• CM Punk Calls Eric Bischoff “Carny Dipsh*t”, Bischoff Mocks Punk’s Failed UFC Career & AEW Viewership Going Down
After making his debut in All Elite Wrestling, CM Punk addressed the viewership of AEW Dynamite and claimed that casual pro-wrestling fans don’t exist anymore.
Former WCW President Eric Bischoff doesn’t agree with that statement and said the following on Strictly Business:
“How do you define the casual fan? I don’t know if there’s one definition and everybody will have their own definition.
I’ve always considered casual fans within the context of research as people who drop in once or twice a month and always have. They still like it, if there’s nothing going on if they have some time and they don’t have anything else they’re really interested in doing at that moment.
They might almost habitually check out wrestling. They probably don’t go to live events or go to one or two pay-per-views a year, but they still have an affinity for the product and will tune in occasionally. That’s a casual fan to me but I’m sure for other people they might have a different definition of that.
The casual fan is still out there. If you build it, honest to god as corny as it sounds, if you build it, your audience will show up. They will, that lapsed fan is another term I’ve heard in a lot of research that I did.
‘I used to watch wrestling but I don’t watch that sh*t anymore.’ Sometimes it’s just life, your job, your kids, whatever. If anybody’s going to try to convince me that you can’t find that audience again, they shouldn’t be in the wrestling business.
All due respect to CM Punk, CM Punk never spent 5 minutes in the television business. He knows a lot about what’s going on in the wrestling ring, he knows a lot about building a character, more than I ever will in terms of executing it.
But to make the casual statement that ‘I think the lapsed fan is gone and I don’t think they’re ever going to come back,’ what the f**k are you doing in the television business then dude? It makes no sense to me, I don’t believe it’s true.”
This led to Punk tweeting the following:
“Wrestling twitter needs to stop amplifying all the old head bad faith bad take carny dipsh*ts. They had their moment in the sun. Let them die in the dark with their ego podcasts. Quote me.”
A fan then replied:
“You talking to yourself holmes?”
Punk then replied with a GIF that says:
“Oh! I get it.”
— player/coach (@CMPunk) May 10, 2022
Bischoff then talked about what Punk said after making his AEW debut and the performance of AEW shows since then.
Below is what he tweeted:
“Ok: ‘So, I’m not Hogan or Savage. Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole, they’re not The Outsiders, I see the parallels, but this is totally different. I’ll go ahead and say it and people can quote me and they’ll be p*ssed off about it, but to me, this is bigger.’
How’s that working out?
Let’s look at what Punk has delivered since debuting at AEW: August Rampage: 1.1mm viewers. Now? Lucky to hit 500k. Dynamite? 1.17mm. Now? Lucky to break 900k. Pretty lame for a guy who thinks he’s a bigger deal than Scott Hall/Kevin Nash, Randy Savage.”
Let’s look at what Punk has delivered since debuting at AEW: August Rampage: 1.1mm viewers. Now? Lucky to hit 500k. Dynamite? 1.17mm. Now? Lucky to break 900k. Pretty lame for a guy who thinks he’s a bigger deal than Scott Hall/Kevin Nash, Randy Savage. https://t.co/vPNmk0q6ao pic.twitter.com/LbxsGk4rEr
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) May 10, 2022
A fan then tweeted:
“You DO realize that ‘Controversy Creates Cash’ only applies once you have the job, right? Right now you’re burning bridges with people who respected and brought you in on occasion for what?”
“I have no problem burning bridges. I know how to swim.”
Another fan tweeted in support of Bischoff:
“The dude is a clown. Peaked about 10 years ago. Now works the minors. Don’t sweat him EB.”
“I don’t. This is fun.”
A fan then posted a photo of Punk’s first UFC loss. Bischoff then tweeted:
“He convinced himself since he could win scripted fights, he could win a real one.”
He convinced himself since he could win scripted fights, he could win a real one. https://t.co/HP0vpu6muZ
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) May 10, 2022
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 11, 1998) – WWF RAW IS WAR
On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 22: Over the Edge’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Vader vs. Barry Windham
2. Skull vs. Road Warrior Hawk
3. Faarooq vs. Jeff Jarrett
4. Kaientai vs. Terry Funk & Too Cold Scorpio
5. Stone Cold Steve Austin & Vince McMahon vs. The Nation of Domination