Eric Bischoff took questions from the media this past weekend during WrestleCon. Bischoff talked about his new “Strictly Business” podcast on AdFreeShows.com. He also shot down the idea of working full-time for WWE and he gave his thoughts on AEW and Tony Khan.
Bischoff was asked why things seem to turn sour between himself and Tony Khan and what changed and why he seems to be more critical of the AEW product these days.
“It didn’t change at all for me,” Bischoff said. “What changed in the discourse between Tony Khan and I was that Tony felt whenever he felt it necessary to come out and say that, you know, Dynamite is where WCW was in 1996. Well, come on, is there anybody here that buys that? You know, WCW was beating the WWE at that time. WCW was an extremely profitable company at that time. WCW was promoting massive pay per views at that time. Many of them not just one or two or three or four a year. You can’t compare WCW to AEW but he felt like, yeah, he’s got to try to get himself over. So he threw that out there, which was fine. That part didn’t really bother me.”
Bischoff said that it was Khan’s comments about Ted Turner that bothered him.
Bischoff said, “What really bothered me was when Tony Khan said, ‘Well, if Ted Turner knew as much about booking as I do WCW would have never failed.’ That pissed me the f**k off. That was so disrespectful. And I gave an honest response to an honest question. And that honest response kind of created an opportunity for Tony to feel his need to respond, which I understand. I don’t hold him against it for that. But that’s where it kind of escalated. But it doesn’t have anything to do with my feelings about AEW.”
Bischoff said he is still a fan of AEW’s product.
He said, “I’m a fan of AEW. I’m excited about AEW. I want them to succeed. I see a lot of great things. I said that long before our little dust up. You know, Conrad [and I] we talk about Dynamite on 83 Weeks podcast and I would point out the things I enjoy about AEW more than the WWF. But at the same time, if I’m asked a question, I’m gonna be honest in my critique of that, but it’s not meant to be a shot. It just gets interpreted as that and I think Tony’s a little thin skinned and he took it a little hard.”
Check out the full media scrum below.
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