Whilst the news had been an open secret since the details of the taping was leaked last week, it was still an incredible sight to see Eric Bishcoff, one of the most influential figures in modern wrestling, make his AEW debut on last night’s edition of Dynamite.
This was the former WCW President and on-screen character’s first appearance on the TNT station since his last appearance on WCW Monday Nitro almost 20 years ago.
His appearance came as the moderator in the hilariously over the top ‘Super Wednesday Debate’ between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy and came almost exactly a year after his last TV wrestling appearance at Raw Reunion in July 2019.
Bischoff has been a free agent since his short stint as the real-life executive president of WWE Smackdown. That role ran from July last year until he was released from his duties in October.
Since then, Bischoff has been fairly outspoken with his less than positive views on AEW. Similarly, AEW president Tony Khan has been less than complementary about Bischoff’s WCW accomplishments in public.
However, the tension between the two thawed last month when Khan was an invited guest in a (presumably) paid for spot on Bischoff’s ’83 Weeks’ podcast to promote AEW Fight For The Fallen.
There is no word yet on whether Bischoff will be a regular contributor to AEW but judging by his performance last night, we hope so.
The debate itself was an absolutely wonderful piece of television. Jericho was his typical braggadocios self. Cassidy by contrast kept his customary silence until it came to give an overly complex and in-depth response to a question Bischoff put to him about rising sea levels. This bit, while clearly stolen from Jericho’s director friend Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob character, was a huge home run.
Jericho and Cassidy meet in a rematch on next week’s Dynamite with the slightly underwhelming stipulation that if Jericho wins, Orange Cassidy has to pay $7000 to replace the suit that was ruined when he dumped orange juice on Jericho last week.