Eric Bischoff is one of the creative minds behind the successes of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1990s, but he also worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) in the 2000s. His term as CEO of Raw, which lasted 1239 days (July 15, 2002 to December 5, 2005), is the longest in WWE history.
With an amateur background in martial arts, Bischoff also sporadically performed as an in-ring competitor, becoming a one-time WCW Hardcore Champion and headlining the 1998 Road Wild pay-per-view event. He wrote an autobiography, titled Controversy Creates Cash, which was released in 2006 under WWE Books.
On a recent episode of the 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff answered fan questions on Twitter ranging from his thoughts on the Eye for an Eye match at Extreme Rules to his opinion on Vince McMahon being out of touch in today's wrestling climate.
Eric Bischoff on the different wrestling shows
"That question and my response to it could be a one hour show," Bischoff said. "Absolutely that's true, but then I ask myself why is it true? Why is it happening? I think part of the challenge today is there's so much wrestling out there and so many hours of it.
[There are] seven hours in WWE in prime time every week - just out of WWE. Now throw AEW into the mix, and if you're a hardcore [fan], you've got Impact to watch and other smaller independents to watch. When you have that much content out there, it's inevitable that you're going to see so much of the same.
Whether its skill sets, presentation, move sets, finishes where everybody is doing everything. The over-saturation of the product has led to the delusion of the individual type of characteristics that wrestlers can enjoy, and have, and call their own because there's just so much of it out there it's bound to be repetitive" - Eric Bischoff explained.
"It's one of the challenges I have watching the product today," Bischoff said. "Diversity, I think, is such an important element of the product today that's hurting. And I don't mean race, religion, or other things, I mean diversity in characters, move sets, and finishes.
When you have those unique elements that people identify with individual wrestlers, consciously or subconsciously, the audience anticipates what's going to happen. When you don't have that, you don't have anticipation, you don't have anything to think about," Eric Bischoff added.
"You are now just watching the spectacle for the sake of the spectacle. You're watching the athleticism for the sake of the athleticism without necessarily the element of anticipation that should really be behind what you are watching."