Eric Bischoff has claimed that in AEW a good story will always come second to “the exhibition” in the ring.
Despite WWE and AEW both being in the professional wrestling business, they arguably couldn’t be more different. While AEW places a heavy emphasis on the quality of the in-ring product, WWE prides itself on delivering entertainment, and telling stories.
However, speaking on his Strictly Business podcast available via AdFreeShows, Eric Bischoff believes that WWE’s storytelling has left a lot to be desired in recent weeks and months. The former Executive Director of SmackDown explained that as WWE have to produce so much television and content on a daily basis, the quality of this content has suffered.
“When you produce as much content as WWE does, the amount of content that they have to create to satisfy this monster they’ve created in television and the amount of revenue that those television contracts create for them, I think the quantity of content has forced them to de-emphasize the story,” Bischoff said.
“Structuring story and adapting to things that happen in wrestling, injuries, personal issues, and contractual problems, forces you to adapt the story and it’s very very time-consuming. I think now in the case of WWE, they crack out so much product that the sheer volume is taking precedence over the quality of the story.”
By contrast, Bischoff claimed that in AEW, the story is secondary to what he described as the “exhibition” in the ring.
“I think with AEW, it’s more of a cultural thing where the decision is being made that it’s all about the quality of the matches and the dream matches and the story has become secondary. That’s being kind for the most part and I’m talking about a traditional beginning, middle, and end story with a great arc that takes the viewer on a journey and makes you emotionally invested. That element is mostly gone in AEW for the most part, in my opinion, and it’s more about the exhibition for the sake of the exhibition.”
Despite appearing to initially have a good relationship, in recent months Eric Bischoff and AEW President Tony Khan have taken numerous shots at each other in interviews and on various podcasts.
The most recent exchange came after the post-Double or Nothing media scrum. Ahead of the show Eric Bischoff had claimed that CM Punk had been a “financial flop.” Speaking to the media, Khan fired back with a expletive-filled rant taking issue with the former WCW President’s comments.
In response, Bischoff challenged Khan to appear on his 83 Weeks podcast.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.