Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the professional wrestling business with decades of experience. So he certainly has a good idea about the business.
He talked about the current state of professional wrestling on his 83 Weeks podcast. According to him, there has not been a true star in the business after John Cena. He said that there is a difference between getting over and having ”fun.”
There hasn’t been a character pop, pop big time for a long time, since John Cena in 2002. When was the last time anybody got over, and when I say get over, I don’t mean get a friggin’ pop and having people chant your name, and having 20 or 30 people waiting for you outside where they know your car is parked so they can get your picture taken and post it on social media, that’s not over, that’s fun. There is a difference between being over and having fun. Having people recognize you at the arena and want your autograph and all of that, that’s fun, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re over.
To Bischoff, a wrestler who is really “over” is able to outperform everyone else in the company and headline major events for years. He said no wrestler after Cena has been able to achieve this.
When you’re over, it’s when you move the friggin’ needle. When you’re over, it’s when your t-shirts, your merchandise, starts selling at the events far and above anybody else’s. When you’re over and you happen to be on television, it’s when your segments, or the times you are on television, consistently outperform most of the other talent on the card. That’s when you’re getting over. When you’re over and you can headline a PPV four or five times a year, six times a year, for the course of four, five, six, seven years, that’s when you’re over. And we have not seen that since 2002. It’s been 18 friggin’ years, folks, since we had anybody that was a legitimate star.
A lot of fans might agree with Bischoff that WWE has struggled to create a true star despite Vince McMahon’s efforts. We wonder who will be a true bonafide star in the business eventually.