Eric Bischoff Talks WWE Talent Cuts On "83 Weeks" Podcast

Eric Bischoff Predicts Which Released WWE Superstars Will End Up In AEW Soon

Eric Bischoff recently made some predictions regarding which WWE Superstars that were part of the massive talent cuts earlier this month will end up in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in the near future.

On a recent installment of his “83 Weeks” podcast, former WCW Executive Vice President and recently released WWE executive Eric Bischoff spoke about the recent massive WWE talent and employee cuts, who he feels might end up in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights of comments made about the topic during the episode by Eric Bischoff.

On WWE’s recent massive talent and employee releases: “I felt bad for everybody involved. I felt bad for the fans, I certainly felt bad for the talent, I felt bad for WWE as a company because I know that had to be an extremely difficult decision. Not just because so many of the talent that was released had been with WWE for a long time, they were obviously valuable or they wouldn’t have been there in the first place. When you developed a 5, 10, 15 year relationship or so with talent and then because of circumstances that have nothing to do with the talent themselves or the business in general, to have to make such a big cut across the board, they all had to take that hit.”

On it being hard for the recently released WWE talents to find work in the current COVID-19 landscape: “It hits me a little differently. From my perspective, so many of these incredibly talented people have spent so long developing their craft and learning the business and sacrificing so much to get into the WWE and at least for the immediate future, everything they’ve done is put on hold. It’s not easy, you have a family, you’ve got responsibilities financially. These people don’t have the ability necessarily to pick up and take their skill sets down the road to another company that easily, there’s only so much AEW could absorb in terms of talent.

“I know what it’s like to sit at home and fear the unknown and wonder what you’re going to do with your life. It’s overwhelming at first, but in a matter of days or weeks you start realizing that when the mental and emotional fog is clearing, there’s still opportunities out there. But man, that first couple weeks, month, month and a half are really challenging and I’ve been there more than once. I just feel bad for them, so many great talents.”

On recently released talents, particularly Rusev and Erick Rowan, possibly ending up in AEW: “It’s hard to say. Let’s be honest about it, there’s really only one other place to go which is AEW. I have no idea what the philosophy or strategy is inside AEW in terms of developing new talent or acquiring new talent, so I don’t know what their needs are or what they’re looking for. You look at a guy like Rusev who of the group, Erick Rowan could fall into this category as well, guys that had been used prominently in WWE most recently. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best talent available, but let’s face it, their equity is higher based on the fact that they’ve been visible on the biggest platform in the world most recently.

“By default, if I was betting, if I was in Las Vegas, I would probably put most of my money on guys who we’ve seen a lot of in the WWE in the last 6 months or a year. I’d be less inclined on certain people we haven’t seen a lot of who were let go. Those guys who have been on TV recently, involved in angles and story lines recently, will probably be the first to get opportunities. All of them will be, if not, looking forward to reinventing their characters will have to do so whether they want too or not to avoid litigation in the future.”

On the entertainment business being a fickle one: “I think most of the talent that was let go has been around long enough to know that this stuff happens, it’s the entertainment business. It’s not like you’re working for the post office or the federal government for god sake. The entertainment business can be fickle, you’re only as good as your last performance, your career is subject to the whims and fancies of an audience whose appetite can change. Most of the guys and ladies are probably a little used to this but it’s still a shock.”

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