Eric Bischoff Says Corey Graves Move To Smackdown Live ‘Further Dilutes’ WWE’s Attempt At A Brand Split

Nick Hausman

The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released, for free, just now!

You can find a portion of Eric’s lengthy comments transcribed below.

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On Corey Graves  doing commentary for RAW and Smackdown:

EB: What I see as a negative is that as they continue to try and establish the fact that they are two separate brands… now you are going to have a color commentary guy on both shows? That’s a head scratcher for me. I don’t think they’ve ever really had a clear concept strategically or tactically about how to create two brands and differentiate them other than splitting the roster and having different colored ropes. For the most part that has been the extent of it. Like I’ve said, I like Corey Graves as an announcer and as a person but I think this only further dilutes whatever attempt they have made of delineating those two brands.

Eric Bischoff Says WWE Has Been, ‘Missing The Mark w/ 205 Live Since They Launched It’; Talks Enzo’s Move

On this week’s Bischoff on Wrestling Eric and Nick start off by discussing some of the past week’s top pro wrestling news stories. Including:

  • Ric Flair’s first post-health scare recovery promo
  • WWE’s decision to hold a live RAW on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • JBL’s departure from the Smackdown commentary table
  • Corey Graves doing commentary for both RAW and Smackdown
  • WWE board members allegedly upset with Vince for not firing JBL
  • Sexy Star vacating the Triple A Reina de Reinas Championhip
  • Roman Reigns’ “Gray Area Guy” moniker
  • WWE launching a new recap series in on Fox Sports Mexico
  • Big Show’s amazing match with Braun Strowman on RAW
  • Enzo mentioning Eric’s book on RAW

This episode also features the latest “This Week In Bischoff History” segment. In it Eric takes a look back at the September 1, 1999 Nitro segment where the NWO parodied the Four Horsemen.

Nick wraps up the show by asking Eric a variety of questions from the #BischoffOnWrestling mailbag. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Rules about wrestlers doing other wrestler’s finishing moves in WCW
  • Why WWE doesn’t allow wrestlers to have sponsors
  • Hulk Hogan’s back surgery almost haulting his TNA heel turn
  • NXT’s affect on the independent pro wrestling scene
  • What his last meal would be if he was on death row
  • If WWE should do Lesnar vs Jones
  • If Eric underestimated Mick Foley’s popularity
  • The benefits of working with musical artists for PPV theme music

Related: Eric Bischoff On Why Brock Lesnar Pinning Roman Reigns At SummerSlam ‘Doesn’t Matter’

Eric has officially launched his IRW Network premium channel for only $2.99/month!

This week’s BoW Overrun features Eric starting in an an in-depth discussion about the second chapter of his book Controversy Creates Cash. Including his time working in sales for AWA, his relationship with Verne Gagne, the rumors around his time in AWA, how he became the AWA backstage interviewer and commentator, advice he was given for commentary, more…

Eric and Nick will continue discussing Chapter 2 next week on the BoW Overrun for subscribers.

If you’d like subscribe to Eric’s IRW channel and get access to the BoW Overrun as well as more exclusive Bischoff content click HERE.

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