A recent remark from Tony Khan led to Dave Meltzer being reminded of a failed wrestling promotion making similar statements.
Going into the Tuesday night WWE NXT-AEW Dynamite showdown, AEW’s CEO & GM Tony Khan wasn’t shy about saying or tweeting just about anything.
While quote tweeting a story about how WWE’s Triple H & Shawn Michaels expected a great show at NXT, Tony Khan tweeted an image calling them (or maybe just Triple H) a “bald a**hole.” It’s an image that was shown on the HBO comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David as the “bald a**hole” in that instance.
On a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that Khan’s comments reminded him of things that World Championship Wrestling used to do toward WWE.
“You know what it felt like? And it was a scary thing, because (of) the memories of what happened next – it reminded me of when Eric Bischoff… WCW was still doing really good at this point, but when they started losing, you could see that everybody was just losing it on the WCW side.”
“They were ahead for a year-and-a-half and they probably thought they were gonna be ahead forever, and forever didn’t last. And Steve Austin got hot, and things changed.”
“And when WWE started winning on Monday night, which was hardly the end of the world because WCW was still drawing very well and their TV ratings were still very good, but they were losing most weeks – not even every week, but most weeks. And they just unraveled, and the TV just got really sh**ty.”
“And I just remember watching the TV when they did the stuff where Eric Bischoff started challenging Vince McMahon to a fight, and the TV was like, so bad, and it was just like, my god, they’ve completely lost it.”
“Now the one thing I’ll say is, the AEW television tonight was hardly bad – it was very, very good. So we haven’t seen that yet, But that was a sign, when things like that happen, and WCW just went to hell after that. And hopefully that does not happen with AEW.”
WWE NXT defeats Tony Khan’s AEW Dynamite in head-to-head ratings
There were a lot of people wondering who would win the ratings battle between Tuesday’s WWE NXT broadcast headlined by Carmelo Hayes beating Bron Breakker along with appearances from John Cena, The Undertaker and Cody Rhodes among others. They went up against a special Tuesday edition of AEW Dynamite headlined by Adam Copeland beating Luchasaurus in the main event.
The news was very good for WWE with an audience of of 921,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 year old demographic. Meanwhile, AEW Dynamite drew a total average viewership of 609,000 viewers and a 0.26 rating in the key demographic, which meant that NXT was the big winner in the Tuesday night ratings battle.