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Eric Bischoff Talks Dolph Ziggler’s Title Win, Hell In A Cell with Sasha Banks and Charlotte

Former WCW President and WWE Monday Night RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff has released another episode of his podcast¬†“Bischoff on Wrestling”. You can check out some highlights here:

On Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Title:

“I think it’s great. I’ve said it before, I’ve said it enough times on this show, and I don’t want to sound ridiculous about it, but I think he’s probably one of the most underrated, um, I don’t wanna say underutilized because that implies that I know something on backstage that I don’t. I just love watching him. I think he’s a phenomenal character, a phenomenal athlete, he’s got a quick wit, he’s obviously very charasmatic. I’ve watched him on, you know, news, he’s relevant, he’s just [a] bright guy. So, I’m happy for him, and I’d love to see more of him.”

On the upcoming HIAC match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks:

“I don’t like it at all. I don’t like it. The standard for Hell in a Cell is pretty high. It physically is what it is. It’s a hardcore match. It’s an extreme match. It’s all of the above and then some. I’ve talked before about expectations and managing expectations with the audience. Sometimes you can do such a great job building something up that you forgot to remember that you also have to deliver. I am not taking anything away from either of those athletes that happen to be women. I am suggesting that the audience may not necessarily want to see that type of entertainment and that type of match out of that type of an athlete. That’s just my opinion.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)


  • D2K

    Lita was sort of an extreme wrestler herself taking many high-risks and abusing her body a lot. So if she was in a HITC I would feel a “little” more comfortable? However I just have a bad feeling about this with two girls that have exactly been the most technically sound at times and somewhat injury-prone.

    I know one thing. From a marketing standpoint this is genius because EVERYBODY is gonna be watching sixths to see what happens.

  • D2K

    Have these two even been in a “regular” steel cage before? If they have I missed it.

  • Dubs

    I think it will be interesting to see.
    I do not expect it to be as hardcore as a male match with lots of blood faces mashed on the cage etc.
    How they will use the cage will be interesting, I hope more than just a couple of whips into it as they need to do something to validate having the match in there and avoid complaints it could have been a straight in ring match.

  • wwemrpeeps85

    How sexiest

  • CC

    I do kinda get where Bisch is coming from though. Maybe he is wrong about fans not wanting to see the match, but what he is basically saying is its incredibly risky to do it.
    Women have traditionally been protected from the harder style (that’s why they go through the ropes and not over them in battle royals), so if they go into the cell and do a very protective match, then it kinda hurts the womens division. They don’t have to do crazy stuff like Foley, but it needs to be pretty hardcore for this to really go over with fans. It will get compared to mens previous cell matches for sure, so if it ends up protected, it will just reinforce many peoples opinions that womens matches are too soft. They need a Lita level of “extreme” to not make this fail.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I agree, but also, disagree. I really don’t think this is something that the WWE is taking lightly, with all the injuries lately. I feel that both the women and the WWE are taking this on a very serious level and I’m sure have really got this match mapped out. It is also possible, in any match for wrestlers to botch, especially with this generation. Also with the current, PG era, I really don’t think any of the HIAC on the card, are really going to be that violent or extreme as they were back in the day. But time will tell and I guess we shall see how it goes.

  • Armitage Soulshroude

    Agreed!

  • D2K

    HITC is dangerous enough for men. Putting women in there is ultra dangerous. Plus you add in that these two have botched more than their fair share of high-spots. If this were a six-pack HITC match such as the 2000 Armageddon PPV I’d be more comfortable because there is enough action to be dispersed around without the audience feeling cheated. If you remember, most of that match took place outside of the Cell.

    Putting those two in such a match alone DEMANDS high-risk offense for the audience not to feel like the Cell is a waste of time. I sincerely hope neither gets hurt, but this is a bad idea.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I strongly, disagree. I think its something special and has never been done before. I think its really going to create a buzz and i believe, with as talented as Sasha and Charlotte are, that they know what kind of match needs to be created. At this point and how the women’s division, is still growing, were all ready for this.