Eric Bischoff Says AEW “Not Even Close To 1996 WCW Level”

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Eric Bischoff has launched another verbal volley at Tony Khan and AEW, claiming that the upstart company isn’t even close to the success WCW had in the 1990s.

In recent weeks, the former WCW President has not held back his thoughts on AEW and Tony Khan’s attempts to stoke the fires of war with WWE.

On his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff explained why he disagreed with Khan’s claim that AEW is at the same level as WCW in 1996:

“Tony said: ‘We’re at WCW 1996 level. We’re at that stage.’ No, you’re not. You’re not even close dude. You’re not even a distant number 2 to where we were at in 1996 because in 1996, in every measurable way that a human being can realistically measure something, not spin something, but measure something, WCW Nitro was defeating WWE in a real head to head competition.”

“Not a fragmented half hour when they were on Fox Sports 1 that hardly anybody watches and they were are on TNT.”

WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff continued by claiming that when AEW was formed, it had many advantages that WCW did not when it emerged from the remnants of Jim Crockett Promotions:

“AEW came into existence at a point in time when the audience was craving an alternative. They had a clean slate. They didn’t bring any negative baggage to the dance like WCW did when we launched Nitro.”

“Nobody thought it would ever happen. On top of that, WCW had a very negative association with the audience. It was a mismanaged disaster of a company that was number 2 at the time, but they might as well have been number 152 to WWE.”

Eric Bischoff continued saying the goodwill of fans was something WCW didn’t have in its early days compared to AEW:

“AEW didn’t have that issue. AEW came in with a massive amount of public support and goodwill. WCW didn’t have that. We had to fight up from out of the sewage to finally reach dry ground, and then try to find the mountain, and then climb the mountain. AEW didn’t have to do that. All they had to do was say, ‘We’re coming out and we’re doing this’ hire a couple of key pieces of talent, and they’re off and running.”

“They had all this goodwill. What happens when you start putting yourself over, in my opinion prematurely, in the way they’re doing it, by constantly denigrating and comparing to WWE, is you start losing that goodwill because people see through it.”