AEW has signed up a lot of talent in recent memory, but is it really working? Eric Bischoff thinks AEW is signing too much talent. While he talked about the recent NXT departure of Johnny Gargano, the former WCW leader wondered if AEW’s strategy of signing tons of new talent is sustainable. He’s not sure what the company will do to find spots for everyone.
On the latest 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff said that while he likes AEW and wants it to succeed, he doesn’t see their audience growing. He doesn’t see a justification for bringing in new names on big money deals.
“For his sake, I hope that happens. You want people in this industry to stay employed and prosper and to be successful at whatever levels they are able to achieve. But what are you going to do with all that talent? ‘Let’s build the biggest roster in the history of wrestling?’ Is that the goal? Is that the end game? To be able to brag about how deep your talent roster is? If it is, I guess AEW is on its way to achieving that goal, but what do you do with that talent?
“You look at the shows and let’s be honest about it — I’m not being critical, I like AEW and I want AEW to prosper. But let’s be honest about where AEW is, they drew 872,000 viewers this past Wednesday night. That’s what they were doing a year ago. I’ve done shows with AEW that have done more than they did last Wednesday, and the talent roster is stacked with great talent, phenomenal talent but where’s the audience for it? It’s not working. 872,000 viewers on their A show?
That’s not exciting. The numbers are the numbers, and this is a number AEW was doing a year ago, two years ago. It’s weird, and now you’re going to stack even more talent on top of it? What are you going to do with them?”
Tony Khan recently left the door open for more surprise talent acquisitions by the company. Fans are expecting some sort of surprise tonight at AEW Dynamite: Winter is Coming. Last year’s event marked the AEW debut of Sting.
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