Former WCW President and Raw GM Eric Bischoff has had a history of brash statements that occasionally ignore logic and reality, and he decided to add to that reputation again this week, by stating during his podcast that he didn’t want to see Sasha Banks vs Charlotte in a Hell in a Cell match, for reasons that seem hard to define. Perhaps you can break the code:
“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.”
Yes, who can forget the classic Mark Henry-Randy Orton Hell In A Cell match from 2011. Oh wait, you did, because it was one of many Hell in the Cell matches that was a completely forgettable, boring match that didn’t live up to the gimmick, and some of you are just trusting us that we didn’t make it up (don’t worry, we didn’t). While there are Hell in a Cell matches that were excellent matches, or at least brutal hardcore brawls, in recent years, basically since it was turned into a theme PPV where matches took place in the Cell whether they warranted it or not, and after the product moved in a more family-friendly direction, that has not always been the case. In fact, since Sasha and Charlotte are two of the best female wrestlers to appear in WWE in years, they actually have a decent shot to raise the bar for quality Hell in a Cell matches by participating.
Of course, both of them do happen to be women, and that’s where Bischoff does something we’re going to call “transferring the blame”. See, he even says he’s not against the match because they’re women, but “the audience” could be, because they’re the horrible knuckledraggers who wouldn’t want to see women wrestle in Hell in a Cell, not him. He’s only worried about what “the audience” may or may not enjoy. He’s just raising the issue, you see. Asking the questions that come from an unpopular perspective because people need to know the other side of things. If you’ve been on the Internet, you may have heard this practice by another name: “concern trolling”. It’s a despicable practice that people hide behind because they know what they’re saying is wrong, but they also want to see what happens when they shout “fire” in a crowded movie theater.
The bottom line is, if Eric Bischoff really knew what “the audience” wanted, perhaps he’d still have his job as President of WCW. We’re just saying.