Posts Tagged ‘Eric Bischoff’

MJF has created a buzz in All Elite Wrestling since the first time he spoke about his free agency in 2024, and that escalated to new levels this past Wednesday on “Dynamite” when he cut an unhinged promo on AEW President Tony Khan.

The promo involved MJF talking about the backlash he’s received after AEW “Double or Nothing”, mentioning how Khan has paid too many ex-WWE guys without forking out the money to pay him, the person that holds the 2nd highest minute-to-minute ratings of all AEW talent. MJF’s segment will go down in history as one of the greatest promos of all time, leading to several reactions across the wrestling universe.

“In my opinion, MJF is without peer,” Eric Bischoff said during the latest episode of “Strictly Business.” “He is so good. There are a handful, one or two people in WWE who are capable of catching up to that, but there aren’t many. He’s in a universe all his own, in my opinion.”

The AEW Superstar has since been removed from the intros to all AEW shows and now has involved Warner Brothers Discovery, as the media company had announced an edict to remove MJF from all promotional work moving forward. Whether this is all a big work, shoot, or a combination of the two, it’s unclear at this time where the situation will ultimately end up.

“Where is this one going to go? I have no idea if it’s real, if it’s not, if it’s scripted. I have an opinion and it was probably something that started out as very, very real and then they woke up one day and then both of them were painted into a corner and it was like, how the hell do we get out of this? That’s just an opinion. I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, don’t care actually because the journey and potential for this journey is off the frickin’ charts. In my opinion, it would be the first time that situation has existed in AEW.”

MJF is currently under contract until January 1, 2024, so if the star wants to head to WWE, which he’s teased in the past, it’ll have to wait another year and a half.

The war of words between Tony Khan and Eric Bischoff may never stop.

AEW boss Khan responded to Bisch’s comments about CM Punk being “the biggest financial flop in the history of wrestling” during the post-Double Or Nothing 2022 media scrum. Rather predictably, Tony had a fiery response of his own.

Khan called Eric’s words “the most bullshit opinion I’ve ever heard”. He then quickly followed that up by adding, “That’s fucking bullshit”.

Explaining, Tony said that Bischoff’s assessment was wrong because “no one wrestler has ever come in and made a bigger plus delta financial difference in the history of [his] company” than Punk. The AEW chief then pointed to big ratings for Punk’s debut on Rampage and the metrics for every pay-per-view he has appeared on to date.

According to Khan, Punk has broken All Elite pay-per-view number records consecutively since his first showing at All Out last September.

Bischoff has been critical of Punk since the ex-WWE man debuted in AEW – Eric has questioned just how valuable Punk is to All Elite’s bottom line. Tony Khan says he’s very valuable, and didn’t hold back when replying to Bisch’s comments.

CM Punk hit Twitter for an incendiary burial of former WCW executive Eric Bischoff and wrestling pundits of his ilk on Tuesday, calling for online wrestling fans to stop amplifying their content.

Tweeting in response to user @BackupHangman, who had quote-tweeted a clip from Bischoff’s 83 Weeks podcast (in which Eric claimed AEW needed to improve itself storytelling to grow its audience), Punk called for the “old head bad faith bad take carny dipshits” to “die in the dark with their ego podcasts”:

Bischoff, whose 83 Weeks, Strictly Business, and Eric Fires Back podcasts are hosted on Conrad Thompson’s, made several tweets in response, with this the most notable:

Punk decided against engaging with the 66-year-old further.

The last of Bischoff’s semi-regular AEW appearances came in May 2021, when he hosted a segment featuring The Inner Circle. Since then, the former WCW chief has become one of the promotion’s most notable mainstream critics, conceding, at one stage, that it is unlikely he will ever be invited back by AEW president Tony Khan.

A cottage industry of pundits whose content revolves primarily about bashing AEW, often in the face of logic and data, has sprung up since the promotion’s 2019 inception. Punk’s initial tweet echoes a view shared by many: that quote-tweeting, dunking, and replying only gives oxygen to what are perceived to be bad-faith criticisms. Regular 83 Weeks listeners will obviously disagree.

Roman Reigns is five days away from reaching the milestone of 600 days as WWE Universal Champion, and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff is here for it.

On Sunday, Bischoff praised Reigns for his commitment to staying atop the food chain in WWE.

Ya know what’s so cool about this? The journey. In-ring and out. The commitment, from Roman personally, to @WWE. The real-life journey makes the public one so special.

Bischoff also disputed the notion that WWE hasn’t built anyone up to dethrone Reigns.

The WWE on BT Sport Twitter handle recently asked fans to pick the Superstar they wish to see end The Tribal Chief’s historic reign. The poll listed Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Gunther, NXT Champion Bron Breakker, Bobby Lashley, RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sheamus as nine potential Superstars to dethrone Reigns from the mountain top.

Speaking of McIntyre, the Scottish Warrior is pushing for a match against Reigns at WWE’s stadium show in the United Kingdom this September.

“I’ve been away from the title for a long time,” McIntyre told BT Sport last week. “Roman’s been so dominant and is doing the best work of his career. We’re on a collision course. It [the U.K. event] is five months away. If somehow we could avoid each other for five months, that would be such a big match. Especially on the U.K. soil, I can’t imagine the atmosphere for that match.”

Fans on social media have been split between Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre as the two frontrunners to dethrone Roman Reigns, who is rumored to wrestle The Rock at next year’s WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles.

In a recent edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff discussed his appreciation for FTR, how FTR has set themselves apart from other wrestlers, and much more. You can read Eric Bischoff’s comments below.

Eric Bischoff on his appreciation for FTR and how FTR has set themselves apart from other wrestlers: “I watched Dynamite because of FTR. These guys are just so committed. That’s the one thing I’ve noticed. Social media, I take it with a grain of salt as most people should. But certain people are consistent with the way they present themselves to the public. They’re authentic and real. I’ve talked about Becky Lynch and why I became a fan of Becky Lynch, which is essentially because she did such a great job – I’m talking early 2019 – with her social media. She stood out amongst the rest. She used social media differently than so many other people. That’s what caught my attention. FTR is doing the same thing in their way. They’re not portraying a character. That’s who these two guys are. How do you not become a fan of them? And then on top of it, to overdeliver, not only from their execution and athletic presentation and some of the dynamic things they do, but they’re true to their style which means they’re true to their character. They’re staying true to their entire backstory. I just dig that. I’ve always been fans of theirs.

“Obviously, being around AEW a little bit and being backstage, I got to talk to them a little bit and more importantly, watch them. Watch them interact backstage and watch them with their promos. I was just a fly on the wall and went ‘wow, these two are different.’ I’m not taking away from anybody else, but these two are kind of the real deal. They’re not trying to be a wrestler and not trying to be a character. They’re just themselves and they love to wrestle. They’re staying true to themselves and their brand and as people. These are grounded guys. When you are able to live your real life and your work is an extension of who you are as opposed to being a mirage of who you are, that’s the kind of character I really gravitate towards, and we’re seeing that with FTR.”

On the importance of talent convincing the audience to believe in their actions: “As a talent, if you’re not feeling it and it’s not real to you, it’s not real to the audience. The audience is smart enough to see the difference. Professional wrestlers are not trained actors and actresses. For the most part, you’re learning as you’re growing. Some people just have it, and part of that is staying true to who you are and not trying to portray something you’re not. That’s an art, and you have to be really good at that to convince the audience to believe it. That’s acting. But when you’re able to be yourself and what you do in the ring is an extension of what you truly believe, you go off on a different ride. And again, that’s FTR and there are others like that. But I think FTR, right now in this moment with the heightened awareness and everybody competing for attention, these guys broke way the fuck out of the pack.”

Eric Bischoff claimed on his ‘83 Weeks‘ podcast that he didn’t fire Steve Austin from WCW because the then mid-carder was injured. Instead, Bisch made his mind up to let Austin go after hearing details of a phone conversation from Tony Schiavone.

Austin was on the shelf recuperating from an injury, but Bisch says he wanted to keep him involved on TV and booked a short promo segment last-minute for the promotion’s prime time Saturday Night show. When Eric asked Schiavone to give Austin a call (he lived close by in Atlanta), he heard that the wrestler had loudly shouted, ‘Tell them sons of bitches I’m not here’ to his then-partner Lady Blossom.

She then informed Tony that Steve wasn’t home.

“Dishonesty” is the word Bischoff used on his podcast. He was irked that Austin wouldn’t play ball, and that promptly pushed him to put a line through Steve’s name. Eric didn’t feel like he could trust Austin after that.

