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Eric Bischoff On Rumored Backstage Issues In AEW, Why He Thinks It’s Due To Lack Of Leadership

August 30, 2022 | Posted by Blake Lovell
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In a recent edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff discussed the rumored backstage issues in AEW, why he thinks it’s due to a lack of leadership, and much more. You can read Eric Bischoff’s comments below.

Eric Bischoff on the rumored backstage issues in AEW and why he thinks it’s due to a lack of leadership: “There’s a lack of leadership, there’s a lack of direction. And it does feel that way [as it did in WCW], doesn’t it? There was a lack of leadership during that time in late ’98 or ’99, in particular. I have admitted so many times that I was burnt. I was tired of fighting a fight I knew I wasn’t going to win. I disengaged. Forget about the high school drama, he said, she said. Body shaming? This is just getting stupid now. This is like junior high shit. That stuff, I don’t even pay attention to it. When I hear it or see it, I hope this is a work or it’s gonna lead to something that’s gonna be really entertaining. Otherwise, it’s just really juvenile shit and it’s hard for me to pay attention to.”

On Tony Khan’s handling of Cody Rhodes and the MJF situation: “Let’s look at the last six or eight months in AEW and the lack of leadership. Cody Rhodes, pretty integral part of AEW, pretty valuable asset within AEW. For whatever reason, he’s no longer there. Haven’t heard a lot of details and I don’t talk to Cody and wouldn’t ask Cody because it’s none of my business. But just look at the pattern – step back and look at fact patterns. Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes, couldn’t see eye to eye, Cody’s gone. The MJF situation, which is still inexplicable to me and I still keep hoping that this is all gonna lead to something really fun and interesting. But as every television show goes by without there being any reference or connection to MJF, the more time that goes by, the less effective an MJF storyline is gonna be in my opinion. Not saying it couldn’t be successful, but I haven’t seen anything in AEW creatively that makes me think someone is really thinking ahead strategically and creatively. Cody couldn’t see eye to eye with Tony, MJF couldn’t see eye to eye with management, and now you’ve got all this nonsense. For a guy who wasn’t gonna make the same mistakes WCW made, he’s compounding them.”

If using any of the above quotes, please credit 83 Weeks with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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