Eric Bischoff explains why WWE RAW Legends Night was a success. The former WCW head believes the legends will always be featured on Wrestling shows.
In recent years, fans have made an argument that wrestling returns of legends should be sparingly used. And even when done, shouldn’t be done at the cost of an upcoming talent. Goldberg beating Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens in less than a minute comes to mind. According to Eric Bischoff, that isn’t a bad thing however.
The former WCW boss is of the opinion, that legends will always have a place in wrestling because the viewing pattern is generational. Bischoff explained that fans watch wrestling when they’re younger and move away from the product when they get older.
They eventually return to wrestling and love to see stars they grew up watching. The fans eventually start families and watch wrestling with their children. The kids then follow the same cycle as their parents. They too will one day return to watch their favorite legends on TV and relive their childhood.
Eric Bischoff explains why WWE RAW Legends Night was a success
“You know, this has been a discussion that I’ve been hearing or have taken part in for the last 30 years,” Bischoff told Sportskeeda. “When I first got into professional wrestling, a lot of the younger talent and some of the wrestling fans would always complain about the older established talent given too much TV time and too much recognition and that it was time for them to retire.
“To let new, young talent rise to the top, and every time that was ever attempted, it generally failed because wrestling fans love the legends. People grow up watching wrestling, and they stick with the product.”
“They are watching it as kids. They are watching it into their early teens and even into their late teens and early twenties and are going to college and developing relationships and have other interests. You tend to go away from wrestling; they stop watching for a while. But then they kind of come back in their mid to late twenties and early thirties. And when they got kids, they watch wrestling with their kids. It’s a generational type of programming.
“Like, probably like nothing else other than sports. And because it’s generational, and because people have been watching most of their lives, there will always be a place, in my opinion, for legends and older stars.”
“There will always be a place, in my opinion, for older talent. And if you look at the 18-49 demo, much recently on Monday Night RAW, last week, they had one of the best shows ever, not ever, but in a very long time, in that 18-49 demo because that demo wants to go back and see the talent, they grew up with or watched when they were in their twenties or thirties. Again, it’s all about balance.”
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