Tony Khan has been getting very confident lately. AEW did a show in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York city, while WWE does SmackDown shows at Madison Square Garden. It’s clear that he considers WWE and AEW competitors especially after many former WWE superstars transitioned to AEW.
Eric Bischoff has some points he’d like Khan to know. Taking to 83 Weeks, Bischoff was completely straightforward about how he thinks Khan and McMahon still have a lot of differences to make up for. Bischoff said that Khan should simply shut up until he’s at a level to truly be considered a competition by WWE.
If Tony were to call me and ask for any advice, here’s what it would be — shut up and wrestle dude. Just put out the best product you can and you’ve proven you can, focus on that. This is weird coming from me right? The guy that challenged Vince McMahon, the guy that gave away all of the finishes…but here’s the difference, I was actually competing with them. I was going head-to-head, real head-to-head, my show started the same time his show started every week.
Bischoff made these comments regarding Khan having spoken about competing with WWE after they announced an extended ad-free SmackDown show. While he considered the show a response to AEW Rampage, Khan also recently stated that he thinks AEW right now is what WCW in 1996 was. Even though he considers his company not repeating the mistakes of the former, Bischoff said that he’s disappointed at Khan’s rhetoric.
That’s real competition, so I’m a little disappointed in the rhetoric I’m hearing out of Tony as well as some of the talent man. Shut the f**k up until you’re actually competing and you’re actually competing favorably. And by the way Tony, in 1996, I was kicking WWE’s a** every week in a real head-to-head competition, not a cosplay competition.
The comments that Bischoff made were not completely fair though, considering AEW has already beaten NXT consistently for many weeks. Tony Khan has been very open about his appreciation for WWE, so competition between the two companies is only natural. However, AEW Rampage did lose to WWE SmackDown in viewership, so Bischoff is right on some grounds.
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