Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the pro wrestling business and is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds to have ever worked in it. He is well aware of the changing landscape of pro wrestling as well.
AEW Dynamite made its debut in October 2019 and since then has strived to provide an alternate product to what fans see in WWE. For the most part, it has succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
One of the most common complaints from fans when it comes to AEW is them hiring several former WWE Superstars. While speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about the issues that will arise with AEW continuing to sign former WWE talents. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that the younger talents in AEW won’t get enough focus or television time.
“Even with Andrade, Christian, and then Punk and Bryan comes in, there’s only so much television time, folks. Even if [Punk and Bryan] don’t wind up there, there’s still a lot of ex-WWE talent that are very valuable that are going to be taking up TV time from other younger, less experienced talent. That’s where the rift starts.
When you bring in all that top talent who’s had all that television time on the biggest platform in the world and obviously have a big fanbase, all of a sudden, that young aspirational talent people were getting so excited about, they’re not gonna get the focus because there’s only so much television time. Internally, and this is not gonna happen tomorrow, next week, or next month, but over time, a lot of that talent people were excited about that – and this is the important part – differentiated AEW from WWE and delivered on the promise of being an alternative, all of a sudden doesn’t feel like an alternative anymore
With AEW’s latest acquisitions being the likes of Andrade El Idolo and Malakai Black, it is unlikely the company will stop hiring former WWE Superstars anytime soon.