Eric Bischoff defends controversial decision to book in Saudi Arabia


Controversy makes money, and the two had a lot in common when Goldberg defeated Bray Wyatt in Saudi Arabia. in the latest episode of “Strictly Business” Eric Bischoff discussed the use of part-time stars in wrestling, and his former employee, Goldberg, has become a modern incarnation of the term. Goldberg ended The Fiend’s winning streak at WWE Super ShowDown in 2020, and while many were upset by the result, Bischoff boiled it down to an undeniable aspect that has been a part of the business since the beginning.

“I can give you about 39.999,000 million reasons why this was a good idea,” Bischoff said. “It was all business. $40 million, and I know what wrestling fans are thinking, ‘Oh my god, it’s all about the money.’ Yes. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s all about the money.”

Bischoff paints a picture of Vince McMahon, which may or may not be accurate, who seeks to protect the Fiend character, but is being prompted by the wishes of the Saudi Arabian government to impress Goldberg, who played the show. financed. All WWE shows in Saudi Arabia focus on the talent of previous generations.

“You’re going to give the customer what the customer wants for $40 million bucks,” Bischoff declared. “You’re the chairman of the board of a publicly held company. Do you have to answer to your shareholders because you turned down 40 f*cking million dollars because you didn’t want a character to be lost? $40 million dollars! This one There’s a class-action lawsuit, you gotta do what you gotta do!”

Bischoff also offered another reason why a seemingly invincible character like Fiend Haar should be fine in the grand scheme of things.

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“If a character is strong, and Bray was there, then that loss doesn’t matter,” he said. “A strong character can take damage. Now granted, that character is a pretty unique character. It had to be handled in a very unique way, but it could have been done.”

In Bischoff’s view, no wrestler or character deserves to forfeit Saudi salaries.

“Let’s assume that the loss to Bill Goldberg completely stymied Bray Wyatt for debate in Saudi,” he said. “Wall of bricks. Boom. Bump. Does it cost you more than $40 million dollars?”

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