Eric Bischoff on ECW: “Nobody cared, nobody cared”

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During a recent edition of 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff covered the 2010 TNA Hard Justice pay-per-view, where the ECW originals were featured on the show. Throughout the podcast, Bischoff delved into ECW in the ’90s and how he viewed them as an overrated business. Bischoff also said that if you look at the numbers they’ve never been a big deal and more after the fact compared to bigger promotions.”There is this mystique about [ECW] this is far greater than any level of success they have ever achieved as a television property, ”Bischoff said. You can hate me for saying it. I know for the people who attended this ECW meeting on TNA, it was the most exciting time of their lives. The first time in their life they were on TV, and they had a blast doing it. But if you look at the numbers, ECW was a pimple on an a ** hamster.

“That’s what ECW was, it was a small, small town wrestling company, and the people who were there, it was an important place for them. The most important parts of their career. Many of them have gone on to do bigger things and have had tremendous success. because they were able to give up the name they made for themselves in this little town called ECW. I understand why everyone thinks it was one of the biggest things that happened in a few years, but if you go back and look at the numbers it wouldn’t have and couldn’t have survived. on a larger platform. ”

Bischoff went on to talk about how Heyman would do things he could have been sued for on a larger scale, but since the company was not seen by anyone, he was able to get away with it.

“Paul Heyman, famous, he would use unlicensed music on his show,” Bischoff said. “He would find a song he liked and he would use it for the entry music. Why? Because no one was watching the fucking thing. He was not going to be sued. Nobody cared, nobody cared. ”

Dixie Carter said during a July 27 Impact promotion leading up to the establishment of Hard Justice PPV that “ECW in the 90s is what [Hulk] Hogan was in the 80s. ”Bischoff recounted how much of a slap in the face for Hogan, and how out of touch Carter was with the wrestling world.

“Give Dixie credit, she was doing her best to get that pay-per-view. However, his best was insufficient and it was stupid, ”Bischoff said. “To try and compare ECW and its impact on professional wrestling to Hulk Hogan in the 1980s?” Jesus woman, I don’t even know how that thought could have formed in her head and entered her mouth, but it does.

“When you are prone to over-promising and, therefore, constantly under-delivering, raising expectations to a level that no one can realistically meet and constantly disappointing your audience as a result, that’s what happens.” past. For Dixie, making a statement like that, you’ve undermined the credibility of the event you’re trying to promote by making such an outrageous statement that anyone with a thought in their head would understand that it doesn’t make sense. ”

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