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Eric Bischoff On AEW – “Not Even A Distant Number 2 To Where WCW Was In 1996”

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Eric Bischoff has launched another verbal volley in the direction of Tony Khan and AEW saying the upstart company isn’t close to the success WCW achieved in the 90s.

The former WCW President has not held back on his thoughts regarding AEW and Tony Khan’s attempts to fan the flames of war with WWE in recent weeks.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast [available early and ad-free at] Eric Bischoff explained why he took issue with Khan’s assertion that AEW is at the level WCW was at in 1996:

“Tony said: ‘We’re at WCW 1996 level. We’re at that stage.’ No, you’re not. You’re not even close dude. You’re not even a distant number 2 to where we were at in 1996 because in 1996, in every measurable way that a human being can realistically measure something, not spin something, but measure something, WCW Nitro was defeating WWE in a real head to head competition.”

“Not a fragmented half hour when they were on Fox Sports 1 that hardly anybody watches and they were are on TNT.”

Eric Bischoff continued by espousing the view that AEW had many advantages when it came into being that WCW never had the fortune of:

“AEW came into existence at a point in time when the audience was craving an alternative. They had a clean slate. They didn’t bring any negative baggage to the dance like WCW did when we launched Nitro.”

“Nobody thought it would ever happen. On top of that, WCW had a very negative association with the audience. It was a mismanaged disaster of a company that was number 2 at the time, but they might as well have been number 152 to WWE.”

“AEW didn’t have that issue. AEW came in with a massive amount of public support and goodwill. WCW didn’t have that. We had to fight up from out of the sewage to finally reach dry ground, and then try to find the mountain, and then climb the mountain. AEW didn’t have to do that. All they had to do was say, ‘We’re coming out and we’re doing this’ hire a couple of key pieces of talent, and they’re off and running.”

“They had all this goodwill. What happens when you start putting yourself over, in my opinion prematurely, in the way they’re doing it, by constantly denigrating and comparing to WWE, is you start losing that goodwill because people see through it.”

Eric Bischoff was also critical of how CM Punk has been used since the former WWE Champion came to AEW, claiming that Punk had “sh*t the bed.”

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