Bischoff welcomes Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin to the show.
Bischoff talks about the current state of Impact Wrestling. He says that Impact’s current viewership resembles that of a semi-successful Youtube video. They have no live event revenue, and their PPV revenue is unknown but more than likely irrelevant. This presents a tough situations for wrestlers, who will have a hard time putting a dollar figure on their value to the company.
Satin agrees, but feels that Matt and Jeff Hardy are the two performers who can argue that they have had a significant positive impact on the promotion over the last 12 months. Their buzz on social media and throughout the independent scene is probably the driving force of the little viewership that Impact has seen lately, and without those two guys, the numbers could have been far worse.
Satin mentions that The Hardys’ departure from Impact was less about the financial aspects of their deal, and more about creative control. Apparently the head of the networks told The Hardys to go to WWE if they weren’t satisfied with the way creative control was being distributed, and this angered Matt and Jeff. Bischoff says he’s been on both sides of that coin in the past and whoever writes the cheque gets the final say, and in the wrestling business that’s always the network.
Bischoff feels that television ratings in the wrestling business is less important than ever. Ratings are no longer an accurate representation of viewership, and a more accurate number is the number of households watching. Satin agrees and points out that with the increase in overall television stations and entertainment outlets today, it’s impossible for RAW to get the kind of numbers that WWE and WCW were receiving during the attitude era.