ROH Announcer & Former WWE Talent Shoots On Bischoff

Matt Boone

Former WWE announcer/current ROH internet pay-per view announcer and regular WrestleZone-exclusive contributor Kevin Kelly recently spoke to the Monday Night Mayhem radio show about his thoughts on Eric Bischoff’s recent comments on the promotion he current calls home, Ring Of Honor.

Kelly stated, “I don’t think there is one person who is a fan of Ring of Honor whose opinion about what they like is influenced by Eric Bischoff. Then again, I don’t think there is one person who has had their viewing habits, wrestling tastes, or anything changed or influenced by Eric Bischoff since 1999. So when he could do something relevant in this decade, then I will listen to him. As far as it being a “vanity project for marks” that doesn’t draw money, as I said earlier on, TNA & ROH house shows are about even as far as dollar figures, and I think their budget is a little higher than Ring of Honor’s. So considering that the biggest mark in the world named Dixie Carter is getting played & played again…please.”

On the subject of Jim Cornette’s response-blog directed at Eric Bischoff earlier this week, Kelly said, “Jim Cornette, I had a lot on my mind, and he stole a lot of my thunder, said much more eloquently than I did on Go there, read the response to what he thought about Eric Bischoff, and put everything in perspective.”

Wrapping up this specific topic during his live radio interview on Monday night, the voice of ROH internet-PPV offered the following wisdom. “‘Drawing money’ is a very loose term. The only guy who drew money in my opinion in the last ten years outside of the sphere of sports-entertainment is John Cena, and that includes everyone in TNA, and that includes everybody else in the WWE. So John Cena is a money jar, he’s a needle mover, and the rest of the people are following up. But it’s about buying the brand & about buying the show. One guy being a draw doesn’t happen, because the business of wrestling is not about creating stars in Eric Bischoff’s world: it’s about recycling old cash. Bring it back, try it again and do nothing new. Name me one new guy Eric Bischoff has created in the last ten years outside of Goldberg, who I have to give credit where credit is due was a rocket ship and drew money for a very short period of time, but he drew money. So other than that…what has he done? Nothing.”

Fans interested in listening to the full Kevin Kelly appearance on the Monday Night Mayhem radio show earlier this week, you can download the archived MP3 at

Those who still haven’t had their Kevin Kelly-fill for the day can follow his exclusive columns, on a regular basis, in the Editorial Section. The latest Kevin Kelly entry, as of this article, is entitled “Saving Wrestlers From Themselves”, and was published this past Wednesday, August 18.

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