WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff has revealed the aspect of production he believes AEW does better than WWE.
While Eric Bischoff formed a friendship with Tony Khan and made several appearances for AEW after the promotion launched in 2019, over the last few months he has become a lot more vocal with his criticisms of the company.
The former WCW President’s criticisms have included everything from what he sees as “flatlining ratings” to the introduction of CM Punk being the “biggest financial flop in wrestling history”. His relationship with AEW has got to the point where Eric Bischoff doesn’t think he’ll ever be invited back onto another of their shows.
However, speaking on the latest edition of his AdFreeShows exclusive ‘Strictly Business’ podcast, Eric Bischoff was more positive about the promotion, praising their production for its ability to make him feel like he’s in the arena. this is something he says WWE fails to do as their shows seem “almost artificial”.
“One of the things I like much better about AEWs production than WWE’s is that I actually feel like I’m in the arena. It’s not so pretty [compared to WWE] and it’s almost artificial when it’s done so well that I just feel like I’m in the arena. I can almost smell the popcorn. For me, that’s the part that I miss, that I enjoy the most, the experience. I really want to almost smell the popcorn, that stale beer that somebody spilled the night before because that’s what brings me back to what made me fall in love with professional wrestling.
“The cleaner it gets, the more distance I feel from it and the less my experience becomes. When you create that totally artificial environment and there’s a lot of reasons why that might be a great idea, I will tell you, for me as an individual, they lost me at that point. There’s no way I’m going to spend two minutes of my life [watching] because I’m not getting anything out of it. [It’s] one of the reasons why I love professional wrestling, and we all have different reasons why we love it, why we’re attracted to it in the first place. It’s different for everybody. For me, personally, the minute they do that, I’m out, completely out.”
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