Eric Bischoff Claims AEW’s Signing Policy “Isn’t Working”

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Former WCW President Eric Bischoff has claimed that the current policy for AEW signing new talent isn’t working, whilst giving his opinion on whether Johnny Gargano will join the company.

Tony Khan has dropped plenty of hints over recent weeks that he could soon be adding to the company’s roster, claiming that fans need to pay attention to upcoming shows closely.

The free agent market is arguably the strongest its ever been, especially given the rafts of cuts made by WWE throughout both 2020 and 2021. This has led to plenty of additions to AEW’s roster, as well as the likes of Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson who let their WWE contracts expire before making the move across.

Following the 7th December episode of NXT 2.0, the contracts of both Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly expired.

Speaking on a recent of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed the pros and cons of Gargano making the move if he chooses to do so.

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,” Bischoff mentioned. “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?

Eric Bischoff went on to discuss how he feels their current policy isn’t working, citing their recent ratings and whether they are using the talent they are bringing in properly.

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?

In recent weeks, Tony Khan and Eric Bischoff have been in somewhat of a war of words, with the former WCW owner having some scathing words for both the AEW president and members of his roster.

Bischoff singled out CM Punk, claiming that he has “way underdelivered” since returning to the squared circle, whilst also saying that AEW is nowhere near the level WCW was in 1996.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.