A WWE Hall of Famer with firsthand experience on running a wrestling show is optimistic that AEW Collision will continue to do well.
Whether AEW Collision can be considered a success after only being on air for four weeks is up for debate. Its inaugural episode drew an impressive 832,000 viewers, but since then the numbers have been dropping. The following week’s episode drew 200,000 less viewers, and the third episode on July 1st drew an even more disappointing number with only 452,000 viewers.
However, despite these reducing numbers, it has been speculated that Warner Bros Discovery, the parent company that broadcasts the show, may care more about AEW Collision’s rankings relative to other shows on air at the same time than the actual number of households watching the show itself.
With this in mind, Eric Bischoff, himself a former TV executive and someone who knows exactly what goes into putting together a successful wrestling show, expressed confidence in AEW Collision on a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast.
“How do you keep that audience engaged? How do you make them want to stay with your product? Tell them how to watch the show, tell them what’s gonna be important coming up, and create that anticipation before you go into the body of your show.
They did that, they did that, and I was very, very excited to see that because it’s an indication to me that at least they’re thinking differently.
They know they’ve got three shows now, each one of them has to have their own personality. Collision, so far, what I watched, obviously, is limited, but production is excellent. First show, I won’t keep putting it over, I thought the pacing, the formatting, placement of certain elements of the show was about as good as it could be.
The thing I’m most excited about right now is their thinking. How do they make Collision feel different than Dynamite without making Dynamite less than?”
h/t Inside The Ropes for the transcription