Tony Khan has been running AEW to ensure that both profits are made and fans stay entertained. Despite such a tremendous job that has led to AEW Rampage emerging as the more watched show than SmackDown in the 18-49 demographic, many are speaking against Khan.
Booker T recently gave his critique saying AEW should focus on shows like Grand Slam. While that was a positive take on AEW’s trajectory, Eric Bischoff told Tony Khan to “shut up“ and not compare AEW with WWE in terms of competition. However, Khan has a response for Bischoff.
Khan told Busted Open Radio that while he didn’t expect Bischoff’s comments like that, he said that being quiet is the last thing the president of a company should do. He also pointed out that AEW didn’t aggressively enter someone else’s time slot and created a competitive situation. AEW did emerge victorious in this unexpected event, which is why they’re interpreting the angle as competitive, said Khan.
I really like Eric and I was kind of surprised by Eric’s comments, because they were coming from Eric Bischoff. I think Eric Bischoff is probably the last person anyone would expect to say that a President of a wrestling company should be quiet. But when it comes to head-to-head competition, we were in one this past week. It was only 30 minutes and I didn’t ask for it. We were in our time slot, and somebody came into our time slot aggressively. And it wasn’t the first time they’ve made a pretty aggressive move like that. We generally responded pretty well and are very successful. This is the first time on a Friday we’ve gone head to head like that.
Khan said that he had to consider the move by WWE as an aggressive one. While they loaded their match-ups using some of their biggest superstars, Khan chose to stuck with the match-ups that were decided for the show. That worked like a charm for AEW, and he added that he was rather amused by Eric’s comments.
I thought it was pretty aggressive what they came in with, they loaded it up with the biggest stars they had. And I had to make a choice; do I change up the card we have? You have CM Punk, who’s one of the biggest names in all of wrestling, and he’s wrestling Matt Sydal, who’s a great high flyer and great technical wrestler and very respected, but not the biggest box office name in all of wrestling. That’s a great match for the fans. I had to think ‘do I change that to a crazy box office match to try and go head to head?’ And no I didn’t. I stuck with the matches we had because I believe in our wrestlers. Even if it wasn’t the dream or stacked matches. I was amused by Eric’s comments. I like Eric when we’re together, but this is the ultimate example, I think, of glass houses in some ways, knowing how Eric conducted himself as the President of WCW.
Tony Khan was recently approached by another crossover feud from IMPACT wrestling. He announced a college football themed AEW countdown show to Dynamite. Booker T criticized Khan by saying that he sounded like a little girl while doing the AEW rant.
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