Eric Bischoff has read the riot act to AEW President Tony Khan saying that until AEW is competing week in week out head to head with WWE he needs to “shut the f*ck up.”
Tony Khan has been particularly bullish in recent weeks in his comments regarding WWE and turned the volume up even louder when SmackDown was supersized to run head to head with AEW Rampage.
One man that many might think would sympathise with Khan is former WCW President Eric Bischoff who himself went head to head with WWE throughout the Monday Night Wars.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, that was anything but the case as Eric Bischoff tore a strip off Tony Khan:
“If Tony [Khan] were to call me and ask for any advice, here’s what it would be — ‘shut up and wrestle, dude’. Just put out the best product you can and you’ve proven you can. Focus on that. Now this is weird coming from me, right? The guy who challenged Vince McMahon. The guy who gave away their finishes.”
“But here’s the difference. I was actually competing with him. I was going head-to-head. Real head-to-head. Like, my show started the same time his show started each and every week.”
“And another thing, Tony comes out and says ‘We’re at the 1996 stage of WCW and going to not make their mistakes.’ Tony, you’re inventing some mistakes, brother. By coming out there and constantly comparing yourself or deriding your competition, but not having the willingness — I almost said balls — the willingness to say, ‘Okay, let’s go head-to-head. Let’s really compete. Let’s see who can get whose market share.’ That’s real competition.”
So, I’m a little disappointed in the rhetoric that I’m hearing out of Tony, as well as some of the talent. Man, shut the f*ck up. Until you’re actually competing and you’re actually competing favourably — and by the way, Tony, in 1996 I was kicking WWE’s ass. Every week! In a real head-to-head competition, not a cosplay competition.”