Arn Anderson has given his thoughts on the recent Chris Jericho Vs Nick Gage deathmatch and responded to Eric Bischoff’s comments that matches like that are “bad for the industry.”
On a recent edition of his 83 Weeks podcast [first available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com], Eric Bischoff gave his thoughts on AEW Fight For The Fallen’s No Rules main event and opened up about why he wasn’t a fan.
“I just don’t think that kind of thing [works]. Number one, it doesn’t interest me, that style of wrestling. I think it’s bad for the industry in general, I think it appeals to such a small portion of the audience that a larger portion of the audience is turned off by it.”
“I recognize that that’s my subjective taste. They’re not trying to appeal to me so I’m not criticizing them, [“them”] being AEW for doing it. I’m just telling you how I feel – in this case as someone who’s been in the business for a minute and as a viewer.”
Speaking to Inside The Ropes’ own Innes McVey during a recent AdFreeShows Q&A session, Arn Anderson responded to Bischoff’s comments and explained that whilst deathmatches are not to his taste, there is a place for them due to the diversity of wrestling today.
“As far as it being bad, I don’t know if that’s the right word. I’ve been in some blood and guts matches, War Games was about as violent as you get. It’s not my decision to say what should go on our television or not. To my personal taste, is that something that I would want to be involved in? No. [But] that’s the beauty of the wrestling industry especially now. It’s like the ice cream store, [there’s] 21 flavours.”
‘The Enforcer’ went on to encourage fans to simply switch the channel if they see something on a show they aren’t a fan of, regardless of whether they’re watching AEW, WWE, IMPACT or any other promotion!
“You pick what you want, you like what you want and if you don’t like it, this is my suggestion: Whether you’re watching our show or a WWE show, RAW or SmackDown, or you watch IMPACT, whatever it is, this is my opinion. Watch what you like and when you see something that you know you’re not going to like, switch the channel.
You can like stuff from a show without liking the entire show and that’s your prerogative. Flip it off. Just do me a favour: If it’s our show you’re flipping off, flip back in a little bit because we’ll have something that you will like after that, I assure you.”