Eric Bischoff addressed the recent partnership of Impact Wrestling and AAA on his podcast “Bischoff On Wrestling” and says that the partnership doesn’t matter as both companies don’t make much money.
Here’s what he had to say:
(Transcript sourced from EWrestlingnews.com)
“I’m just having such a hard time unpacking the meaning or the relevance of that story. First of all, I love Lucha Underground, I watch it and I dig it as a television product. It gets no ratings. It’s making no money. It has no live event market. To my knowledge they don’t have any licensing or merchandising. It’s just content. It’s very expensive content and it’s cool as hell, don’t get me wrong. It’s cool content but there is no money in it. The fact that the athletes that portray the characters on a show that doesn’t make any money have the privilege of working on another show that doesn’t make any money and they can’t even be the characters that aren’t making money on another network… to me it just seems kind of irrelevant. It does’t matter.”
“Impact doesn’t make any money. They make zero money in television and licensing fees. They basically give their show away to Pop TV. It’s like an infomercial hoping that they are going to find another way to make revenue. They don’t have live events, they don’t have merchandising and they won’t be making any money from YouTube as of now. So, what the hell difference does it make? Why is this a headline? A bunch of guys from Mexico get the privilege of working for a company that doesn’t pay anybody any money for an opportunity to not make any money? Eh, good for everybody. I’m happy they’re all happy. It’s great headlines. Great perception. If you can make a living off creating cheap headlines that don’t really matter good for you. At the end of the day it’s a non-issue issue.”
Discussing the possibilities of who could show up in Impact Wrestling if an Invasion angle happened between Lucha Underground or AAA.
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During the latest edition of Sean Waltman’s 1,2,360 Podcast, he spoke about the new partnership between Impact Wrestling & AAA. Sean believes that AAA will ‘screw’ iMPACT! and Anthem.
See his quote below:
“I don’t know why anyone at Impact that dealt with AAA before thinks that AAA is any different now,” Waltman said. “That’s all I have to say about that. They’re [Impact] going to end up getting screwed… AAA is going to end up trying to screw them. I guarantee you. Guarantee it.”
Check out the latest episode here:
Impact Wrestling issued the following:
IMPACT Wrestling Announces Landmark Partnership with Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA
TORONTO | NASHVILLE – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that it has reached an agreement to establish a landmark alliance with Promociones Antonio Peña S.A. de C.V., the owner of Lucha Libre AAA, Mexico’s preeminent lucha libre organization founded in 1992.
The alliance will include a talent exchange between the organizations and other opportunities to collaborate with each other in their respective markets. The high-flying lucha libre style synonymous with AAA events was an early influencer of IMPACT Wrestling’s X-Division, which has produced some of the most memorable matches in professional wrestling history.
“In 2017 and beyond, IMPACT Wrestling will be working with more promotions around the world, which is best for the professional wrestling industry as a whole,” said Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer of IMPACT Wrestling. “This is an exciting time to collaborate, coinciding with AAA’s 25th anniversary and IMPACT Wrestling’s 15th anniversary. By building bridges with various partners globally, we can give fans a premier product featuring the best possible talent, which has always been a top priority. Looking to the future, IMPACT Wrestling will be unveiling more international partnerships in the coming weeks and months.”
“We are thrilled to forge this alliance with AAA, a company rooted in tradition, as we continue to grow our network of global partners, which also includes Japan’s Pro-Wrestling NOAH,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “This alliance is an important step in our international expansion strategy, bringing together the best performers around the globe as we take IMPACT Wrestling to the next level.”
“This is a very exciting announcement for AAA and it coincides with our 25th anniversary,” said Dorian Roldan, Executive VP of Enterprise Development for AAA. “My uncle Antonio Pena started working with Jeff Jarrett many years ago and my family look forward to carrying on this mutual cooperation into the future. The talent exchange will combine both massive fan bases with a rich professional lucha libre history.”
For more information, please visit http://www.impactwrestling.com/.
Based on reports, Impact Wrestling has developed a working relationship with AAA in Mexico. Impact Wrestling president Ed Nordholm went to twitter to announce the deal to the public.
Pentagon Jr announced via Facebook that he has officially left AAA and is a free agent at this time.
Here’s what he said:
“Hello to everyone because as you know today, I belong to the company aaa and I become a fully independent wrestler. And to clarify my new name is Penta 0 M!!!! and on the faction of dogs of evil we’re just awaiting the Acceptance of the person in charge of the mark if he wants to continue to belong to this faction or stays in aaa that I confirm After these days I’ll do a live to clear all your doubts while I know I count on your support at this stage of my career thanks!! Remember Penta 0 M”
See the post below:
Based on reports from AAA, Alberto Del Rio was suppose to attend a event yesterday, but missed it with no word as to why.
Today, Alberto Del Rio’s representative released a statement revealing that Del Rio fought off a criminal and received several lacerations on his arm and one on his head. Del Rio was not able to attend the event as he received medical treatment.
See the statement below & images of the cuts.
MOC wishes Del Rio a speedy and healthy recovery.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet
Based on reports ROH star “Moose” has received offers from TNA Wrestling, Ring of Honor and AAA/Lucha Underground. Moose’s contract with ROH recently expired.
Moose is reportedly contemplating the offers and plans to make a final decision by next week. WWE did show interest in him but backed off over a domestic violence arrest back in May of 2009 when he was with the New England Patriots where he was supsended from the NFL. WWE is being “very strict” regarding the background checks on new talents
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Rey Mysterio is reportedly returning to AAA as the financial issues between both sides have been resolved. According to reports, there are still two dates left on Mysterio’s original contract. He is expected to work those two dates and possibly more.
As of this writing, there is no word on if he’ll be signing a new contract and working additional dates. AAA wants to keep the relationship with Mysterio because a bunch of top talents have left the company in recent months. The promotion would like to use Mystero in a similar way to the way WWE uses Brock Lesnar as far as schedules are concerned.
Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
According to sources, Sexy Star is gone from AAA due to several contract issues. She was reportedly unhappy with her pay as well.
There are some reports out of Mexico that she’s been training for a pro boxing match. Star was told in the past that in order to retain her status with Lucha Underground, she would need to sign an exclusive AAA contract as well. That is something she didn’t want to do.
Star did work several matches at last weekend’s Lucha Underground tapings so we’ll have to see where things go from here.