LA Knight has rapidly ascended as the latest sensation in WWE, grabbing eyeballs and earning the adulation of countless fans. Last Saturday’s SummerSlam Battle Royal, powered by Slim Jim, bore testament to Knight's skyrocketing fame when he triumphed over 24 other top-tier WWE Superstars.
In a recent episode of the podcast "83 Weeks", Eric Bischoff, formerly at the helm as the "Raw" General Manager, delved into the narrative of the WWE Premium Event and, specifically, LA Knight. Bischoff insightfully commented on the nature of WWE's booking tactics, making a salient point for AEW’s CEO, Tony Khan.
His counsel? Steer clear from what he described as "internet booking."
Bischoff on Knight's Ascent
Bischoff mused, “Where does one go after clinching the world title? For Knight, it might just be a descent”.
The veteran advocated for Knight to be gradually eased into such a pivotal role, drawing parallels with the strategy being employed for Cody. “The essence of 'getting someone over' lies in instigating the audience to demand it,” he remarked, not veiling his disdain for those who fail to grasp this nuanced tactic.
He opined that such a method allows promoters to take a backseat, essentially letting storylines evolve organically. This natural progression is pivotal in ensuring sustainability and profitability, rather than hurriedly chasing conclusions to appease a niche audience segment.
Bischoff wasn’t shy in expressing his skepticism about catering to online clamor, admonishing, "This is precisely why internet booking is futile. It’s an impulsive response to the whims of the online realm." In a direct message to Khan, he emphasized, "Heed this: eschew the noise, focus on proven strategies.
Exhibit discipline, draft a strategy, and steadfastly abide by it." As the discussion veered back to LA Knight, Bischoff expressed optimism about the superstar's prospective journey in WWE. He concluded with some sage advice for Knight: embrace whatever role WWE carves out for him and to revel in the journey. After all, such stardom, though intense, is often ephemeral.