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Eric Bischoff Believes Casual Fans Still Exist, Comments on CM Punk Saying They Don’t

May 9, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Eric Bischoff AEW Dynamite 10-28-20 Image Credit: AEW

Eric Bischoff disagrees with the notion that the casual wrestling fan doesn’t exist anymore and shared his thoughts on CM Punk saying they don’t. Bischoff weighed in on the topic on a recently episode of his AdFreeShows podcast Strictly Business, and you can see some highlights below (courtesy of Wrestling Inc):

On “casual fans”: “How do you define the casual fan? I don’t know if there’s one definition and everybody will have their own definition. I’ve always considered casual fans within the context of research as people who drop in once or twice a month and always have. They still like it, if there’s nothing going on if they have some time and they don’t have anything else they’re really interested in doing at that moment. They might almost habitually check out wrestling. They probably don’t go to live events or go to one or two pay-per-views a year, but they still have an affinity for the product and will tune in occasionally. That’s a casual fan to me but I’m sure for other people they might have a different definition of that.”

On CM Punk saying that the “casual fan” doesn’t exist anymore: “The casual fan is still out there. If you build it, honest to god as corny as it sounds, if you build it, your audience will show up. They will, that lapsed fan is another term I’ve heard in a lot of research that I did. ‘I used to watch wrestling but I don’t watch that s**t anymore.’ Sometimes it’s just life, your job, your kids, whatever. If anybody’s going to try to convince me that you can’t find that audience again, they shouldn’t be in the wrestling business.

“All due respect to CM Punk, CM Punk never spent five minutes in the television business. He knows a lot about what’s going on in the wrestling ring, he knows a lot about building a character, more than I ever will in terms of executing it. But to make the casual statement that ‘I think the lapsed fan is gone and I don’t think they’re ever going to come back,’ what the f**k are you doing in the television business then dude? It makes no sense to me, I don’t believe it’s true.”

On people saying the same thing in early WCW: “I heard the same thing going back to pre-Nitro. All I heard was ‘Wrestling’s dead, I know it used to be really really popular but if you look at the ratings it’s going down and down every week and it’s not as popular as it used to be, it’s a dying format.’ I heard executives in Turner trying to convince me of that and it wasn’t true and I wouldn’t allow it to be true and I wouldn’t allow them to say it out loud if I had any control over it. They’re out there, it’s your job as producers and entertainers to get them talking about you again.”

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CM Punk, Eric Bischoff, Jeremy Thomas