• “If you have to get yourself over with that kind of cheap heat, you’re not over” – Eric Bischoff On CM Punk Ripping Hulk Hogan
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff talked about CM Punk’s 1-year run in AEW, which included 2 World Title reigns (both of them ending due to injuries).
Bischoff claimed that Punk was living off the WWE momentum. Eric also didn’t like how Punk ripped on the legendary Hulk Hogan to get a cheat pop from the AEW fans.
Below is what he said:
“It is a train wreck. That’s all I know. I wasn’t a big fan of Punk to begin with. I think he was over-hyped. I think there was a great mystique. I don’t want to take that away from him, there was a tremendous mystique. When he dropped that pipe bomb, that was like rebelling against the man.
Everybody in America at one point in time deep down wishes that they could do what he did. That is what created that mystique, and that mystique lived, even though, you know, he showed up to the UFC a couple of times and got humiliated. It didn’t matter. He still had the mystique with the wrestling fans.
When he got to AEW, I was excited because I was interested to see how that would work. But if you go back and you listen to his opening promo, what did he do? He ripped Hulk Hogan. If you have to get yourself over with that kind of cheap heat, you’re not over. You don’t know how to get over.
He was living off the momentum that was created for him in the WWE. He was living off of the mystique. He had it in his hands. I think that the way he was produced, his creative, I didn’t find it compelling at all. He is out there wrestling nobodies.
I know it’s sometimes unfair, but go back and look at the ratings. Go back and look at the impact that CM Punk had on television ratings. It is the only thing that is black and white. He came out strong, and slowly week after week after week they continued to lose the audience.
The audience came, they saw, they left, and they didn’t come back. What does that tell you?”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 29, 1985) – WWF All American Wrestling
On this day in 1985, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF All American Wrestling’.
It included pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments and featured the 1985 WWF Superstars.
The card can be found right here:
Paul Orndorff vs. Joe Mirto
Update – Paul Orndorff
Magnificent Muraco vs. Gary Starr
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Ricky Steamboat
Wendi Richter vs. Spider Lady (MSG)
Piper’s Pit: Dr. Threwball
Killer Bees vs. Moondog Spot & Ted Grizzly – match joined in progress
Mean Gene Okerlund interviews Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik