• WWE Hall Of Famer Criticizes AEW For Signing A Lot Of Wrestlers
On a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff criticized Tony Khan and his All Elite Wrestling promotion for signing a lot of wrestlers.
Here’s what he had to say:
“For his sake, I hope that happens. You want people in this industry to stay employed and prosper and to be successful at whatever levels they are able to achieve. But what are you going to do with all that talent?
‘Let’s build the biggest roster in the history of wrestling?’ Is that the goal? Is that the end game? To be able to brag about how deep your talent roster is? If it is, I guess AEW is on its way to achieving that goal, but what do you do with that talent?
You look at the shows and let’s be honest about it — I’m not being critical, I like AEW and I want AEW to prosper. But let’s be honest about where AEW is, they drew 872,000 viewers this past Wednesday night. That’s what they were doing a year ago.
I’ve done shows with AEW that have done more than they did last Wednesday, and the talent roster is stacked with great talent, phenomenal talent but where’s the audience for it? It’s not working. 872,000 Viewers on their A show?
That’s not exciting. The numbers are the numbers, and this is a number AEW was doing a year ago, two years ago. It’s weird, and now you’re going to stack even more talent on top of it? What are you going to do with them?”
Everybody realizes that a company with such big aspirations of being an actual competition to Vince McMahon’s WWE can not be built on former indy guys alone and needs to sign some big names, which of course includes several former WWF/WWE/WCW/TNA guys.
However, most people realize that AEW seems to sign almost everyone, who are released from WWE (or leave on their own), regardless of their potential drawing power, which is only blowing up their roster and giving most wrestlers less TV time as a result.
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• Old School WWF Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Legend “Sycho” Sid Justice (Real name: Sidney Eudy) celebrates his 61st birthday today.
Sid Vicious made a name for himself in Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling as a member of The Skyscrapers and later The Four Horsemen, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation as ‘Sid Justice’ in 1991.
He ended up main eventing his first ever WrestleMania against Hulk Hogan in 1992 and became Hogan’s first WrestleMania opponent who kicked out after the legendary Big Boot / Legdrop finish.
After disagreements with The Ultimate Warrior in their post-WrestleMania feud, Sid quit the promotion and returned to WCW a year later in the spring of 1993.
At Starrcade 1993, Sid was already booked to defeat WCW World Champion Big Van Vader for the Title, but unfortunately he was fired before the PPV after an altercation with his former Horsemen companion Arn Anderson, where both were stabbing each other with scissors.
By 1995, he returned to the WWF as Shawn Michaels’ bodyguard, but turned on Shawn right away and became a member of ‘The Million Dollar Corporation’ faction.
Sid defeated Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series 1996 in Madison Square Garden and (after losing the Title at the Royal Rumble) a few months later defeated Bret “The Hitman” Hart to win his second and last WWF World Title, that resulted in him main eventing yet another WrestleMania, this time against The Undertaker.
He had one more run with Turner’s WCW, where he returned again in 1999, but this time a botched move ended his main stream wrestling career in the main event of the ‘WCW Sin 2001’ PPV.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SID!