Eric Bischoff hasn’t always been the biggest fan of AEW’s. He has criticized the company’s booking and management several times in the past.
Earlier this month, Bischoff called Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter “a disease” for allegedly being exposed as a “phony journalist” that isn’t as objective a reporter as he claims to be.
He considered it a “joke” that Tony Khan was voted Booker of the Year by readers of the Wrestling Observer, especially as the company, in his view, nearly imploded due to Khan’s allegedly questionable creative and management decisions.
And he also criticized CM Punk for “burying Hulk Hogan” despite not knowing the man and never having wrestled him.
However, despite all of these critical comments aimed at either AEW as a company, a wrestler competing for that company, or the people that cover that company, one recent decision didn’t get the usual groans or jeers from the former WCW executive; instead, he thought it was great.
Eric Bischoff is optimistic on AEW’s decision to run house shows
Speaking on Strictly Business, Bischoff gave a simple explanation for why he thinks this will help AEW’s business.
“I think it’s great. I think there is nothing but positive upside potentially, business-wise we’re going to find out … I think it’ll be a very successful effort.”
AEW’s first house show took place on March 18th in Troy, Ohio and it reportedly drew 3,200 fans. These house shows are scheduled to take place in both United States and Canada starting this year.
The first house show in Canada is scheduled for July 15th and will take place during the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta.
h/t WrestlingInc for the transcription