Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the pro wrestling business and is certainly one of the greatest minds to have ever been part of it. He is well aware of the changing landscape of pro wrestling and how it might not always be the best. Bischoff also had some surprising praise for AEW recently.

AEW certainly has come far since its humble beginnings back in 2019. The company has noticeably improved when it comes to its in-ring product and overall production values. Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

While speaking on the Exclusive Strictly Business Podcast, Eric Bischoff gave AEW props for their production being better than WWE’s artificial environment.

“One of the things I like much better about AEWs production than WWE’s is that I actually feel like I’m in the arena. It’s not so pretty [compared to WWE] and it’s almost artificial when it’s done so well that I just feel like I’m in the arena. I can almost smell the popcorn. For me, that’s the part that I miss, that I enjoy the most, the experience. I really want to almost smell the popcorn, that stale beer that somebody spilled the night before because that’s what brings me back to what made me fall in love with professional wrestling.


“The cleaner it gets, the more distance I feel from it and the less my experience becomes. When you create that totally artificial environment and there’s a lot of reasons why that might be a great idea, I will tell you, for me as an individual, they lost me at that point. There’s no way I’m going to spend two minutes of my life [watching] because I’m not getting anything out of it. [It’s] one of the reasons why I love professional wrestling, and we all have different reasons why we love it, why we’re attracted to it in the first place. It’s different for everybody. For me, personally, the minute they do that, I’m out, completely out.”

Tony Khan also believes AEW is legit competitor to WWE, unlike other promotions. AEW has a lot of things planned for the next month, with Double or Nothing then the Forbidden Door crossover event with NJPW. It remains to be seen how the events will be received by fans.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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