WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff has shared his honest thoughts on AEW, calling the promotion Tony Khan’s well-funded hobby.
Bischoff has been vocal in the past regarding AEW and its aspirations to compete with WWE, and now on a recent appearance on Strictly Business, Bischoff would shoot on Khan’s wealthy background and how his wealth has allowed him an advantage over other smaller promotions such as MLW.
“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.
“That’s not a negative. It’s not a ‘do or die’ situation for Tony Khan. This is his passion.”
AEW’s success has been a topic of discussion lately, due in part to the staggering ticket sales thus far for the AEW All In show from London’s Wembley Stadium on August 27, as well as the reports of a new and improved deal with Warner Bros Discovery coinciding with the launch of AEW’s reported new Saturday show AEW Collision.
However, despite AEW’s strides forward, Bischoff believes that they are simply following capitalising on WWE’s success rather than building their own.
“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.”
The official unveiling of the AEW Collision program is expected to come on this week’s May 17 AEW Dynamite, with a major announcement from Tony Khan confirmed by the man himself on last week’s show (May 10).
Here are full results from the May 10 episode of AEW Dynamite:
Claudio Castagnoli def. Rey Fenix
Miro returned and walked into Tony Khan’s office
An MJF video package mentioned CM Punk – the first time Punk has been mentioned on AEW TV since All Out
Mark Briscoe announced as the special guest referee for FTR vs Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett at Double Or Nothing
Thunder Rosa returned and, like Miro, walked into Tony Khan’s office
Tony Khan says he has a huge announcement next week
Orange Cassidy def. Daniel Garcia to retain the AEW International Championship
Julia Hart def. Anna Jay in a No Holds Barred match
House of Black def. Best Friends & Bandido to retain the AEW World Trios Championship
Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega in a Steel Cage match after Don Callis turned on Omega and attacked him with a screwdriver
Transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc
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