• WCW Legend Says Tony Khan Wants To Get Himself Over, But There’s A Lack Of Leadership
During the latest episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, Old School WCW Legend Eric Bischoff talked about Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling and shared quite some criticism about the #2 wrestling promotion on the planet.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“There’s a lack of leadership, there’s a lack of direction. And it does feel that way as it did in WCW, doesn’t it? There was a lack of leadership during that time in late ’98 or ’99, in particular.
I have admitted so many times that I was burnt. I was tired of fighting a fight I knew I wasn’t going to win. I disengaged. Forget about the high school drama, he said, she said. Body shaming? This is just getting stupid now. This is like junior high sh*t.
That stuff, I don’t even pay attention to it. When I hear it or see it, I hope this is a work or it’s gonna lead to something that’s gonna be really entertaining. Otherwise, it’s just really juvenile sh*t and it’s hard for me to pay attention to.
Let’s look at the last 6 or 8 months in AEW and the lack of leadership. Cody Rhodes, pretty integral part of AEW, pretty valuable asset within AEW. For whatever reason, he’s no longer there. Haven’t heard a lot of details and I don’t talk to Cody and wouldn’t ask Cody because it’s none of my business.
But just look at the pattern – step back and look at fact patterns. Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes, couldn’t see eye-to-eye, Cody’s gone. The MJF situation, which is still inexplicable to me and I still keep hoping that this is all gonna lead to something really fun and interesting.
But as every television show goes by without there being any reference or connection to MJF, the more time that goes by, the less effective an MJF storyline is gonna be in my opinion. Not saying it couldn’t be successful, but I haven’t seen anything in AEW creatively that makes me think someone is really thinking ahead strategically and creatively.
Cody couldn’t see eye-to-eye with Tony, MJF couldn’t see eye-to-eye with management, and now you’ve got all this nonsense. For a guy who wasn’t gonna make the same mistakes WCW made, he’s compounding them.”
Then Easy E also had some advice for AEW owner Tony Khan:
“Quit trying to get yourself over Tony. You’re not good on television. The less you see a red light in a camera, the better your product will be.
He’s the CEO, head booker, whatever he is. He’s got about six titles, so yeah, he’s an important person. But, this is not about you, Tony, it’s about your talent. And the more you’re trying to get you over, the less your talent’s getting over.
Tony Khan does not need to be tweeting 15 times a day. Less is more, Tony. Make people want to hear from you, not turn away.”
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• On This Day In WCW History (September 2, 1999) – WCW Thunder
On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Wendler Arena in Saginaw, Michigan and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Fall Brawl 1999’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
– Diamond Dallas Page vs. Al Greene
– Shane Douglas vs. Dave Taylor
– Kaz Hayashi vs. El Dandy
– WCW Cruiserweight Title: Bill Kidman vs. Lenny Lane
– Harlem Heat vs. Disorderly Conduct
– Scotty Riggs vs. Prince Iaukea
– Goldberg vs. The Cat
– Perry Saturn vs. Sid Vicious