AEW has certainly come a long way since its inception back in 2019. This has the most to do with its overall change in tone as well as improvement in their in-ring product. Eric Bischoff lambasted Khan again recently.
As many people are aware by now, Tony Khan and Eric Bischoff do not necessarily have the best of relationships. The two had a falling out last year and it has truly spiralled out of control now.
The AEW All Out media scrum ended in complete and utter disaster after CM Punk went on a scathing rant on Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks, verbally ruining everyone mentioned and then some.
Punk was involved in a backstage brawl where he fought with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. As previously reported, AEW has suspended everyone involved in the brawl. More brawls took place right after this, involving Sammy Guevara.
While speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff was asked if there were any parallels to the backstage drama between AEW and WCW when he was running the company. He criticized Tony Khan for digging himself into a hole.
“In some ways, of course. You’ve got talent who can be emotional at times. That’s across the board. Some of the biggest names in the industry have been difficult to work with from time to time.”
“Sometimes the emotions can be heightened to the point where they become problematic. It’s happened in WWE, we saw Stone Cold Steve Austin walk out over creative differences. It certainly happened in WCW, I had my own issues with that.
Tony has really dug himself in as the end all, be all (of AEW). He’s the CEO, head of creative, whatever six titles he has. I don’t think he has delegated well. I think it would have served Tony much better early on, to set the stage and create the culture.”
If Tony not only would have surrounded himself but delegated and trusted some of the more senior people around him early on, I think he would’ve quite possibly avoided some of this drama.”
EC3 also feels that AEW has severe lack of leadership following the brawl at AEW All Out. We will have to wait and see how AEW will improve their backstage reputation.
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