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Eric Bischoff gives awesome advice on Mick Foley/Joey Ryan controversy

Eric Bischoff

When Mick Foley and Joey Ryan pulled off the “YouPorn Plex seen around the world” at an OTT Wrestling show on Saturday night plenty of people had opinions on the subject.

While there is actually a valid argument on each side of the fence in this one, Eric Bischoff recently revealed on an episode of MLW Radio how he felt about the spot. First off, he was glad to see Mick Foley had the ability to take a bump in the first place. But then he revealed a quote from a very famous person that he leans on in times like this.

“Like you, I enjoy the response to the crowd as much as I do what’s going on in the ring” Bischoff said to Rich Bocchini. “Somebody told me one time and I can’t remember who it was and I don’t even know if it’s true — but I’ve stuck to it. That Elvis Presley once said presumably ‘the most important part of a performance isn’t what’s happening on the stage it’s what’s happening in the audience.’ And whoever old me that, whether it’s true or not true or whether Elvis Presley said it or didn’t — to me that rings true. Especially in a professional wrestling event.”

“Because if the crowd energy is dead, people aren’t having fun if they haven’t thoroughly engaged in the product. Sometimes that means taking them on a roller coaster ride, sometimes that means comedy spots, sometimes that means stuff that doesn’t make any sense but damn they have fun watching it. But if you don’t set the audience into that performance you’re not gonna last long.”

So there you have it. In the supposed words of Elvis himself. As long as the crowd is into it, then it’s all good.

Credit for the quotes in this article goes to MLW Radio with Court Bauer & MSL with a H/T to for the transcription

  • Killswitch

    Look, there’s a difference between selling a fake punch and selling a fake “penis-plex.” That’s all I’m saying. But I hope you knew that.

  • MrDr3w

    Realism in “sports entertainment”… You must be new here…

  • jedi


  • Killswitch

    I think the greater issue here isn’t whether or not people enjoyed it, I think it fails to provide suspension of disbelief, much like Santino’s cobra move. Most finishers or wrestling moves are supposed to look like they’re actually effective. I know we live in a world where we watch and enjoy pro wrestling despite knowing it’s scripted, but at least there’s an effort to provide realism.