During an episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WCW Legend Eric Bischoff stated that the situation around All Elite Wrestling’s upcoming TV-show ‘AEW Collision’ proves that they are making the same mistakes as he did back in the day, when he was running Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“Tony Khan once said, early on after the start of AEW, ‘I’m not going to make the same mistakes WCW made. I’m not going to go into the litany of mistakes that have been made and continue to be made by Tony.
Many of them are similar to the mistakes I made. He’s making the same ones.
This is another one where if I was Tony and I was looking at the long-term viability of my brand. I would do everything I could to talk Turner out of making that Saturday night show if indeed they’re pushing it on him.
If Tony’s stepping up and wanting to do another show for any reason, then I question his judgment, because he clearly doesn’t have the resources.
Because I lived through that, I hoped Tony wouldn’t make that mistake again, but here we are.
The point is Tony needs to establish AEW to begin a growth pattern in AEW to create a demand in that growing audience for additional programming I don’t know that he’s created that demand.”
Eric Bischoff started as an announcer and interviewer for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (AWA) from 1986 until 1991 before he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in ’91 to do the same, but eventually became the Senior Vice President, who was in charge of WCW during the famous Monday Night Wars of the 90s.
After WCW was sold to Vince McMahon, Eric was brought to WWE as the General Manager of the Monday Night RAW brand, a position he held from July 2002 to December 2005.
Some of the younger fans will also remember him as an on-screen character for Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) between 2010 and 2012.
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