Eric Bischoff Warns AEW It’s Making The Same Mistakes As WCW

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If anyone knows only too well about the failures made in WCW it’s Eric Bischoff and he has claimed that Tony Khan is making those same mistakes with AEW.

Another historic day in AEW’s history came on May 17th when the news was officially announced that a new Saturday night Collision show was being launched on TNT beginning on June 17th.

And like other big days in AEW, this news ended up being overshadowed by the latest controversy, this time surrounding the return of CM Punk. Punk was initially meant to be part of the return announcement before it emerged that he had been pulled as he was once again “at odds” with the company.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff noted that he believes the launch of Collision is proof that Tony Khan is making all the same mistakes that WCW once did under Bischoff’s watch:

“Tony Khan once said early on after the start of AEW, ‘I’m not gonna make the same mistakes WCW made. I’m not gonna go into the litany of mistakes that have been made and continue to be made by Tony that are significant, and many of them are similar to the mistakes that I made. He’s making the same ones.

“This is another one where, if I was Tony and I was looking at the long-term viability of my brand, I would do everything that I could to talk Turner out of creating a Saturday night show if indeed they’re pushing it on him. If Tony’s stepping up and wanting to do another show for any reason, then I question his judgment ’cause it clearly does not have the resources.

“What we’ve seen in the last couple of days with this, I can only refer to it as a clown car competition regarding CM Punk, and the litany of the mistakes, profound ones too, that have been made that has created this situation tells me that internally, just as a business operation, they still don’t know what they’re doing.”

Bischoff previously noted that it was good for AEW to have Warner Bros Discovery behind them for the launch of Collision but warned the company might have to dilute its resources to have two shows on the same level.

h/t Inside The Ropes