Eric Bischoff talks about bringing WCW to Canada.
Throughout the company's thirteen year existence, World Championship Wrestling only visited Canada on a handful of occasions. Meanwhile in today's wrestling world, companies like WWE and AEW seemingly make a priority to visit the country multiple times per year.
In a new exclusive interview with Fightful, Bischoff noted that bringing WCW to Canada was really expensive and difficult to pull off.
"What was it like? It was freaking expensive. Doing business in Canada is really, really difficult. I think it’s great. I’m not being negative. But they have very strict immigration process and some of our talent had DUI’s—driving under the influence—and things like that on their record. They just couldn’t get into the country. So not only do you have talent that has some of that in their background, you’ve got production staff and people like that that had a hard time getting into the country. You had to deal with the Athletic Commission. It’s just very difficult. Canada makes it very difficult for producers other than Canadians producers to produce television in Canada. I understand it and I think it’s great, but when we want to do business in Canada, we have to pay the price."
WWE is set to host a premium live event in Canada in 2023, as the company currently plans to host the Elimination Chamber event in February 2023. This will mark the first time that WWE has held a premium live event in the country since August 2019, when they hosted SummerSlam from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Elsewhere in the interview, Eric Bischoff gave his opinion on WWE catering. To learn more, click here.