WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff has been part of the business for several decades now, which is why his wisdom and experience regarding topics are usually kept in high regard. That being said, Bischoff isn’t a fan of the current AEW and ROH product. In fact, he went so far as to call ROH a parasite to AEW.
AEW President Tony Khan purchased Ring of Honor last year and fans wondered what that would entail for the brand. In the year since then, Khan has produced a few pay-per-views under the ROH brand and started a weekly television series earlier this year.
The dwindling ticket sales and lack of any real buzz surrounding ROH have worried hardcore fans as well. While speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about ROH’s current product. Bischoff first explained that NXT is currently so successful because WWE took its time to establish NXT as its own brand before having main roster stars compete in NXT.
On the other hand, Bischoff stated that ROH became a part of AEW shows right from the beginning, not letting the brand develop into its own thing. He further stated that ROH is a parasite on AEW.
”You have to build the brand, it has to stands on its own, it has to perform on its own without diluting the core product. Right now, ROH is a giant freaking parasite on the AEW brand and the more focus they put on the parasite, the more the parasite is going to diminish or harm the core brand. I just think that they f*** it up so badly that we won’t really see a successful ROH anytime in our lifetime.”
This year’s ROH Final Battle pay-per-view event will be taking place on December 15th and ticket sales for the show haven’t been good at all. Regardless, it remains to be seen whether the ROH product will ever improve.
What is your view on what Eric Bischoff had to say? Do you believe ROH is truly in the pits right now? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Transcription by Ringside News