History Wrestling / EricBischoff

14th Jul '16 7:20:20 PM thecarolinabull01
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* TheAtoner: Zig-zagged. He's definitely not above SelfDeprication in recent interviews and does seem to regret ''some'' of his past actions, there are other things he's done that many people consider bad or morally wrong that he'll defend to this day.

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* TheAtoner: Zig-zagged. He's definitely not above SelfDeprication SelfDeprecation in recent interviews and does seem to regret ''some'' of his past actions, there are other things he's done that many people consider bad or morally wrong that he'll defend to this day.
14th Jul '16 7:12:52 PM thecarolinabull01
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* TheAtoner: Zig-zagged. He's definitely not above SelfDeprication in recent interviews and does seem to regret ''some'' of his past actions, there are other things he's done that many people consider bad or morally wrong that he'll defend to this day.
20th Jun '16 9:30:39 PM JM1982
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** That said, when Eric tries doing this himself, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it can backfire]]. As noted above, Trish Stratus was tearing him apart and would have won if not for [[BigDamnVillains Victoria and Jazz]] interfering.
29th May '16 7:16:53 PM JamesAustin
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** A [[TheDogWasTheMastermind milquetoast color commentator]] who rises to power as the result of a [[TheMontrealScrewjob much-publicized screwjob]]? Hmm, we're stumped.

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** A [[TheDogWasTheMastermind milquetoast color commentator]] who rises to power as the result of a [[TheMontrealScrewjob [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob much-publicized screwjob]]? [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Hmm, we're stumped.stumped]].



--->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]''': Bischoff starts askin' this ''clown'' questions about "brake horsepower", and fuckin' "braking distance". And I'm like, "'''PUT THE''' '''''MATCH''''' '''OVER, ERIC!''' I don't CARE about the truck!"\\
'''Jay''': ''"But we [[SkewedPriorities spent a hundred grand]] on it!"''

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--->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]''': V1]]:''' Bischoff starts askin' this ''clown'' questions about "brake horsepower", and fuckin' "braking distance". And I'm like, "'''PUT THE''' '''''MATCH''''' '''OVER, ERIC!''' I don't CARE about the truck!"\\
'''Jay''': '''Jay:''' ''"But we [[SkewedPriorities spent a hundred grand]] on it!"''
29th May '16 5:48:02 PM JamesAustin
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** Pretty much any time Bischoff tries to pick a fight with any professional wrestler, most notably his trying to attack [[TheBigShow The Giant]] when Giant [[CrushingHandshake caught Hogan's fist and squeezed him into submission]].

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** Pretty much any time Bischoff tries to pick a fight with any professional wrestler, most notably his trying to attack [[TheBigShow [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] when Giant [[CrushingHandshake caught Hogan's fist and squeezed him into submission]].
13th Apr '16 11:31:37 AM DrRomoray
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A [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands man of many hats]], he was just a middle-aged sales jockey for the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation when fate stepped in and handed him an announcing gig--courtesy of his predecessor's DUI arrest. But the AWA was short on time and eventually folded. Out of work, Bischoff sent a job application to the company he would later devote his life to eliminating, the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], but was turned down. This was arguably the best thing to happen to Eric, barring WCW picking him up.

The unfolding of Bischoff's later career, however, was no accident. In the confusion of a coup d'état (one of several in WCW), he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to become Executive Producer of the company, and later Vice President once WCW was bought up by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a blank check to do with as he pleased. Here's where ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Night Nitro]]'' comes in.

With [[ProtectionFromEditors total creative control]] in hand, Bischoff’s increased budget took WCW to such heights that they began to dominate the WWF in ratings. The ratings war, colloquially named the Monday Night Wars, seemed to strongly favor WCW; WWF lost 80+ weeks back to back during one period. Empowered by a new style of booking and the most popular wrestling stable of all time, the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], ''Nitro'' was basically invincible. But all good things must come to an end, and Bischoff’s time at the top of WCW was no exception. The budget was a doubled-edged sword, as Bischoff continued to spend wildly on flashy pay-per-views and inflated contracts (mostly for [[ItsBeenDone has-beens and never-weres]] from the WWF) while ignoring [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted the long-term structural issues]] that would eventually cripple him. When numerous mistakes led WCW to lose the dominance it held for so long, Bischoff was given the hook.

The WWF would emerge victorious in the Monday Night Wars. Meanwhile, Bischoff schmoozed his way into the enemy’s locker room: this time as the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. Though he held no actual power in the renamed-WWE, he portrayed a great heel and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also unveiled a number of innovations, including the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', both of which are still active.

Bischoff landed back in a seat of power at Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where he was in the company of friends such as Wrestling/HulkHogan and other ex-[=nWo=] honchos. Having played the same on screen role as he did in WCW, Bischoff was “fired” and put to work behind the scenes as an executive producer before eventually being sent home once his benefactor (Hogan) left the company. The more things change...

Opinion on Bischoff within the IWC is split evenly down the middle, with some painting him as Hogan's lapdog [[ProfessionalButtKisser (true)]], and others crediting him for pro wrestling's renaissance and saving it from possible extinction [[BunnyEarsLawyer (also true)]]. In spite of his hand in WCW's downfall, Bischoff is one of few people to go toe-to-toe with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, and for this he is still considered a hero by many.

!!'''Tropes associated with Eric Bischoff include:'''

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A [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands man of many hats]], he was just a middle-aged sales jockey for the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation when fate stepped in and handed him an announcing gig--courtesy gig (courtesy of his predecessor's DUI arrest.arrest). But the AWA was short on time and eventually folded. Out of work, Bischoff sent a job application to the company he would later devote dedicate his life to eliminating, destroying, the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], but was turned down. This was arguably the best thing to happen to Eric, barring WCW picking him up.

