Eric Bischoff Claims AEW Needs “Real Storylines”

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff has once again hit out at the booking of AEW, now claiming that the company need to start adding “real storylines” to their show if they are to progress.

AEW President Tony Khan and Eric Bischoff have not been shy of publicly trading shots at each other over the last couple of months, with the former WCW President recently claiming that Khan books his shows “like a 14-year-old”.

Bischoff’s latest criticism of Khan also centred around his booking of All Elite Wrestling. Speaking on his ’83 Weeks’ podcast, Bischoff blasted AEW for not incorporating “real storylines” into their television shows:

“You need real storylines, Tony, not what the AEW audience accepts for a storyline, which is really nothing more than an excuse to have a match. That’s not a storyline. There’s no emotion in that; there’s nothing episodic in that.”

Bischoff continued:

“I can’t watch an entire episode of AEW, I will drop in because I’m hopeful, I want to see something I haven’t seen before. I want some indication that something really cool is going to happen, but everything that I see tells me that these are not stories drafted or created or executed by people that really know a lot about storytelling. These are indie-based wrestling angles and I just don’t think that will work.”

Bischoff went on to offer some advice to Tony Khan and urged him to hire an experienced writer to help him book storylines:

“If I were Tony Khan right now, especially with the resources he has, I would find a way to bring somebody in, a Brian Gewirtz type. Somebody that really understands the structure and importance of a great story and can bring out the best of talent with a great story and bring out the most emotion from the audience with a great story. That’s what Tony needs.”

Bischoff ended with a plea to Tony Khan to take his advice and find someone who can help him with creative:

“Please Tony, if this gets to you in any way shape, or form, I know Brian Gewirtz isn’t available, but there are people like Brian out there. Rather than hiring the next shiny object that falls off the WWE tree and creating a huge surprise and getting everybody all excited only to put them on the shelf and not see them again for six months, rather than doing that, find your Brian Gewirtz because they’re out there.”

AEW’s next pay-per-view event, All Out, takes place this Sunday and will feature Jon Moxley defending his AEW World Championship against CM Punk in Chicago, Illinois.

H/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.