wednesday Night Wars coming to a close.
Bischoff started off by discussing NXT’s move to Tuesday’s, and what the move has done for AEW. Eric told listeners:
“It’s great that WWE decided to move over to Tuesday nights. They thought that was a better spot for them for whatever reason, but they made the move, and it worked out for them. Obviously, it worked out for AEW. They delivered the second-highest rating in the history of their show. Now they’re up to 1.2 million, which is fantastic by today’s standards. Five years ago, it would’ve been a death sentence. By today’s standards, that’s damn good and good for them. It’s growth; they’re moving the needle. They’re moving their audience; that’s a great thing”
Bischoff continued to discuss each show, and shared which “challenge” he believes each show may soon face. Eric explained:
"The challenge is going to be maintaining that throughout the summer," Bischoff continued. "People are busy playing softball, hanging with their buddies, taking their kid to little league, doing whatever they’re doing which is not sitting in the house watching television because that’s what they’ve been doing all winter”
Eric began to talk about advertising, and spoke about how things are different now, as compared to the days of the Monday Night War’s. Bischoff shared his thoughts on the matter, and said:
“[Advertising for wrestling is] much different today," Bischoff concluded. "Largely I credit WWE for that. I don’t think anybody has done a better job making professional wrestling programming as popular with advertisers as WWE. It’s not even close. Nobody has. It’s been a long-term effort, 30-year effort, and it’s paying off big dividend”
(H/T and transcribed by SKWrestling)