Eric Bischoff speaks out about WWE firing, not meeting Vince McMahon’s expectations

Eric Bischoff on WWE firing

On the latest edition of his “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff addressed his WWE firing from this past week.

Bischoff was fired last week as the Executive Director of Friday Night SmackDown and was replaced by Bruce Prichard. Bischoff spoke out about his feelings of being fired.

“My feelings right now are, number one, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work in WWE. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out. It clearly didn’t work out the way Vince McMahon wanted it to work out. That happens. I’m not taking any of it personally. Professionally, I’m taking a hard look at it and thinking it through. More than anything, I’m grateful for the opportunity. Part of the reason is, I had a chance to work with a great team of people. The writing staff for SmackDown in particular, as well as a lot of other writers who were on Raw. They are very very talented and unbelievably hard working and dedicated group of people. To have the opportunity to work with people like that, was worth this experiment.

“I didn’t come here thinking I was going to be in WWE for 5-10 years. I looked at it as a relatively short term opportunity, meaning 2-3 years. I didn’t think it would be quite this short term, but sometimes this happens. WWE is a great company with a very defined culture and process. I didn’t necessarily fit into it. I’m not sad, disappointed, any of those things. Just looking forward to the next opportunity, whenever and wherever that may be.”

Bischoff also had this to say if he would do it all over again:

“Yup. No regrets. When I took the job, I knew what the odds were about it being a long term opportunity. I’m not surprised. I’m disappointed, I’m not gonna lie. I would have liked to have met Vince McMahon’s expectations and I would have liked for it to have been a longer run. I would do it over again in a heartbeat.”

You can listen to the entire podcast on the player below. The episode also features Bischoff talking about Scott Hall’s WCW run.

Source: 83 Weeks, Fightful for the transcription