Eric Bischoff

AEW News: Eric Bischoff Responds to Tony Khan Calling Him a Hypocrite

— On his latest 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff responded to comments made by AEW CEO Tony Khan, who called Bischoff a hypocrite for his criticism levied at the way Khan has been booking matches without a background storyline in place. Khan had retaliated and said that Bischoff was contradicting himself and sounding hypocritical as that is what WCW did too.

“There were certainly random matches that didn’t have any story in WCW, I’m not denying that but I’m also going to point out, I don’t think I ever said in any of my commentary about AEW, that I believe every match should have a story. When you are introducing new talent or when you have talent that you haven’t really matched up storyline-wise with an opponent yet but you want to expose that talent, you want the audience to become familiar with that talent, you want to establish that talent, sure, put people in matches that don’t really have story. But use that time, in non-storyline matches, to give us some real backstory and information about said talent.

“My issue and my comments about AEW and the creative behind it is really a bunch of top matches that don’t have sufficient story or structure or at least a compelling one. Your top matches, your A, B, C, and D storylines, that’s different. I’ve seen a lot of matches, a lot of storylines – what AEW considers a storyline- that I feel are just nothing more than excuses for a match. They are not well-crafted stories. I believe in today’s competitive environment with television being what it is, that if you want to – pay attention, Tony – build and grow your audience, you are going to have to do it with well-crafted, compelling, well-structured storylines and I don’t see it. I see excuses for matches, and that’s not a storyline.”