Eric Bischoff Talks Leaving SmackDown, His Views on WWE And AEW

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Throughout his career, Eric Bischoff has been an icon in the world of wrestling, and has always found himself in the headlines. Recently, he sat down with Digital Spy to discuss a handful of topics, including his recent stint with the WWE, his departure from SmackDown Live, and his views on All Elite Wrestling.

You can check out the highlights below:

On what caused his departure from SmackDown:

You know, I don’t want to get into it too much, I think, dare to say that WWE is an amazingly successful company, and they have their own processes, and their own way of doing things, and managing Creative, and I just don’t think I fit into that environment.

On what he sees as positives and negatives in the WWE product:

Well, I mean, there’s a lot of positives. The fact that they’re on Fox Network is one very big positive. There’s a tremendous depth of talent on the roster, and I think probably more amazing than even the WWE talent on the roster is the depth of talent on the business side of WWE, as well as the production side.

I’ve often talked about how impressed I’ve always been, really, with WWE production, but even since I was there last in 2007, I think the capabilities and the talent on the production side of things for WWE, it’s just, saying ‘world class’ doesn’t give them enough credit.

On his views on All Elite Wrestling:

They’re obviously extremely successful. I think that they’ve probably outperformed almost everybody’s expectations, in terms of the success on television. Clearly there’s success on the live event side of the business, and they’ve created a [big] buzz. They’ve got a great foundation of support that they’ve built up from social media and YouTube, and all the work that they’ve all been doing on the independent scene.

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