Eric Bischoff

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The controversial Eric Bischoff joined Ryan Rider on this week’s episode of Main Event Radio. They talked about his son Garrett, whether he would ever return to wrestling, and his thoughts on AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode. MER were also made aware that Bischoff is currently in a lawsuit with TNA Impact Wrestling, and thus refused to comment on anything about his time in that organization.

Audio is available for download now at the following link: http://www.maineventradio.com/audio/MER-08-03-16.mp3

What went wrong with TNA/Impact Wrestling:

“I try to put them both out of my mind so I couldn’t tell you. No comment. I’m in the middle of a lawsuit with them so I can’t really comment.”

Any positive memories from his time in TNA:

“I don’t have any.”

AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode now in WWE:

“You name three guys who are probably the one bright spot of my time in that other organization. There are all 3 some of the most quality people as human beings and as professionals. I’m thrilled to death for AJ Styles as I am for Samoa Joe. I think Bobby Roode is probably one of the most under-estimated, highest potential talents that WWE could get their hands on so I’m thrilled to death for him. I won’t say that Samoa Joe is underrated because most people recognize what a special athlete he is, but if you get to know him on a personal level you cannot find a better person so I’m thrilled to death.”

Does Garrett [Bischoff] still wrestle:

“He’s doing great. He’s not still wrestling. He transitioned out of wrestling when I did. He has a great career now, lives down in Florida, he’s married, and he’s doing well.”

Would he ever return to WWE as a General Manager or for a one-time appearance:

“Highly doubtful. Because I haven’t gotten a call. And I’m a little busy; I’ve got stuff going on. Not to be coy or cute, I think that time has passed. I had a great time, I worked there for 5 years and it was one of the highlights of my career. Times change, people change. I think a character like mine I’d come back for a week or two or three but then after that people would get tired and say this is the ‘same old, same old’ kind of thing.”

Is he done in wrestling:

“Never say never. If the right opportunity and by that I mean something that was exciting and felt fresh. Something that I believed that the fans would really appreciate and that I would have fun doing. I’d love to be back. Because I love the business and a lot of the people in it. I’ve spent a lot of time in the business, I’ve done a lot of things. It would take something pretty unique to get me excited. It’s really gratifying to see after all these years, and I’ve been in the business for 30 years, and after all of these years to see fans wearing nWo shirts and fans of WCW who still remember make me feel good.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. A plague flea suing its host after it infected it with a deadly disease.
    “If the right opportunity and by that I mean something that was exciting and felt fresh”…Yeah so you can drag down that product with more of your old ass, played out ideas that put the final nails in AWA’s coffin, drove WCW to bankruptcy, and has TNA on the verge of collapse. If any head promoter of the remaining American wrestling companies have a brain in their heads, they’ll steer far clear of this asshole.

  2. One of the reasons I have such a low opinion of Bischoff was because of his habit (while working with WCW) of firing wrestlers via FedEx (such as guys like Rick Steamboat and Sean Waltman), probably because he didn’t have the cojones to do so face-to-face. That, and playing politics with his pushing of the NWO and older stars to the moon at the expense of everyone else in WCW.

  3. Yes all that too. But firing via FedEx rather than face-to-face wasn’t that bad of an offense as it’s made out to be. Steamboat, Waltman, & Austin were all home injured at the time. The Honky Tonk Man made a good point a few years ago that rather than make them fly out to WCW headquarters to tell them they’re fired, that FedEx thing saved them a trip. A phone call would have been better though. Maybe Bischoff has sensitive ears?

  4. Technically he didn’t push them, his mistake was worse than that, he gave them creative control in their contracts which meant they could do pretty much what they wanted, when they wanted and he couldn’t do a thing about it.

  5. Bischoff has nerve saying anything negative about TNA. TNA’s product was better before Hogan/Bischoff, and it’s been consistently better since they left. They nearly killed the company and put out lackluster programming while pushing their kids into high-profile roles and holding back the guys who were responsible for TNA being around, including the three he now praises. I used to respect the guy, but how he ruined things with WCW and how poor of a job he did while in TNA, I just don’t think as highly of him anymore.

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