Eric did admit that his thinking was a little “irrational” afterwards. Austin, who likely didn’t care less at that point if WCW heard him shout or not, had lied to him.

Sting spoke with the post-AEW Revolution media scrum about being able to work with Darby Allin in AEW.

The legend admitted that the younger wrestler is able to mentor him in some ways and reflected on how much nostalgia is in the dressing room for him.

“I am so glad that I am teamed up with Darby. I want to be able to mentor these guys in any way that I possibly can. It’s amazing to say something like that,” he said. “Because sometimes I feel like Darby is the one mentoring me. But, it’s just to give back not just to wrestling fans, but to the wrestlers, to the dressing room in there. They all have so much respect.

“Wrestling fans don’t seem to want to say goodbye, the nostalgia is huge, and it’s the same way in the dressing room. It’s amazing how many of the guys have come up with a telephone with a picture with me when they were kids or something like that. Or when they were dressed like me for Halloween.”

Sting also addressed comparisons between AEW and WCW, discussing Eric Bischoff and Tony Khan. He admitted that the AEW President is a people person, and someone talent wants to perform well for.

“I think it starts from the top and works its way down,” Sting claimed. “We had a period of time with WCW where Eric Bischoff came on board and Hogan, Hall, Nash, the nWo, Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers, Big Poppa Pump. But everybody was pointing in the same direction, and marching to the same beat for about a year. Maybe 18 months if we are lucky. And that was the best time ever in wrestling for me.

“But with AEW — and it started with Eric and worked its way down — with AEW, it’s Tony Khan telling you he’s a people person. I watch him talk with the grips, moving cable around, and he really cares about his talent and treats everybody with respect. He’s a giver, you know? So, he’s like a player-coach almost, you want to perform for the guy.”

Following recent comments from Ric Flair about how Hulk Hogan is dealing with some major health issues right now, Hogan’s long-time friend Eric Bischoff has moved to provide his own update on the Hulkster.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast (as per Wrestling Inc.), Bischoff explained how Hogan is still training despite the clear wear and tear on his body over the years.

As Bisch explained:

“I was just with Hulk a week-and-a-half or two weeks ago, and he is training. Although the training is a little bit different than it used to be, he’s doing physical therapy for four or five days a week, a couple hours a day. [He] gets home and spends another house or two in the gym and is eating as healthy as he can eat, and I’m sure he’s praying his heart out to try to get a lot of the mobility back that 17 back surgeries and a couple hip replacements will take away from you.”

These comments from Bischoff come in the wake of the Nature Boy saying how Hogan had 25 surgeries across the past ten years. Similarly, Hulk’s daughter Brooke made the same sort of remarks during a recent podcast appearance, with her adding how her father’s latest surgery felt like the “winning ticket” in how successful it has been.

The last time WWE audiences got to see Hulk Hogan was at WrestleMania 37, where he hosted the two-day Showcase of the Immortals alongside Titus O’Neil to an extremely mixed reception from those in attendance at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

Eric Bischoff just torched Shawn Michaels’ legendary ‘Sweet Chin Music’ finisher during an appearance on the ‘NotSam Wrestling Podcast‘.

Bischoff told Sam Roberts that Shawn’s superkick “couldn’t crack a fucking egg”, and described the strike as “horse shit”. No, Eric isn’t one to mince his words these days – the Bisch says exactly what’s on his mind, which is probably why his own ‘83 Weeks‘ pod has become so popular.

That’s not the only reason, of course. Bischoff and cohost Conrad Thompson do have some spirited debates about old WCW shows, TNA, the current products in both WWE and AEW, and (naturally) Eric’s distaste for all things Dave Meltzer.

Some wrestling fans won’t take kindly to his comments about HBK’s kick though.

Eric, who has a legit fighting background in karate, has never liked the way Shawn leans away from opponents when delivering the final blow. He said the superkick “deserved to be criticised”. Bischoff has nothing against Michaels at all, but he hates ‘Sweet Chin Music’.

“When all of your bodyweight is leaning away from your intended target…that ain’t a kick”, he added. Twitter will have their say on this too, no doubt.

Big E shocked the wrestling world when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Monday Night RAW a few weeks ago, defeating Bobby Lashley to become the new WWE Champion.

