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. It seems he recently gave Tony Khan advice on how to improve AEW’s product.
Eric Bischoff recently criticized Tony Khan for taking multiple shots at WWE over the past few weeks. Bischoff told Tony Khan to stay quiet and focus on his own product.
This prompted a response from the AEW President himself as Tony Khan fired back at Eric Bischoff for telling him to be quiet. On top of that, Tony Khan also accused Eric Bischoff of trying to stir up controversy with his remarks.
Tony Khan recently revealed that he was over the moon after AEW Rampage beat Friday Night Smackdown in head to head ratings. Despite this, AEW Rampage has been dwindling ratings over the past few weeks, which has been a cause for concern for many fans.
While speaking on his podcast 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff talked about what Tony Khan needs to do in order to improve AEW Rampage. Bischoff said that Khan needs to build more storylines and focus on episodic television, as it is simply not feasible to have surprises on taped shows every week.
“You need to build episodic TV. Just because backstage you’re calling whatever it is you’re involved in a storyline, doesn’t mean it’s structured as such. It doesn’t mean it’s building anticipation, not the way that it could or should. That’s what it’s going to take. That’s the one thing within Tony’s control on a Friday night. You can’t constantly create surprises because it’s a taped show. It’s in a horrible time slot. It just is what it is.
The only thing that’s in Tony’s control is to capitalize on the episodic nature of what makes wrestling work. Wrestling has always worked best when it was extremely episodic, and it was extremely episodic because the stories were well constructed and structured. They built in a predictable manner that allowed you to build and promote your show. That’s what episodic TV does. But when you’re just putting up really cool matches each and every week for a really cool match sake, that’s not episodic TV, and you’re not building your audience as a result
Despite AEW Dynamite’s success, AEW Rampage continues to fall in ratings for the most part. Tony Khan previously defended the low ratings, but the company must do something to help the show in the long run. We will have to wait and see if Tony Khan will heed Eric Bischoff’s advice or not.
h/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the quotes.
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