While the reveal of AEW Collision has mostly been overshadowed by the CM Punk situation surrounding it, one noteworthy aspect of AEW’s new Saturday night show is its throwback presentation.
With a logo that looks strikingly similar to the WCW, the influence is very much clear to see.
Now, this may not be overly surprising given Tony Khan’s known affection for WCW, however a notable ex-WCW name has now shared his thoughts on the homage.
Eric Bischoff has weighed in on Collision’s look and admitted that he was in fact flattered by the tribute, however, it would ultimately prove a lot of his thoughts on Tony Khan’s company right.
Speaking on his Strictly Business podcast Bischoff explained:
“Allusion is a good word, (but) I say rip-off is a better one.
“The truth is (I) like it (it) put a smile on my face and I guess imitation is a sincere form of flattery.
“There’s not a creative strategy that would allow AEW to execute on the mission of being different than WWE.
“They may have more blood, (but) that’s about the only thing I can think of that really distinguishes in a meaningful way…
“You want to really evolve the product, whether it be in the format, how the show was shot, the way promos are treated, the way stories are told, (or) production values.
“All of those things have to fit together, but at the core of that there has to be a vision that says this is what’s going to make us stand out and this is why we’re different and I just don’t see it.”
Bischoff would then go on to say that if he had presented any of the content (storylines, promos etc) that AEW currently does back in WCW he would have been trashed for it.
The aforementioned situation involving CM Punk has seemingly forced Tony Khan to reconsider where the debut episode of Collision will take place, with the taping originally set for Chicago’s United Center.
To find out the latest on AEW’s potential backup plan for June 17, follow this link here.
Here are the results from the May 17 episode of AEW Dynamite:
Christian Cage and Luchasaurus attacked TNT Champion Wardlow with a ladder, setting up Cage vs Wardlow in a ladder match at Double Or Nothing
Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy def. Big Bill & Lee Moriarty
Sammy Guevara def. Exodus Prime
Karen Jarrett appeared and helped Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, Satnam Singh & Sonjay Dutt attack FTR
Toni Storm & Ruby Soho def. Hikaru Shida & Britt Baker
The 21-man Blackjack Battle Royal at Double Or Nothing for Orange Cassidy’s International Championship was announced
Tony Khan announced upcoming dates and locations for AEW Collision, but said the location of the premiere would be revealed next week
Roderick Strong def. Chris Jericho in a Falls Count Anywhere match thanks to help from Adam Cole
Jack Perry def. Rush
Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara ran out to help Perry when he was being attacked by Le Faccion Ingobernables
Jay White def. Ricky Starks via DQ when Starks used a steel chair that had been introduced by White’s partner Juice Robinson
Don Callis came to address turning on Kenny Omega, which turned into a big brawl between the Blackpool Combat Club and The Elite, including Adam Page returning and rejoining The Elite and setting up an Anarchy in the Arena match for Double Or Nothing
Transcript courtesy of WrestlingInc
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