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.
Since its inception in 2019, AEW has done its best to give a product that is a proper alternative to WWE. The company also has its fair share of legends including the likes of Arn Anderson, Jake Roberts and Sting.
While speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about what he likes more about AEW than WWE. Bischoff stated that AEW uses and treats legends much better than WWE.
I think that Tony Khan and AEW and the team have done a fantastic job with Sting. Sting wasn’t an example of what I would be concerned about, Sting is only going to add value and create awareness for guys like Darby Allin and others and bring that credibility. The way that AEW is using legends, I think is a much better way than WWE uses legends. WWE uses legends to embarrass with an exception of a couple like Undertaker and a handful of others. Everybody else is kind of like you’re there to be humiliated, degraded in a way. That’s one of the reasons I think Big Show left WWE.
The difference between AEW and the way they use legends and WWE is night and day and I’m very grateful to AEW for the way they use legends. Not only because some of them I know and I’ve had the opportunity to be on the show and they’ve always treated me well on TV, but people don’t realize that guys like Sting and Big Show, they bring that 18-49 year old demo in. As they make room for the Andrade’s of the world and the Christians of the world and whoever else comes in from WWE, by default there are people that are not going to get that primetime. There will be on YouTube [for AEW Dark] and that has value, but it’s not the same. You’re not building a career on YouTube, you’re building a career on television.”
AEW will continue to utilise their legends in meaningful ways and that is likely to be the norm for a very long time.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.