Eric Bischoff Reveals Who He Thinks Could Be The Next Wrestler To Transcend The Business
It takes a lot to transcend professional wrestling to break into the mainstream. It doesn’t just take popularity among the fans, but the willingness for Hollywood to use you and involve you in projects. Wrestlers like John Cena and Dwayne Johnson have found mainstream success crossing over to Hollywood, but if you believe Eric Bischoff, the next crossover star is in All Elite Wrestling.
Bischoff was a guest on the It’s Our House podcast, where he was asked who he thought would be the next wrestler to transcend the business, and he surprisingly answered All Elite Wrestling’s EVP Cody Rhodes. He thinks that The American Nightmare has the potential to reach similar heights to John Cena.
“You guys put me on the spot here. I’m gonna give you an answer. But just know that there’s a lot of people that I hold in such high regard and have so much respect for and I think are so valuable as performers and human beings. I’m gonna offend those people, I apologise. But, if, if I was in Las Vegas and I had one $100 bill, and I was forced to place a bet on one person – I put it on Cody Rhodes. Okay. I think when you talk about somebody who has the potential to transcend the business, that means to become a bigger star, or at least a star outside of the wrestling business as inside of the wrestling business. That’s how John Cena became a big star because everywhere you looked, including WWE, but outside of WWE, you would see John Cena. He became that. WWE was preaching outside of the choir. And they connected with people that they weren’t connected with just on the wrestling show by using John Cena because he had that potential and ability to transcend the business in that regard. I think Cody Rhodes has the same potential.”
Rhodes has taken several projects outside AEW, including Stephen Amell’s upcoming project Heels, many appearances on Amell’s former show Arrow, and Rhodes is still highlighted as a judge on TBS’s Go Big Show. While he has yet to find a leading man role in Hollywood, Bischoff believes he has the ability to do just that.
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