WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

Appearing on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Eric Bischoff was asked to compare AEW to WWE in the current wrestling landscape.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

Bischoff, who worked for WWE in 2019 and has made a handful of appearances on AEW program, said that they’re not promotions that can really be compared. Despite that, Eric Bischoff stated he favors AEW’s production more than WWE’s and believes the promotion has been really successful.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

“I don’t think you can really compare them. It’s not apples to apples,” Bischoff said. “Obviously AEW has been really successful over the last two years. They’ve gone from ‘what AEW? Is that like a plumbers union?’ to being a very successful program in primetime television on a major network?

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

That alone is a major accomplishment. But how do you compare that to the billion dollars a year that WWE is making and returning to its shareholders? It’s two different things, so I don’t want to compare them that way.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

“I’ll just say what I like about AEW. I’ve been saying for the last fifteen years that WWE is too overproduced. It’s too perfect, it’s so perfect it no longer feels real. I can’t connect to it.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

In my opinion, this is just my opinion based on 30-some-odd years of being in the industry, I think wrestling works as a TV product for a lot of reasons. But one of the core reasons and wrestling has been around since the beginning of TV time.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

It was one of the most successful TV programs at the beginning of TV history. And the reason for that, and it’s a lot of the reason why live sports works as well as it does, is it allows the viewer to feel like you’re in the arena. You’re not. You’re sitting in the comfort of your own home.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

When I watch WWE, I feel like I’m in a movie theater watching the producers of Disney on Ice. It’s too glitzy. Let me see something I shouldn’t see. Don’t shoot around every little imperfection.

WWE no longer feels real: Eric Bischoff

Don’t spend quite as much money on all those lights. This is making me feel like I’m in a movie theater and not in an arena. I’ve never been in an arena that looks like that unless you’re watching a wrestling event from WWE. I don’t like that.”