Eric Bischoff, former rival and employee to Vince McMahon shoots on whether ‘The Boss’ has lost his touch with the WWE.
Vince McMahon took the Wrestling industry by its horns and completely changed it in his own image. He ruthlessly made the WWE, then WWF, the biggest wrestling promotion in the world by taking out rival promotions; most of whom did not stand a chance.
There was one company by the name of WCW however, that almost won the war. Led by Eric Bischoff, several battles were won by Ted Turner’s promotion until it all fell apart in the end and the WWE came out on top once again.
Several former WCW stars jumped ship including Bischoff himself. The man who lived to bring the downfall was now on WWE television; hugging the CEO and doing his bit to make the show better than before.
A lot has changed since the Monday night wars and the Attitude Era. Wrestling has not been as popular as it once was and a lot of it has been put on McMahon’s shoulders, who many have blamed for his failure to adapt to the changing times.
Eric Bischoff on if Vince McMahon has lost his touch with WWE
During the latest edition of his “83 Weeks” podcast, Bischoff was asked if Vince McMahon had lost his touch with the WWE and was reluctant to change formulas that had worked in the past.
“That’s such a hard one,” Bischoff answered. “It’s because it’s such a complex answer. The entertainment industry is changing every single day. I think it’s true that Vince is committed to a formula that has provided an unbelievable level of success for the wrestling industry as a whole.”
“There isn’t anybody that can look at what the WWE has accomplished in terms of its global significance in the world of entertainment and not recognize that the formulas that Vince McMahon relied upon to achieve those levels of success were unquestionably amazing success stories, and the formulas worked.’
“Now do I think there may be some reluctance to adapt new formulas in light of the ever changing nature of entertainment? Yes, I do. Do I understand why people are reluctant to change those formulas? Of course, I do.”
However, Bischoff was quick to lay a part of the blame on advertisers, who the WWE had to please.
“There are things I’m sure WWE would love to do creatively that they just can’t because they know the blowback they’ll get from advertisers,” Bischoff added. “It’s a little bit like producing an action movie for Disney. You gotta be really careful how you do that. That’s probably the best analogy I could give.’
“Does that mean he’s out of touch? Or does that mean he’s catering his business to his customer? The real customer, being the advertiser, because without the advertiser, there are no viewers.”
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