Former WCW President Eric Bischoff knows a thing or two about a wrestling war and says WWE taking on AEW is “not really a war yet.”
Bischoff led World Championship Wrestling during the most successful spell of that company’s history as they dominated the Monday Night Wars against the WWF. Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com], the man who also worked as an Executive Director for WWE explained why he doesn’t see the competition between AEW and WWE as a war, not yet anyway.
Eric Bischoff explained why AEW Dynamite going up against NXT wasn’t a fair metric to measure any competition between the two by and says if you did that then you should be comparing the numbers between AEW Rampage and SmackDown on FOX on a Friday night:
“It was the very best lineup on AEWs roster against the developmental squad [of WWE]. Not really competition, folks. That’s not the same thing, but everybody wants there to be, and I do too. I’m one of you, but all of us want there to be that Monday Night War vibe. We want that as fans because it was fun and history has taught us that it actually raises the tide and everybody’s boat floats higher when it happens, so we want that. But it’s not really a war yet.”
“AEW on a Friday Night is at a very big disadvantage in terms of comparing it to apples to apples, but let’s just go back to the comparison that everybody likes to make. It’s okay when people who write about ratings and talk about 18-49 like it’s the end all be all and it’s not, it’s one component and an important one but it’s not, trust me when it comes to revenue.”
“Since people like Bryan Alvarez were so excited comparing AEW the A-team vs. NXT the C-team, let’s then do the same thing [on Friday nights]. If that’s how we’re going to contextualize this battle, what about the fact that SmackDown delivered the week before, more viewers in the demo than AEW had for total viewers? People two years old and above, that’s kind of a big deal but nobody talked about that. Nobody wants to make that kind of comparison because, well, that doesn’t look good.”