CM Punk has had problems with many AEW talents over the past year. He was away from AEW for 9 months and returned to the company this summer.
The problems are still there and a lot of people think they will cause a bad ending if not dealt with.
Speaking on the Strictly Business podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff praised AEW for not relying on one wrestler to carry their brand.
“WWE is comprised and is represented by all of these Superstars but it’s the brand that people are buying into not any one person. And, again, that’s one of the reasons why I am supportive and will continue to be supportive of AEW, for not relying on any one piece of talent. I no longer think that’s the way to do business.”
Bischoff went on to say that CM Punk should be reminded he’s a wrestler and not someone who manages the company.
He called the “Real” AEW World Champion a cancer to the locker room and said he’s not worth the money he’s being paid by AEW President Tony Khan.
“CM Punk is a draw — I don’t like him, I think he’s unprofessional, I think he’s highly overrated, and I don’t think he’s worth nearly the amount of money or the compromises that Tony Khan is making along the way.
I think that Tony will realize that at some point in time. I said this before, as soon as CM Punk came back, this is making a bad situation worse. You’re bringing cancer into your company and you’re not managing it.
Rather than putting CM Punk in a box and reminding him that he’s talent, he’s not management, they gave him the keys to the kingdom.
It’s going to get worse before it gets better. At some point Tony is going to have to learn how to be a leader, he’s going to have to take it on the chin, just like I did with Ric Flair.
When I decided to sue Ric Flair because we couldn’t work our sh*t out and he was going public with his side of the story, [I said] I can’t play anymore. I have to do… I have to take a position and it was a painful one to take, it still is.
Ric Flair still resents me to this day for what I did. He hates when I even talk about it. But I was forced to do something I didn’t want to do, and something I knew was going to hurt financially because Ric had such an amazingly loyal fan base, and deservedly so.”
Bischoff then stated that wrestlers should only focus on building the brand.
“That’s their responsibility, to help build the brand. That’s what they’re getting paid for, in some cases millions of dollars more than they are actually worth on the open market. But Tony’s willing to take that chance and to fund whatever his vision is.
Their responsibility is to contribute in building the brand, even if it means putting up a situation that they really don’t like.
Everybody that I know that has a job has to put up with situations every single day and work with people every single day and are assigned to do things they absolutely detest every single day. But that’s what you’re getting paid for.”
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