WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff is a true veteran of professional wrestling and is well aware of how the industry has changed over the past couple of decades. Being a veteran, most fans see value in his opinion about any pro wrestling topic. Bischoff has largely been critical of AEW for a while now and it appears he went after AEW once again.
Last year, the WWE Hall Of Famer even called AEW a ‘vanity project.’ In fact, Easy E even repeatedly criticized AEW for having poorly crafted storylines and having matches for the sake of it.
AEW President Tony Khan is certainly passionate about pro wrestling and is more like a fan than an actual President according to many. It is a known fact that Khan’s father Shahid Khan has paid millions of dollars for the company.
The belief is that AEW and Warner Bros. Discovery are expected to announce a new deal around the time of Warner Upfronts. This new deal will also likely give a lot of money to Tony Khan’s company.
While speaking on Strictly Business with Eric Bischoff, the WWE Hall of Famer talked about AEW’s current status in the industry. Bischoff called AEW Tony Khan’s ‘hobby’ and added that AEW contributes nothing to the industry, unlike WWE.
Tony Khan had one unique advantage that MLW doesn’t have, or anybody else — he had a hundred million dollars. He’s got an unlimited budget. He’s not accountable. It’s a really, really, really well-funded hobby. And that’s not a negative. […] It’s not a “do or die” situation for Tony Khan. This is his passion
AEW isn’t contributing. AEW is taking advantage of the success of a WWE, for example. It is because there is this company called WWE that is worth nine billion dollars that makes executives in the industry go, ‘Hm, we might be able to be worth nine billion dollars, but we could be worth a lot because the market is here.’ WWE has established a worldwide market for this product, more than anybody else. If WWE would have been in the tank four years ago, and would have been flatlining and not selling out arenas, and just stumbling through pay-per-views, do you think Turner would have jumped on AEW? I don’t.”
Eric Bischoff also stated that AEW isn’t even a fraction of what WCW was. Regardless, we will have to wait and see whether the company will actually end up making a mark in the industry, especially after AEW All In’s inevitable success.
What’s your take on what Eric Bischoff said? Do you think AEW contributes nothing to pro wrestling? Sound off in the comments!