WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the pro wrestling business and is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds to have ever worked in it. He is well aware of the changing landscape of pro wrestling as well.
AEW Dynamite will be moving to TBS in January of 2022. This was an announcement that shocked the pro wrestling world. In addition to that, AEW: Rampage and four annual specials were also confirmed as part of the new deal.
While speaking on his podcast, 83 weeks, Eric Bischoff stated that AEW’s move to TBS next year is certainly a great one and then discussed how AEW Rampage airing right after Friday Night Smackdown could benefit AEW, as Tony Khan should advertise AEW Rampage during Friday Night Smackdown.
“I think the whole move is a giant bonus. I think it’s a brilliant move. Let’s look at it, and I don’t know how much money is involved, it doesn’t matter. Here’s what happened; AEW is moving from TNT on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m. over to TBS on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The audience is going to find them, there’s not going to be a loss of audience. It’s not going to change a thing so there’s no net loss. There’s no net gain, I don’t think there will be a net gain, but I could be wrong. But let’s just say it’s a neutral move, it’s a lateral move. Didn’t hurt, didn’t help, it just is.
But they got a show on Friday night following Smackdown. Guess what I’m doing if I’m Turner? Tony, are you listening? I’m buying local advertising inside of Smackdown in all of the markets in this country that I want to promote my shows in, live events or otherwise. And while people are watching Smackdown, I’m going to be telling them ‘hey, when Smackdown’s over, guess what we’re doing over here?’ And you’re going to drag some of that audience with you. That’s not a positive, that’s a giant positive, a giant net gain.
“So they risk nothing, they get an extra hour of television which is going to be additional revenue, how much we don’t know (doesn’t matter, it’s going to work). And they’re going to be able to draft off of Smackdown. How does that suck?”
Eric Bischoff certainly has a very interesting idea, which is somewhat similar to the ‘paid advertisements’ that Tony Khan does on Impact Wrestling. We certainly wonder how AEW Rampage will fare once it airs on August 13.