Eric Bischoff Explains Why Fans Shouldn’t Make A Big Deal Out Of RAW’s Recent Historically Low Ratings

The latest episode of Eric Bischoff’s new weekly podcast Bischoff on Wrestling is now available on iTunes & PodcastArena.com! A new episode will be available every Wednesday night.

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On whether or not RAW’s historically low ratings this past week are cause for concern:

EB: I think way too many times “pundits” or people who are on the periphery of the television business, even some people involved in the television business, spend way too much time thinking or talking about a weekly variation. Particularly when it’s in the neighborhood of less than 10% or 10%. Even more so when you’re up against an anomaly like the Olympics. It’s easy just to ascribe a footnote to it and say, “Oh, well, by the way they were up against the Olympics.” 28.8 million viewers. That’s a hell of a lot of viewers. Across a wide demo. It’s not just an asterisk. It’s a very important point conversely to what most internet wrestling fans think. I think the fact WWE was able to hold nearly three million people up against the Olympics, during the heat of the summer which is the worst time of year, is phenomenal. So, I wouldn’t get too wound up over it. 

This week’s “The Business of Professional Wrestling” segment features Eric discussing:

  • WWE and Joey Styles parting ways
  • The fine line WWE Superstars walk by saying controversial things about the company while under contract
  • Dean Ambrose’s comments on the live Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network about Brock Lesnar being lazy and not wanting to do business in their WrestleMania 32 bout
  • How Conor McGregor’s comments could have affected a bigger deal between WWE & UFC
  • Whether RAW’s ratings dropping sharply this week means anything
  • If it’s time to turn John Cena heel now due to his busy “Hollywood” schedule
  • His thoughts on The New Day
  • The return of the squash match to WWE
  • UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s recent controversial comments about Brock Lesnar and WWE Superstars
  • More…

He then airs the second half of his interview with Nick Aldis (aka Magnus). During the interview they discuss:

  • Eric thinking Nick had “a chip on his shoulder” the first time they met
  • Nick’s work with Sting in TNA
  • The uphill battle he faced in TNA being labeled a “Dixie Project”
  • Chris Jericho’s leap from WCW to WWE and the difference in storytelling
  • The Cruiserweight Classic
  • How we are currently in the wild west of digital distribution and advertising
  • Why Nick thinks Chael Sonnen was the pro wrestler in 2012
  • More…

Today’s show wraps up with Eric answering a handful of questions from fans

A new episode of Bischoff on Wrestling will be released every Wednesday night on iTunes & PodcastArena.com.

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