Eric Bischoff is full of praise for Collision, calling it fresh and “significant improvement” on all other AEW programming.
On 17th June, Collison debuted and began with the return of CM Punk, who had not been seen in AEW since being stripped of the World Championship last September. Punk used the platform to play up to his Chicago hometown crowd with a promo, before appearing later in the main event.
But it was the overall look, style, and sound that saw Eric Bischoff shower AEW with praise, as the show looked very different from the company’s other shows including Dynamite.
Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuiness were announced as the commentary team, offering viewers new voices, whilst the new logo paid homage to WCW Nitro.
Tony Khan shared on social media his delight at securing Elton John’s famous song “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” as Collision’s opening theme.
Eric Bischoff has been vocal about his feelings on both AEW’s programming, and the decision to bring CM Punk back, even gambling to shave his hair if Punk showed up on Collision.
But during a bonus episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, the former WCW boss Eric Bischoff admitted he was impressed by AEW’s new Saturday night show and also the commentary team.
“I thought it was the freshest, most significant improvement in any one element of an overall production than anything I’ve seen in probably 10 years.
“It was that good, and this is their first time out. I know, they both respectively have had plenty of experience doing this, but together on this show live. New show, pressure, live, first time really working together, I think.
AEW Collison secured over 800,000 viewers for its debut, and the company will be hoping to secure similar numbers as they head through the summer.
Ahead of tonight’s Forbidden Door event, AEW Collison’s second episode took place in Toronto. CM Punk continued to team up with FTR, but on this occasion, they were joined by Ricky Starks for an 8-Man Tag Team match.
H/t to Inside The Ropes