Despite having previously appeared for the company, Eric Bischoff hasn’t shied away from criticising AEW, this time taking aim at the promotion’s ratings.
In recent weeks, Eric Bischoff has been involved in a spat with AEW CEO Tony Khan. Stemming from Bischoff’s issues with certain aspects of Khan’s booking methods such as announcing marquee matches with no build, Tony Khan fought back against the WWE Hall of Famer, acknowledging that this was a common aspect of WCW.
At that point, Eric Bischoff was heavily involved with the behind-the-scenes developments of World Championship Wrestling. Working his way through the company’s ranks from a C-show announcer to Senior Vice President to, ultimately, WCW President, ‘Easy E’ was pivotal to the company’s success throughout the mid-to-late nineties.
He’s arguably one of the most qualified wrestling personalities to be calling out another wrestling executive on their booking. Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff claimed that AEW was “flat”, using the Tony Khan-helmed promotion’s recent ratings to back up his claims:
“I never said, ever, because I don’t believe it…that every match should have a story. But your main event, your top three or four matches and your main event, better have [a story]. And that is my comment – that those stories are not compelling, and I think ratings back me up. AEW is flat. All you have to do is take a look at AEW’s record for the last, whatever, six months, eight months. It’s flat.”
Eric Bischoff has made a number of appearances for All Elite Wrestling, beginning in August 2020 when he hosted a debate between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy.