In the latest edition of his 83 weeks podcast, Former WCW President Eric Bischoff spoke about his honest opinion of CM Punk’s previous AEW run.
Bischoff is not impressed. He also talked about Punk’s previous claims that AEW had bigger talent acquisitions than WCW, which brought in Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
“Great anticipation for CM Punk, right? I put it down, I was thrilled, ”said Bischoff. “And I’ve never met CM Punk, I’ve never had a conversation with Punk, but I am aware of the justice and worth of this character and the way he was teased and the anticipation that was generated , I was so excited about this. It was the first time in a long time that I’ve seen a truly orchestrated controlled build that really generated the anticipation that I think is such a big part of what wrestling is all about.
“Since then there have been 500,000-600,000 spectators again. Tony says, ‘Well they decided they’re going to measure up to us and I’ll be punk and sydal ”and that’s not negative, but what did it do? Not much, but what happened, and that is the art of war, is being forced on WWE by making this overlap with AEW’s time slot, a situation where CM Punk is now opening the show.
“Punk didn’t deliver. Punk was the guy that came out and his first comments were, ‘The addition of that talent was more significant than Scott Hall and Kevin Nash’ and was constantly referring to WCW because they want to be the company that WCW was in the mid-90s.
“There are constant references to WCW. When Scott Hall and Kevin Nash walked in, we drove off. Punk, you came in and shit your way to bed for the ratings. It is not there and there is really nothing to suggest otherwise. You just have to be careful what you say until you deliver. That comment punk made about these guys being more significant than Hall and Nash in 96, and two weeks after his big arrival, ratings dropped 40-50%.
“That set my fuse on fire. I didn’t want to comment on any of this until punk came out and said, ‘It’s going to be five years before the effects of this talent really show up in the reviews,’ right? Are you kidding me? Is anyone but an uninformed person Wrestling fan who loves CM punk, believe this nonsense? It will be five years? Dude you will get AARP mail because it happens once you start turning 50 they start beating you with this shit .
“I let it go, but then coming out a few weeks later, after I think it should be embarrassing and seeing the ratings dip as they did after its debut, suggests to me that it is not as hot as it tries to make people think to let that he is. If it were him, the numbers would be much bigger. “
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