Tony Khan recently cut an interview with the Financial Times where he said that he learned what not to do by watching WCW. He is a student of pro wrestling history.
Eric Bischoff brought up Khan’s comments on After 83 Weeks. Suffice it to say, Easy E didn’t like hearing that very much at all. He saw it as an “interesting thing to say.” He followed that by taking a few shots of his own.
“That’s an interesting thing for Mr. Khan to say. He’s been in the professional wrestling business for, what time is it? It’s about a cup of coffee, I think. I think [his] coffee could still be warm at this point. So far he’s spent from what I’ve heard, I don’t know if it’s accurate or not, I want to make sure I say that, somewhere between thirty and fifty million dollars to prove that he could be competitive with WWE’s developmental territory.”
“Call me in a couple years and tell me what you’ve done that’s really unique,” Bischoff said. “Call me in a couple years and let me know how you’ve changed the industry. Call me in a couple years when your show is one of the top, if not the top original piece of programming on the TNT network. Call me in a couple years when you’re number two, number three, number four in all of cable programming for the night in primetime, and then let’s talk about it. But until then, hmm, I’ll just another cup of coffee and see what happens.”
We have no idea how AEW will turn out at this point. We do know how WCW ended and Tony Khan certainly doesn’t want to be in the position where WWE owns his video library in a decade.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote