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Eric Bischoff, ‘I Understand The Business Evolves’; Talks Programming Advice He Got From Ted Turner

The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released this past Wednesday night!

You can find some of Eric ‘s comments transcribed below.

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EB: I don’t necessarily like the more robust high flying antics of guys like The Young Bucks. That’s just me but I’m 62 years old. I also understand that the business evolves. The one thing that I remind myself of, almost every single day, is that you can’t program content for your own personal taste. Sooner or later you are going to be out of your own demo and there is just not going to be enough of you to support your business model. I learned that from Ted Turner by the way. Ted Turner used to have in one of his manifestos, “Don’t program the network for your own taste. Open it up.” If you only appeal to people just like you then you are appealing to a very small audience. I remembered that. As much as I may prefer a 70s, 80s or even early-90s kind of format I am also a big fan of the business and I understand it evolves and changes. It’s no different than the music business.

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This week’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling features Eric and Nick taking an in-depth look at his recent WWE Network Table For 3 special with Jim Cornette and Michael PS Hayes. Including:

  • What it was like being on set with Jim Cornette after the terrible things Jim has said about him
  • If Eric was familiar with why Jim didn’t like him
  • How Eric dealt with backstage “stooges” in WCW
  • Why he hates Vince Russo
  • What the independent pro wrestling scene was like when Eric launched the WCW Power Plant
  • What other concepts from WCW Eric is proud of
  • If Eric feels responsible for the “cool heel”
  • Whether Roman Reigns can be a real old school heel
  • More…

Eric then answers questions from the #BischoffOnWrestling mailbag regarding:

  • Whose promos Eric enjoyed listening to the most in WCW
  • How he would have ended the nWo angle
  • If there was ever a push in WCW to do business deals, recruit talent or do live events in Puerto Rico
  • If it’s true WCW’s PPV profits went to Time Warner and not WCW
  • Whether featuring Eric backstage before the “shocking” hug with Vince on RAW took away from his debut
  • The idea of a tag team Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • Hulk Hogan’s hair peace at Halloween Havoc 96
  • If undefeated streaks mean less now than before
  • Why the proposed WCW deal with NBC in late 98 didn’t work out
  • More…

You can find a special Bischoff on Wrestling Overrun on featuring Eric chatting with his longtime friend and former WCW Performer Sonny Onoo. Some of the topics they discuss include:

  • How Sonny turned Eric on to sushi
  • Why it’s weird getting older and going to strip clubs
  • Their memories from their bizarre trip to North Korea for The Collision In Korea w/ Muhammad Ali
  • Why Eric thinks WWE will never released The Collision In Korea on the WWE Network
  • Sonny’s take on NJPW expanding into the United States and what Japanese wrestling fans want
  • Vince Russo eliminating Japanese wrestlers from WCW TV and the subsequent lawsuit that Sonny was apart of
  • Eric as a kickboxer and why other kickboxers were scared of him
  • If Sonny thinks Eric could have taken Vince McMahon in a fight
  • Sonny’s recent trip to the NJPW offices
  • More…