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. He also added that WWE provided AEW with a golden opportunity after recent releases. He also made an interesting claim about WWE’s plans for storylines, or lack thereof.
Many fans would agree that WWE’s product has fallen a lot when it comes to quality. The current product has a lot of flaws including 50/50 booking, feuds that don’t go anywhere, teams splitting up for no reason and storylines not making sense. The disinterest of the fans is reflected in the dwindling ratings of Monday Night RAW over the past few years.
As a whole, the element of storylines in pro wrestling, in general, has largely remained unchanged and that is an issue for many fans.
While speaking on the 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed the current state of wrestling and claimed that WWE does not plan long-term storylines locked in.
“I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that anybody really has, at this point in time, a three or six month story locked in. I know when I was in WWE last, two or three years ago, that was definitely not the case, it was more week-to-week no matter what anybody said. I don’t know what it’s like in AEW because I’m not there, I’m not doing it but as recently as 24 months ago I was in the thick of it in WWE. There were no three and six months storylines locked in, I can assure you of that. Maybe that’s changed, hopefully it has and I think you need to have a good plan, a three month plan, a six month plan, if you can have a year great.
“But you also have to be flexible enough and spend enough time reading the audience, not the ratings, not the quarter hours. That doesn’t tell you sh**, that tells you what history is, that doesn’t tell you what the audience is thinking or feeling and there’s only one way to know that and that is to be out there with the audience. I hope that there are three and six month plans out there and if there are, hopefully people are paying attention to the crowd reaction as well.”
We certainly wonder if pro wrestling as a whole will improve their storylines, especially WWE in this case. Many fans would agree that the majority of pro wrestling storylines have gotten stale over the years. We will have to see if that ever changes eventually.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.
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