• “AEW needs to take away some WWE real estate” – WCW Legend
WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff recently appeared on Foundation Radio, where he talked about the 1995-2001 ‘Monday Night War’ between Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling.
Eric himself was the man who in 1995 convinced Turner to go head-to-head with the WWF on Monday Nights, which led to the birth of WCW Monday Nitro.
During the interview, the former WCW President also talked about Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling and what they have to do to become competitive with WWE.
Here’s what Bischoff said:
“I know that everybody wants to talk about what was the Wednesday Night Wars, and comparing AEW to WWE, and here’s what has to happen for that to be viable, the AEW/WWE approach, AEW’s gotta go head-to-head.
There’s gotta be a fight. There has to be a battle. Going back to storytelling, what are the stakes?
In a case where you’re laying down an AEW vs. WWE match, Champion vs. Champion, okay that sounds really cool if you’re a cosplay wrestling journalist and a fan of those people. But it only works if there’s stakes. And the only stakes that matter are who turns out the biggest audience.
That’s a fight that people will get behind. That’s a fight that people want to be a part of. That’s what happened during the Monday Night Wars. Why the Monday Night Wars worked? Because it was real, and because people were invested.
They were invested in the characters, they were invested in the fight between the two companies.
That actually was more important to them, whether they knew it or not, from a storytelling perspective, the battle between WCW and WWF was a more interesting story than the battle between the two people in the ring.
That’s why it worked.
So until AEW gets to the point where they’re delivering a similar-sized audience and start trying to take some real estate, it’s not a war.
If you want a war, you gotta have a freaking war. You can’t just, you gotta do it.
AEW needs to take away some WWE real estate. And when that starts happening, people will believe the war. And then they’ll be invested.
But otherwise it’s just cosplay.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 14, 1989) – WWF Wrestling Challenge
On this day in 1989, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
It was broadcasted from the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
– Greg The Hammer Valentine & The Honky Tonk Man vs. Demolition
– Bret Hart vs. Dave Wagner
– The Barbarian vs. Kim Yates
– The Bushwhackers vs. The Invader & Scrub
– Hercules vs. Randy Spears
– Rick Martel vs. Jim Evans