Mercedes Mone’s standing in professional wrestling remains uncertain as all signs point towards Mone making her way to AEW, for better or for worse. While many believe Mone in AEW would be a game changer, Eric Bischoff thinks differently. Bischoff genuinely believes Mone’s inclusion in AEW would not boost the company’s business at all.

Mercedes Mone and WWE resumed discussions, but the negotiations encountered a setback. By December 29th the talks fell apart, with no specific reason cited. One side perceived the asking price as too high, while the other felt the offer was too low, contributing to the breakdown.

In light of WWE and Mone’s talks falling apart, there is a lot of creeping suspicion that Mone has already signed deal with AEW. While speaking on the latest episode of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff talked about Mercedes Mone possibly debuting in AEW. He would explain why Mone’s inclusion in the company won’t really help boost AEW’s business whatsoever.

How many times have we seen big names come from WWE to AEW and people speculating about how it’s going to impact the business and what’s going to happen, and nothing happens? It doesn’t matter who you bring in there. And I made the comment, I’m going to make it again: AEW is quickly becoming TNA. And I got nearly a million views on that comment, and out of the probably half million responses, everybody buried my comment and me along with it.”


Eric Bischoff would further elaborate his argument by noting that barring CM Punk, no one has been able to impact business in a positive light, especially when it came to ticket sales.

 “But this is a perfect example of what I meant. We’ve seen so many big names come into AEW. Pick one; let’s put CM Punk off to the side. Pick any other one, and the net impact on the growth of the business, other than selling t-shirts has been zip. Nada. The television audience continues to deteriorate while WWE continues to grow. You look at their ticket sales outside of anomalies or outliers, I should say, like the UK, and they’re not doing nearly as well as they were in the past there.”

“Have you looked at their Dynamite shows just — you know, check out WrestleTix on social media and you can see their ticket sales. And you know, they’re playing in 10,000 [to] 15,000 seat venues, but they’re scaling them down to 4,000. And a week before the event, they haven’t sold out yet. So it doesn’t matter.”

AEW has also confirmed negotiations with Mercedes Mone for her debut. It remains to be seen if she ends up debuting on tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite, which will be the homecoming edition of the show.

What’s your view on what Eric Bischoff had to say? Do you believe Mercedes Mone will be a dud in AEW? Let us know in the comments!

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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