Eric Bischoff on Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson Distributed on TV, Bob Ryder was a big Young Bucks fan at TNA


On the latest “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff revisited TNA No Surrender 2011 and was also asked a few questions about today’s product:

Eric Bischoff was asked about his thoughts on AEW giving the first Kenny Omega-Bryan Danielson game on free TV instead of a PPV:

“Let’s go to ‘They should have kept it for the PPV.’ It was the story. Where did it start? It certainly didn’t start with Turner Broadcasting. It certainly didn’t start in WCW. It started in the wrestling internet community, mostly run by people like Dave Meltzer, who just had to go their separate ways and do whatever they could to criticize me or WCW. This is where it all started and has been built over the years. Everyone said, “Yeah, they should have done it (referring to the Hulk Hogan vs. Goldberg game broadcast on free TV in 1998 as opposed to the PPV).” People don’t really understand the business even though they sometimes do. It has been one thing.

It’s one of those things that strikes me quite regularly on social media. – Yes, but you betrayed Goldberg and Hogan on TV. You are the reason WCW is dead. It was a perfect example of why he died, ”all because of the wrestling community on the Internet. First of all, before moving quickly, it worked. Yes, we were a television company. The main focus of Turner Broadcasting was television. Yes, they wanted to make money in the process. Obviously they did, but when given the choice, PPV or TV, 99 times out of 100, it’s going to be shown on TV. It’s the driver. That’s why WCW existed from the start because Ted Turner believed wrestling would get eyes on the network.

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Read his autobiography. Everything you read about Ted, if you do your research, this is one of the reasons Ted believed in wrestling, not because he loved wrestling per se, although he did, but because he understood that it would catch the eye. In the early days of Turner Broadcasting’s history, that was its primary and primary focus, and it continued. Now we are in 2021, you have a new business at AEW. You have Turner, and obviously it’s not the same Turner. It’s Warner Media. None of the executives, I say, probably know the high-level executives who are at Turner today, or even probably who probably didn’t finish high school when we were there, or the less at university. You have a whole different set of management. You have a different set of circumstances. Everything is different except one thing. It is still a television company. Television rights are the most prominent item in WWE’s quarterly SEC statements. That’s where most of their money comes from, it’s the television rights. In the case of AEW, it certainly is. Nothing has changed folks. The only thing that has changed is the way people write about it because of their connections and closeness. Nothing has changed. It’s the same thing, and I think it’s a big move by the way. Kudos to Tony Khan for having the basics to do it.

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Bischoff said Bob Ryder was the Young Bucks’ biggest supporter when they were at TNA in 2011:

“I knew the reason The Young Bucks, or Generation Me (as they were called at the time), was at TNA was because of Bob Ryder. Bob Ryder was such a big supporter of the Young Bucks to the point where he started to piss people off. Bob Ryder, one would have to look long and hard for people who would say anything negative about Bob Ryder and the way he treated others. He was very calm, supportive, he did his job and he worked hard. He would have ideas like everyone else, but if you didn’t buy into his idea or go along with his suggestion, he wouldn’t get a ** rash about it. He was just going to move on and go about his business, except when it came to Generation Me. He was aggressive in pushing them. I had worked with Bob for a bit at WCW. I knew Bob before TNA. I saw that aspect of Bob’s personality that made me say ‘Wow. You have a little fire in your buddy. He was really high on them.

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