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Eric Bischoff On AEW – “They’re Competing Against The ‘C’ Game”

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff has discussed wrestling’s new ‘Wednesday Night Wars,’ and has offered some advice to All Elite Wrestling.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, the former Executive Director of WWE SmackDown explained why he feels AEW needs to be wary of flaunting their success.

Bischoff said:

“Be careful of trying to create a false sense of success. Be careful about trying to brag and create this false sense of superiority for AEW and lose sight of the fact that they’re really not competing with the A game. They’re competing against the C game for WWE.

“If you acknowledge that and embrace that underdog vibe that AEW has because everybody wants to see the underdog win. That’s what made the Monday Night Wars fun, that competition. But in the position AEW’s in now, the biggest advantage they have is the disadvantage they have. Embrace the disadvantage, embrace the underdog status.”

AEW has had success with their Wednesday night Dynamite programme beating NXT in the ratings most weeks since Dynamite’s debut in October 2019. Bischoff feels that AEW needs to be more humble to their approach in these victories, as he explains:

“Rather than banging that drum and bragging about it, be humble about it. Maintain that underdog status and you’ll find that you’ll be able to grow your audience which is something AEW is going to need to do to be successful long term. Grow that audience year after year after year so that at some point you do become a viable competitor on a level playing field with either RAW or SmackDown.”

Eric Bischoff was WCW President for much of the Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW in the late nineties. He was in charge when WCW would beat WWE for 83 straight weeks in the Monday night ratings. Bischoff has made appearances in AEW; he moderated the debate between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy. He would later return to ask MJF and Jericho questions during their ‘town hall’ meeting.

Credit: 83 Weeks

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription