Since its inception in 2019, AEW has strived to provide a proper alternative product to WWE. For the most part they have succeeded but there are still many areas of improvement.
While speaking on the 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about AEW’s product, namely their stars.
Bischoff stated that apart from a handful of stars such as Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, the characters in AEW all feel the same. He added that AEW needs characters that can appeal to a bigger audience in order for getting growth.
“In my humble opinion, AEW does need to balance with different types of storytelling and characters that have a bigger feel because right now, other than a handful of people, they kind of all feel the sam. Some are way better than others, some are spectacular, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, but for the most part, they all kind of feel the same.
“I think for wrestling to continue to grow and to grow the audience beyond what it currently is, you need to find those characters that appeal to a different affinity for the project. I’m not saying they all need to be like WWE characters, but there needs to be a good balance.”
That is certainly valid criticism as many fans feel that a lot of AEW stars simply lack a personality to set them apart from the rest. We will have to see if AEW will improve this aspect.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.