Eric Bischoff, former WCW President, recently spoke about NXT moving to Tuesday nights. This officially marked the end of the Wednesday Night Wars as AEW Dynamite will still take place every Wednesday night. Last week for the very first time, both shows took place on separate nights.
Due to this, NXT secured its highest rating ever. AEW Dynamite secured its second-highest rating ever.
Eric Bischoff on The End of The Wednesday Night Wars
Although Bischoff believes that this move will benefit both companies, he strongly suggested both companies to keep the momentum going.
He spoke about it on his podcast. “It’s great that WWE decided to move over to Tuesday nights,” Bischoff said. “They thought that was a better spot for them for whatever reason, but they made the move and it worked out for them.
Obviously, it worked out for AEW, they delivered the 2nd highest rating in the history of their show. Now they’re up to 1.2 million which is fantastic by today’s standards, 5 years ago, it would’ve been a death sentence.
“By today’s standards, that’s damn good and good for them, it’s growth, they’re moving the needle. They’re moving their audience, that’s a great thing. The challenge is going to be maintaining that throughout the summer when people are busy playing softball, hanging with their buddies, taking their kid to little league, doing whatever they’re doing which is not sitting in the house watching television because that’s what they’ve been doing all winter”.
Bischoff also mentioned that no promotion has ever been able to touch WWE as they have an extremely good relationship with advertisers. That is the reason why they have been able to stay on top of the professional wrestling world for more than 30 years.
“[Advertising for wrestling is] much different today,” Bischoff said. “Largely I credit WWE for that. I don’t think anybody has done a better job making professional wrestling programming as popular with advertisers as WWE.
It’s not even close, nobody has. “It’s been a long term effort, 30-year effort and it’s paying off big dividends”. Eric Bischoff has largely stayed away from the professional wrestling world ever since he left WWE.
He did make a single appearance on AEW, but so far he has no plans on returning to any promotion. However, that can all change as Eric still has a huge number of fans that probably want to see him back on TV.