AEW’s growth is well-documented, as fans would agree the company has improved in several ways. In fact, it has come to such a point that even former detractors have become fans of the product. While AEW continues to grow, it appears Eric Bischoff compared the company to a hot dog stand and dismissed AEW as WWE’s competition.

AEW President Tony Khan is very passionate about pro wrestling and that is without question. This has been more apart this year, as the company has managed to break records thanks to AEW All In having a record 81,000k fans in attendance at Wembley.

For many fans, AEW has become proper competition to WWE, even if AEW is nowhere near as big a company. While speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff completely dismissed AEW as WWE’s competition and compared AEW to a hot dog stand, while stating that WWE is a Ruth Chris Steakhouse.

“The pattern has they came, they saw and only half are coming back or more, and that’s not good. Look at the AEW house show numbers. The live ticket sales are not impressive and getting less impressive by the week. That to me is not competition for WWE. They’re just in the same business.


That’s all. It would be like me opening up a hot dog stand down the street from a Ruth Chris Steakhouse and like me saying I’m competing with Ruth Chris. Not really, ha but hey if it makes you feel better then say it. If it helps you sell a couple more hot dogs to the people that want to buy hot dogs. Go for it but it’s not real.”

Tony Khan will continue to believe that AEW will be proper competition to WWE and perhaps he will be right one day. After AEW All In, that argument is certainly gaining more steam.

What’s your view on what Eric Bischoff said? Do you believe AEW is proper competition to WWE? Let us know in the comments!

Transcription by Ringside News

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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