Bobby Fish On AEW Offering 'Too Much Freedom' & Why Inmates Can't Run The Asylum

During a recent appearance on "K100," multi-time tag team champion Bobby Fish addressed the biggest difference he saw in going from "WWE NXT" to AEW.

"Quite a lot less structure," Fish said. "Quite a bit more freedom, which at first, I think a lot of the boys, you kind of welcome it. But then you experience it for a little while and it gets a little frustrating, to be totally honest."


"I think some people did have way too much stroke, for sure, but I think some of those people, that's how they operate and that's how they get over," he continued. "Those people are just gonna be who they're gonna be. I'm not one of them. You know, I couldn't tell you the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. I don't play that game. I always let my physical speak for itself because I've been doing athletics my whole life."

Fish elaborated that he thinks AEW is closer to having "too much" freedom.

"I do think that there's a middle ground where there's too much structure, there's not enough structure, and there's a sweet spot in the middle. I don't think AEW — I think they're closer to maybe too much freedom, and the boys sometimes need to be saved from the boys. They're their own worst enemy."


'The inmates cannot run the asylum'

Fish also noted that the inmates cannot run the asylum, which is something WWE Hall of Famers Road Dogg and Eric Bischoff have both also said about AEW.

"The inmates cannot run the asylum," Fish added. "There has to be a governor put on. The creativity is great, but like I said, there has to be a governor for it. Something that funnels it into something constructive, as opposed to — I mean, how many times are people just trying to get their s*** in or suspicious of like, 'Oh, well, this guy's just trying to get his s*** in.' That creates dissension. That doesn't create unity in the locker room."


The former "NXT" Tag Team Champion concluded by praising the black and gold era of "NXT."

"That's where I think a company can be successful is when it feels like, 'Okay, well, you know, we're going out there to put on the best g**d*** show we can put on.' And I'll say this, that's what 'NXT' Black and Gold felt like, the TakeOvers. It felt like it was seven to eight matches and everybody was getting a decent amount of time and stories the fans were invested in, so we're all gonna go out there and just try to have a great show."

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