Tony Khan has responded to recent comments made by Eric Bischoff about AEW not being in direct competition with WWE.
The war of words between Tony Khan and Eric Bischoff continues to rumble on. Speaking in a recent article in the Toronto Star, the former WCW President called out Khan over the fact that AEW doesn’t directly compete with WWE in the television schedule.
Bischoff suggested that if AEW “didn’t have the balls to go head-to-head” they should shut up and let the wrestling do the talking.
In the same article, AEW President Khan responded, calling Bischoff’s comments “irresponsible.”
“I don’t care what night the shows are on,” Khan noted. “It’s really irresponsible for (Bischoff) to say that because I don’t pick what night the show is on. These are time slots that I was assigned.”
The comments are the latest in an ever-increasing long line of barbs that the two men have traded in recent months.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, 83 Weeks, available via AdFreeShows, Bischoff took issue with comments Tony Khan recently made about Jade Cargill. Speaking just prior to Cargill winning the newly created TBS Championship, the AEW boss said that she was on the most dominant run of any wrestler since Goldberg in the late 1990’s.
Bischoff stated that while Cargill will undoubtedly be a big star one day, she isn’t there yet. He then went on to compare the statements from Khan to those made by Dixie Carter when she was overseeing TNA. The former Raw General Manager, said that Carter also had a habit of making grand statements but being unable to back them up.
“When I hear comments like that out of Tony, it reminds me very much of Dixie Carter and TNA. Dixie Carter had a habit of making announcements that were going to get great social media reactions, but very rarely could follow them up,” Bischoff said. “‘We’re going to make an announcement that’s going to change the wrestling world!’ How many times did we hear that coming out of Dixie and TNA, and then they didn’t deliver? After a while, the audience begins to lose confidence in people that talk like that. When you make everything such a big deal and it really isn’t, people begin to learn that you’re just not a big deal.”
While Eric Bischoff hasn’t appeared on AEW television since May 2021, he recently returned to Monday Night Raw to preside over The Miz and Maryse renewing their wedding vows.