Former WCW President Eric Bischoff says he has one piece of simple advice for AEW boss Tony Khan, “shut up and wrestle dude.”
Tony Khanhas been very outspoken in his views on WWE in recent weeks, and he turned up the volume even more when SmackDown was supersized to compete against AEW Rampage.
Former WCW President Eric Bischoff, who went head-to-head with WWE during the Monday Night Wars, is one man who many may think would sympathise with Khan.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, that was anything but the case as Eric Bischoff took aim at Tony Khan:
“If Tony [Khan] were to call me and ask for any advice, here’s what it would be — ‘shut up and wrestle, dude’. Just put out the best product you can and you’ve proven you can. Focus on that. Now this is weird coming from me, right? The guy who challenged Vince McMahon. The guy who gave away their finishes.”
“But here’s the difference. I was actually competing with him. I was going head-to-head. Real head-to-head. Like, my show started the same time his show started each and every week.”
Not content with that, Bischoff continued to sound off about Khan, saying that he was “inventing some mistakes.”
“And another thing, Tony comes out and says ‘We’re at the 1996 stage of WCW and going to not make their mistakes.’ Tony, you’re inventing some mistakes, brother. By coming out there and constantly comparing yourself or deriding your competition, but not having the willingness — I almost said balls — the willingness to say, ‘Okay, let’s go head-to-head. Let’s really compete. Let’s see who can get whose market share.’ That’s real competition.”
So, I’m a little disappointed in the rhetoric that I’m hearing out of Tony, as well as some of the talent. Man, shut the f*ck up. Until you’re actually competing and you’re actually competing favourably — and by the way, Tony, in 1996 I was kicking WWE’s ass. Every week! In a real head-to-head competition, not a cosplay competition.”
Eric Bischoff joined WCW in 1991, assuming control of the company in 1994. Despite his best efforts to buy the company as part of a consortium, WCW went out of business and was purchased by WWE in 2001. Bischoff went to work for WWE a year later.