Another listener asks Bischoff if WWE’s attitude era would have taken off if WCW didn’t make wrestling cool again with the formation of the NWO. Bischoff says ‘absolutely not’, and he feels that WCW and NWO gave WWE the formula that they ultimately used to create the attitude era. WCW showed WWE how it was done, and then gave them a clear passing lane to do it better than them.
Bischoff says the idea that another wrestling promotion can step up to WWE is flawed. In order to compete with WWE, a promotion needs to find television distribution on a major Network such as the USA Network, and this network must be willing to invest ten years into this wrestling program to allow it to grow to the point where WWE already is. In order to compete with WWE you need to go head-to-head with them in every aspect, and that’ll cost an unbelievable amount of money.
Bischoff admits that someone like CM Punk returning to ROH and publicly criticizing WWE could create some momentum, but ROH would still need another four or five guys and a lot of cash flow in order to even think about challenging WWE.
That sums up today’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!