The entire wrestling world joined in praise for The New Day member after the biggest singles win of his career, including some AEW wrestlers. Joining in on the praise for Big E was Eric Bischoff on the latest episode of the 83 Weeks Podcast. The former President of WCW shared his thoughts on Big E and his level of charisma, while also giving him credit for sticking through the journey of the WWE grind to the top.

“There are those special people, of which I think Big E is one, that when they walk in the room, the energy is so positive that you forget how big he is,” Bischoff said. “Big E is one of those cats that when he walks into the room, the energy is so positive that you want to be around him. You just do. He’s just got it, and I’m happy for him. When you see somebody who has come up, you can only imagine. We all have a pretty good idea how tough it is to make it to the top in WWE, but what we don’t know is the frustration and self doubt.

“The anxiety all along the way. We only see what we see on television and we only know about the character or person who plays a character based on what we read in their social media. We don’t drive around with them and hear them as their coming up, and being frustrated, and convincing themselves, or having others convince them. We’ve all heard support from parents, teachers, coaches and friends, but it’s tough. Life on the road is incredibly tough. So to see a guy with all of that charisma and all the physical talent – but to see a guy that’s come up from the bottom and worked his way through that process, which we all know and hear about from people that go through it how frustrating and grueling it is.”

Bischoff continued to praise Big E for surviving the journey to the top of WWE, and to make it to this point in his career. He also considered how E will be viewed as a role model to many for his ability to endure the grind this long. He also shared a story about his time working with WWE in 2019, and how he would see talent like Big E waiting outside Vince McMahons office for hours to speak to him.

“When I was in WWE, one of the things that amazed me during my last run as an executive was the people that would lineup outside of Vince’s office on TV day,” Bischoff said. “It wasn’t just that the line was long, but they would be there for hours waiting for that opportunity to get in and get five minutes with Vince. Often they didn’t get a chance to, and you’d see them walk away. And why even try? I’m sure Big E probably went through a lot of that, but he stuck to it and he stayed positive and he kept doing the work. Whether you’re friends with Big E or a fan of Big E, seeing someone succeed that has had to go through what you know is such a grueling journey to the top, that makes me more excited than anything. I’m really excited for him.

“Big E will be a leader, he will be an example because he stayed positive and because he kept doing the work. He didn’t let a lot of the obvious things that everybody has to go through, some more than others, he didn’t let it slow him down or get in his way. He conquered that, he conquered the hardest thing that will ever get in his way in the wrestling business which is the journey to the top. There’s nothing harder than that. The rest of it is easy compared. Good for him, kudos, my man.”

NXT 2.0 debuted last past week in a big way, introducing several new stars including the son of Rick Steiner, Bronson Rechsteiner, as Bron Breakker. Breakker debuted by beating LA Knight and then making his presence felt after Tommaso Ciampa won the NXT Championship. It was reported after his debut that NXT Announcers were strictly told not to mention Breakker’s lineage on commentary during his debut. Bischoff spoke about his relationship with Rick Steiner, and his thoughts about his sons debut on NXT 2.0.

“Rick is one of my favorite people from that part of my life and we’re still friends. We don’t chat all the time and all that,” Bischoff said. “Rick and I became pretty good friends in WCW and we became very good friends after WCW. So happy to see [his son on NXT], but I’ve got some issues with the Bron Breakker thing. I kept my mouth shut. The only thing that I said, and it was challenging for me on social media when it happened, I was like ‘I try, I really, really try.’

“Oh, there’s no doubt [he’s going to be a star]. I get that they didn’t want to call him Rex Steiner because his real last name is Rechsteiner and nothing lasts forever. Relationships generally don’t last forever, especially business relationships. You have to plan for the inevitable, and I understand why they would want to protect their intellectual property and give Bronson a real character name that they have control over. I don’t like that, but I understand it. It’s a fact of life whether I like it or don’t like it. The truth of the matter is, the business WWE and AEW are in, you have to protect your intellectual property. I get that. But they just cut a guy by the name of Braun. That’s the part I don’t get. The Breakker part, that’s like a video game kind of mentality. I get why they would do that. I understand it, but I still hate it. But the Bron part of that, the Bron Breakker after they just got rid of Braun Strowman, man. That’s the part that got to me, and I just want to go bat s**t livid on Twitter. And I went no, no, then you’re just like everybody else. You’re better than that.”