• WWE Hall Of Famer Says Tony Khan Is “Burning Up Talent” In AEW
On his ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff talked about Tony Khan and the way he runs All Elite Wrestling, which is currently the #2 Pro Wrestling company on the planet.
Eric expressed his displeasure about Tony comparing himself to the legendary WCW owner Ted Turner, which is obviously a bad comparison, based on Ted’s experience as the owner of a media empire back then, as well as Pro Wrestling being at its hottest (according to the official numbers) in history back during the days of the Monday Night War.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer had to say:
“All I’m suggesting is, rather than claiming you’re competing against, and somehow you’re competing favorably because you’re comparing a percentage of your demos on your Wednesday night show to a percentage of the demos on Monday Night RAW, notice they don’t talk about SmackDown too much.
But on Monday Night RAW, when they go against Monday Night Football, which probably has the highest concentration of male 18-49 year old than just about anything else on TV in any given week, is a false equivalency. It just isn’t real. It’s data gymnastics.
I hope Tony and I can maintain our relationship. If we do, I’m grateful for that, if we don’t, that’s life. I have no real skin in the game. I’m just trying to clarify my position. I did take personal umbrage to the fact that Tony would compare himself the way he did to Ted Turner. I just think it was just a dumb move.”
Bischoff also talked about Khan ‘burning up talent’ in AEW and Rampage not being able to draw 1 million viewers despite CM Punk having matches on it:
“WWE made a move that was the catalyst for Tony Khan to take his highest profile piece of talent, arguably, and put him in that time slot and the show did less than a million viewers. How is that a f**king win?
Burning up talent, putting someone into a match with a storyline, with no angle. It was definitely an in-delicious move but you’re burning up resources and you walked away with less than a million viewers?”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 28, 2020) – Old School Wrestling Veteran Passed Away
On this day in day in 2020, we lost Old School Wrestling Veteran Tracy Smothers at the age of 58 due to lymphoma cancer.
Tracy Smothers worked for pretty much all major promotions such as Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1990-1992), Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1992-1995), the World Wrestling Federation (1996-1997 & 1999) and Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (1997-2000).
During his time in the WWF, he was originally known as “Freddie Joe Floyd”, before he returned for another short stint in 1999, where he wrestled under his real name.
† REST IN PEACE TRACY SMOTHERS
September 2, 1962 – October 28, 2020