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Eric Bischoff: “I think it’s a mistake for AEW to put CM Punk on a pedestal”

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Former WCW President and Executive Director of WWE SmackDown Eric Bischoff recently discussed why he feels that AEW has lowered the value of CM Punk.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Easy E described exactly why he feels that All Elite is doing the wrong thing with the former WWE Champion in how they’re presenting him.

‘[There’s] No story” Bischoff began. “You had all this anticipation. ’˜Punk is coming. Bryan Danielson is coming. This guy’s coming. This girl’s coming. This is going to be great.’ They came, they saw, and nothing really happened.

“They got a big pop, yay!. The crowd reacted. That was awesome. The crowd reacted. They sold a bunch of T-Shirts, even better” Bischoff continued.

“Now what? There’s no, ’˜Now what?’ It’s not episodic. That’s the example, ’˜Yay, I’m going to tune in.’ How many people tuned into Rampage when Punk showed up, 1.3 (million)? How many showed up three weeks later?  500,000” Bischoff recalled.

“Why’s that? Because you didn’t give them a reason to come back. That’s why’ the former WCW President concluded.

Bischoff does kind of have a point here, although AEW has already planted the seeds for a CM Punk vs Eddie Kingston storyline, which looks extremely intriguing.

CM Punk in AEW

AEW Dynamite is on every Wednesday night on TNT and FITE; fans in the UK can sign up to watch the show via AEW+ on FITE.

AEW Rampage is on every Friday night on TNT and FITE, fans in the UK can sign up to watch the show via AEW+ on FITE.

All Elite Wrestling also hosts four PPV events per year, available via traditional PPV routes in the United States and again on FITE TV elsewhere. The PPVs are named Double or NothingFull GearAll Out and Revolution.

AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation are available to watch every Monday and Tuesday night on AEW’s official YouTube channel.

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