Vince McMahon recently made his return to WWE after a brief spell of retirement which he had announced in July last year. He has already made it clear that he is here to pursue a possible sale of the global juggernaut.
Since the news, there have been many speculations about who WWE’s new owners could be. Of the names that have come forward, Tony Khan and his family have also been on the list. On a recent episode of 83 Weeks, former WWE RAW general manager Eric Bischoff explained the possibility of Tony Khan buying WWE.
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“Never say never because we’re talking about professional wrestling, but I wouldn’t go near that bet. My opinion, that’s all it is, is an opinion, is that Tony and his dad are taking advantage of the hype. They’re taking advantage of all of the news and they got some great press out of it. CNN is talking about it. I don’t know if that’s great press or not, but CNN’s talking about it, at least putting it out there for the public to consume and create a narrative. It’s fun to think about, it is fun to talk about. If you take off your reality hat and put on your wrestling hat, in terms of the creative around wrestling, it’s fun to think about. But I think all the Khans were doing is taking advantage of what’s going on to get some press for their company. And by the way, I think it’s awesome. I would do the same thing. I’d probably take it two or three steps further, you know. I’d call some friends of mine over at TMZ and say, ‘Hey just so you know I’m going in for a meeting.
Eric Bischoff gives more examples
I’m going to be at Stamford headquarters at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, if you want to comment, I’ll see you there,’ and I’d show up, I’d walk in, and I’d ask for directions to the nearest Mr. Donut, and then I’d walk out and then I’d have a conversation with the press. I would create as much of a perception and a buzz if you know me being involved and interested and maybe making a play as I possibly could if I were the Khans. Because, it’s good for them. So, I’m not criticizing them, but I think it’s just fantasy booking at this point. But it’s fantasy booking that served a purpose and it got them a lot of exposure, so I don’t blame them for doing it. But I think it’s showbiz, it’s Shakespeare. I don’t think it’s real and even if they were interested, it’s not going to happen. It’s just not going to happen.”
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