The pro wrestling world has seen practically every televised company implement cinematic matches in one way or another, especially during the pandemic. This also gave a lot more creative freedom in regards to what they can accomplish during a match. Eric Bischoff doesn’t seem to be a fan of the idea.
While speaking with Riju Dasgupta, Eric Bischoff mentioned his opinion about cinematic matches. He doesn’t think the concept is the “future” of the pro wrestling business as some might. Instead, Bischoff sees it as a special attraction that a company should do about twice a year to elevate a story.
“I don’t think it’s the future of the business; I think it’s a valuable component. I think it’s a special attraction. I think if it’s done too much, it will lose some of its value to the audience when everything becomes a cinematic style match; then it’s no longer special.
“I think if the cinematic matches are presented as a special event, once a year, or twice a year, or in unique story-driven situations, I think it could become a very valuable part of the presentation. But I think to rely on that exclusively as a presentation would diminish their value.”
The lack of crowds during the pandemic made cinematic matches an alternative in many instances. WWE has even figured out how to mesh live and taped elements of matches to make it look like a seamless presentation.
Cinematic matches have provided a lot of opportunities, but it is also important to not stray away from actual in-ring action too much. When live fans return it is likely that cinematic matches might not be needed as often, so it’s important not to lean on the idea too heavily in the meantime.