During a recent “Ask Eric Anything” session on AdFreeShows.com, Eric Bischoff answered questions sent in by the listeners of this podcast. Here are three of the more interesting questions that were asked:
“Do you think AEW does too much to cater to the smart indie fans while ignoring the casual fan that’s responsible for them getting over a million viewers?”
Bischoff: “If AEW knowingly, intentionally, by design is writing and producing their shows to appeal to that 10% of the audience that makes 90% of the noise, and it’s working for them, go forth and prosper. Keep doing what you’re doing, if that’s your goal, and it’s working. If you’re growing your audience by doing what you’re doing, continue to grow your audience. I personally feel that the show does cater to the smallest, but loudest percentage of the audience. By loudest, I mean vocal on social media and things like that. It does have a little too much of an indie feel to it. It’s not a criticism, it’s a distinction. There’s nothing wrong with indie wrestling. In fact, there’s a lot of it that I really enjoy because it’s the roots. It’s the foundation…There’s a lot of aspects of indie wrestling that I really enjoy, but I think there does, in my humble opinion, that AEW does need to balance with different types of storytelling and characters that have a bigger feel because right now, other than a small handful of people, they kind of all feel the same. Some are way better than others, don’t get me wrong. Some are spectacular. Kenny Omega, example. Young Bucks, example. But, for the most part, they all kind of feel the same, like they’re all cousins. They are so closely related that you can tell they’re all one big family. I think for wrestling to continue to grow, and to grow the audience beyond what it currently is, you need to find those characters that appeal to a different mentality or affinity for the project. I’m not saying they all need to be like WWE characters, but there needs to be a good balance.”
Did WWE try and give you a speechwriter at the Hall of Fame?
Bischoff: “They didn’t try to, they did. I was happy that they did, but it wasn’t necessary. It was more of a courtesy, by the way. It was if you’re having trouble, reach out and we’ll try and polish it up or nurture you along. I don’t want to sound like I’m too full of myself, but I didn’t really need that help. I wasn’t offended. I was grateful. Offer somebody up to help me out if I need help, how can you be angry about that or insulted by that?”
“When you were number 1 for those 83 weeks, did you ever consider reaching out to Vince to work together instead of against each other?”
Bischoff: “Absolutely not. I was right by the way. The fight, the battle, the war, whatever you want to call it is what raised the tide and everybody’s boat got to float a little higher. Without a real war, without real competition, then it’s all an illusion. The reason Nitro worked, the reason the Monday Night Wars were what they were, was because it was real. Once you start doing something cooperatively, the war is gone. There is no war. It’s just an invasion angle or a storyline. There’s nothing wrong with that, by the way. It’s just not the same as a real war and a real battle that people actually believed in and invested in. I didn’t. I wouldn’t have supported it. I will tell you however, Harvey Schiller did. Harvey Schiller had a meeting with Vince McMahon. I don’t know if it was in person or over the phone. I can’t remember that. Harvey Schiller approached Vince and I think Bill Shaw did too at one point. But, I was against it, but I didn’t get to vote. They didn’t ask me my permission for some reason, maybe because I worked for them (he laughs).”