In a recent episode of his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff addressed the downfall of the New World Order (NWO) in professional wrestling, discussing the group's original purposes, its decline, and the failure of the Sold Out Pay-Per-View (PPV).
Bischoff admitted the NWO was watered down due to its commercial success. "Business was too good to put an end to it," he stated. Despite recognizing it as possibly a bad decision retrospectively, Bischoff justified the choice as a business move.
He expressed support for the Latino World Order, highlighting its continued appeal even in WWE. Discussing the less-than-stellar performance of the Sold Out PPV, Bischoff cited several reasons for its failure, including timing and proximity to WrestleMania.
However, he insisted the event wasn't a failure, lauding the unique concept and distinct personality it gave to the show. He expressed that every PPV should strive to offer something different and defended Sold Out for breaking the norm of what PPV should look like.
Bischoff Defends NWO's Legacy
As for the NWO's original purpose, Bischoff emphasized its primary goal was to overtake WCW, describing it as "anarchy meets professional wrestling." Despite valid criticisms regarding sloppy execution, he insisted the goal wasn't just to score high ratings but to build the NWO brand.
In the latest episode of the 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff delved into the 12 or 18-month span of the New World Order's (NWO) dominance in professional wrestling. He compared this period to a riveting 12-minute match, elucidating that the strategy was to let the NWO, metaphorically the 'heel', maintain control over 10 out of those 12 minutes.
This narrative structure was designed to create an intensifying underdog storyline that would eventually allow for the resurgent triumph of WCW (World Championship Wrestling), the 'baby face' in this scenario. Despite acknowledging some missteps in the execution of the NWO narrative, Bischoff steadfastly defends its originality and the profound impact it had on the wrestling industry.
Even as he recognizes past oversights, he stands firm on the uniqueness of the concept, underscoring the role it played in reshaping the wrestling landscape. He credits the NWO for pushing boundaries, inducing high-stakes drama, and sparking a period of unparalleled viewer engagement within the realm of professional wrestling.