Former WCW Executive Vice President, Eric Bischoff, has stated that All Elite Wrestling have been flatlining for the last year and half when it comes to growing their brand.
Though victorious in what man prefer to call the Wednesday Night Wars – a term coined from the Monday Night Wars between Raw and Nitro in the late nineties – over their NXT competition on a regular basis, AEW have been doing roughly the same numbers on a weekly basis without a move upwards.
Taking to his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff compared the company to TNA in 2011 and the similar predicament they found themselves in when failing to draw more than 15,000 buys even after doing steady television numbers. Also on the agenda was what many consider a braggadocios attitude over the ratings by Chris Jericho in weeks and months past:
“I think it’s going to come back to bite him in the ass is what I think. AEW last week they did about 800,000 viewers, they opened the door with 1.5 million viewers and haven’t been able to crack 1 million since or if they have it’s been only on 1 or 2 occasions. They’ve essentially flatlined at 7 or 800,000 viewers on average for the last year and a half.
That’s an observation that could, unless something turns around in the next 18 months, come back to haunt someone like Chris [Jericho]. Quite frankly, AEW has flatlined and it’s been that way essentially for a year. It’s easy to talk about a business you’re not really in. Chris has never run a wrestling business and when he made that statement, he was making it from a position of a talent not an executive.”
What All Elite Wrestling must do now to improve on the already impressive numbers and finally crack one million viewers on a regular basis remains a mystery, but with the promotion so popular among professional wrestling fans, 2021 will likely be the year they achieve such a goal.
Credit for the interview: 83 Weeks Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.