Eric Bischoff Discusses ICW’s Library Moving To The WWE Network; Says WWE, ‘Doesn’t Play Well With Others’

Nick Hausman

The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released this past Wednesday!

You can find some of Eric’s comments regarding ICW moving their video library to the WWE Network transcribed below.

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EB: I was a little bit surprised. It certainly caught my eye for a couple of reasons. I think the biggest thing that attracted my attention is that WWE notoriously doesn’t acknowledge or support anything that they don’t own or control. That’s just the nature of the beast and how they have been successful in their approach to business. They don’t play well with others. They’ll play well with you if they own you or control you but if you are truly independent of them then you are not going to get a lot of love. At least not for long. The fact that they made that move is still very interesting to me.

Related: Eric Bischoff Comments On Cornette’s Fight Challenge To Russo; Claims He Made Russo Cry Backstage In TNA

This week’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling features Eric and Nick talking about a wide variety of pro wrestling news headlines from the past week. Including:

  • The Sports Business Journal’s report that the median age of pro wrestling fans is 54
  • Why WWE caters to children while their audience is getting older
  • ICW moving their video library from FITE to the WWE Network
  • What WWE’s plan may be in working with independent promotions like ICW and EVOLVE
  • The rumored backstage WWE pitch to make John Cena a “free agent” on RAW and Smackdown
  • Bray Wyatt’s divorce
  • Dennis Rodman’s current trip to North Korea
  • Jesse Ventura bringing his show The World According To Jesse to the RT Network
  • Kurt Angle’s rumored bout with Triple H
  • More…

Eric also takes some time at the end of the show to answer a slew of fan questions. Some of the topics that Eric addresses in the #BischoffOnWrestling mailbag are:

  • The last video game he played
  • What was cut out of his recent Table For 3 appearance
  • Whether Vince Russo will ever be allowed on Bischoff on Wrestling
  • Why the TNA announce team didn’t change when Eric and Hulk joined TNA
  • How he would fix TNA today if given the chance
  • What Braun’s return to WWE may look like
  • Who was responsible for the name WCW Nitro
  • The Great American Bash 2000 and all the gimmick matches that were on it
  • Vince refusing to turn Roman Reigns heel
  • What his involvement was in Matrats
  • How wrestlers can get “real heat” today
  • Whether he ever got into actual fights with fans during his WCW run
  • More…

You can find a special Bischoff on Wrestling Overrun on featuring Eric chatting with former WWE Superstars Shawn Daivari and Ken Anderson. Some of the topics they discuss include:

  • Why Shawn and Ken have decided to open their Academy for pro wrestling in Minneapolis
  • How Ken has adapted to the midwest as opposed to the east coast
  • Eric and Ken’s experiences working together and elk hunting
  • The response the Minneapolis area has had to their Academy
  • Minneapolis not having a big name talent break out
  • How they prefer to train their students
  • Catering their curriculum to what the students want to achieve
  • Using improv comedy as a tool to help pro wrestlers in their training
  • Putting importance on storytelling over just “dives” and “spots”
  • How they help wrestling students develop promo skills
  • Variety being important in independent pro wrestling shows
  • What Ken got in trouble for in WWE
  • Shawn’s fondest memories of his time in WWE
  • More…

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