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Eric Bischoff on AEW securing Bash at the Beach trademark, where he would watch SmackDown as executive director


Former WCW president Eric Bischoff shares his thoughts about Jim Cornette’s racist comment scandal on the post-show for 83 WeeksAfter 83 Weeks with Christy Olson.  Eric also reveals why he thinks AEW’s Bash at the Beach revival is “a bad choice,” and responds to Dave Meltzer’s reports he evaded work during his short stint as executive director of WWE’s SmackDown Live. Excerpts are below… 

His reaction to AEW’s upcoming Bash at the Beach episode of Dynamite: I have mixed emotions about it. I kind of understand it, but I also think it’s a bad choice. AEW…needs to find their own vision. They need to become their own brand. They need to become their own entity. They need to find the way that they’re really going to become the alternative. The more often they go back and kind of try to recreate the success of WCW, and align themselves with WCW’s success, I think they’re missing the mark. 

Eric shoots down reports he was difficult for co-workers to track down during his recent run with WWE: [Dave] Meltzer kept writing for weeks, right after I first got there, ‘Nobody knows what Eric Bischoff is doing, nobody can find him, and every time they go looking for him he’s in catering.’ I’m thinking, that’s bullshit. I don’t know where that came from or why he made that up. 

Where he would watch SmackDown Live as executive director: I was in gorilla. On Mondays [for RAW] I didn’t sit in Gorilla. I would watch it in the writers room. There were also monitors around the backstage area where a lot of talent could watch the shows. Oftentimes I would go out and watch it in the arena. 

Eric offers his take on Jim Cornette’s racist comments and resignation from NWA: Jim is a guy that is reluctant to adapt, and it’s really unfortunate because he’s a talented guy, he’s an entertaining guy, and he’s a very knowledgeable guy. But if you’re not willing to grow and evolve and to understand the implications of some of the things that you do and say and how it affects other people adversely, then you’re going to get put out to pasture. I hope that doesn’t happen with Jim. But apparently that’s kind of what it appears to be. I don’t know where he goes from here…Who’s going to hire him? At this point, probably nobody. 

For more of Eric’s Q&A, watch the latest After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson here: or listen on Apple Podcasts:

About the show:After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson is the first ever podcast about a podcast! Former WWE announcer Christy, 83 Weeks channel producer Steve Kaufmann, and pro wrestler George Hermoza offer insight on the latest episode of 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, covering revelations, fan reactions and more. An AfterBuzz TV Wrestling and Sports production, the show airs live on Eric Bischoff’s 83 Weeks YouTube channel and features a weekly Q&A with Eric himself.


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