During a recent edition of the After 83 Weeks post-show, Eric Bischoff said he doesn't think NXT is as good as TNA was at the promotion's peak. When TNA was it's peak is ultimately up for debate, but Bischoff believes the company's most successful period was during the Aces & Eights storyline from June 2012 until December 2013.
"I don't think NXT is as good as TNA was when TNA was as it's peak," the former President of World Championship Wrestling said. "Now, at its peak is subjective. Some people liked TNA when it started because it was new, and I get that. There's value in that. There's a valuation you can apply to that fact. A lot of people liked it because it did feel different in the very beginning. Some people like that smaller presentation. More than anything, everybody loves a competitor because you get your hopes up and you start getting interested in some new, fresh characters that you haven't seen before.
"But if you go back and look at TNA in terms of its peak across the boards. Not for a moment in time, but for an extended period of time across the boards in terms of television ratings, pay-per-view buys and house show attendance, and that's gonna be that period of time that I was describing to you earlier, right around the Aces & Eights peak storyline period with Brooke and Bully and all of that when they were putting 2500-3500, 5000 people in a venue. Yes, they did, and they actually paid for it.
"I don't know that NXT is doing anything better than TNA was when TNA was its peak… I would be pretty sure if I was a betting man that I would bet that there are a lot more resources being pumped into NXT than there ever were being pumped into TNA."