The unfolding of Bischoff's later career, however, was no accident. In the confusion of a coup d'état (one of several in WCW), d'état, he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to become Executive Producer of the company, and (and later Vice President once President) before WCW was bought up by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a [[ProtectionFromEditors blank check check]] to do with as he pleased. Here's where pleased--which brings us to ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Night Nitro]]'' comes in.

With [[ProtectionFromEditors total creative control]]
Nitro]]''.

''Nitro'' had a more up-to-date, adult feel about it. Actual competitive matches were shown, compared to the multiple {{squash match}}es shown on ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' at the time. He brought
in hand, Bischoff’s increased budget took WCW the cruiswerweights and gave them a national stage to such heights compete on. He was doing pyro and large sets well before WWF was. The name "World Championship Wrestling" was certainly accurate, as many fans at the time were exposed to wrestlers and wrestling styles from all over the world. The criticism that they began to dominate Bischoff was only successful by using talent that was built up elsewhere is valid, but then WCW used guys like [[Wrestling/KevinNash Nash]] and [[Wrestling/ScottHall Hall]] far better than WWF did. "Diesel's" main event run was one of the WWF worst drawing periods in ratings. WWF, while Nash's main event run as leader of the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder Wolfpac]] in 1998 was during WCW's most profitable year ever.

The ratings war, colloquially named the Monday Night Wars, seemed to strongly favor WCW; WWF lost 80+ weeks back to back during one period. Empowered by a new style of booking and the most popular wrestling stable of all time, the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], ''Nitro'' was basically invincible. But all good things must come to an end, and Bischoff’s time at the top of WCW was no exception. The budget was a doubled-edged sword, as Bischoff exception: He continued to spend wildly on flashy pay-per-views and inflated contracts (mostly for on [[ItsBeenDone has-beens and never-weres]] from the WWF) while ignoring [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted the long-term structural issues]] that would eventually cripple him. When numerous mistakes led WCW to lose the dominance it held for so long, Opinion on Bischoff was given within the hook.

IWC is split evenly down the middle. He's the ''only'' person to go toe-to-toe with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and win, and that fact that WWE today still mimics ''Nitro''[='=]s set up says all you need to say. For that he is still considered a hero by many.

The WWF would emerge victorious in the Monday Night Wars. Meanwhile, Wars; meanwhile, Bischoff schmoozed his way into the enemy’s locker room: this time as the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. Though he held no actual power in the renamed-WWE, he portrayed a great heel and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also unveiled a number of innovations, including the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', both of which are still active.

In 2009, Bischoff landed back in negotiated a seat of power at Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where he was in the company of friends such as Wrestling/HulkHogan and other ex-[=nWo=] honchos. deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Having played the same on screen on-screen role as he did in WCW, Bischoff was “fired” and put to work behind the scenes as an executive producer before eventually being sent home once his benefactor (Hogan) left the company.home. The more things change...

Opinion on Bischoff within the IWC is split evenly down the middle, with some painting him as Hogan's lapdog [[ProfessionalButtKisser (true)]], and others crediting him for pro wrestling's renaissance and saving it from possible extinction [[BunnyEarsLawyer (also true)]]. In spite of his hand in WCW's downfall, Bischoff is one of few people to go toe-to-toe with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, and for this he is still considered a hero by many.

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4th Mar '16 7:32:24 PM FordPrefect
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* AllMenArePerverts: A frequently alluded to flaw of his. It led to him booking himself in a match with Wrestling/TrishStratus with the offer that if she could beat him she would get a title shot. She was well on her way to beating him too before [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] interfered on his behalf, after which, his victory speech was so creepy Linda [=McMahon=] felt the need to come out and stop him for acting on anything he said.

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* AllMenArePerverts: A frequently alluded to flaw of his. It led to him booking himself in a match with Wrestling/TrishStratus with the offer that if she could beat him she would get a title shot. She was well on her way to beating him too before [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] interfered on his behalf, after which, which his victory speech was so creepy that Linda [=McMahon=] felt the need to come out and stop him for from acting on anything he said.



** Wrestling/JimCornette cited this as the reason behind the NWO's success, them being the kind of men Eric Bischoff wishes he was. He has a thing for giant power stables and motor cycles in general, Wrestling/AcesAndEights are enough evidence of this.
** The WCW PPV event Hog Wild/Road Wild was his idea entirely because he was a huge motorcycle fan. It was done for four years in Sturgis, SD to coincide with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Because it was held outside and with the ring surrounded by motorcycles, there was no gate, meaning they lost money every year. Add in that when your audience consists of hundreds on drunk bikers, many of whom didn't care about wrestling and only wanted to see people get hurt, it was almost the complete opposite audience of a normal event (to the point that they loudly cheered a garbage match between forgettable wrestlers Scott Norton and Ice Train and loudly booed a beautifully fought match between Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/DeanMalenko, two of the best technical wrestlers of the past thirty years. Add in that for almost every bump, the bikers would rev their engines, meaning people who paid for the PPV couldn't hear the commentators.

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** Wrestling/JimCornette cited this as the reason behind the NWO's success, them being the kind of men Eric Bischoff wishes he was. He has a thing for giant power stables and motor cycles motorcycles in general, Wrestling/AcesAndEights are enough evidence of this.
** The WCW PPV event Hog Wild/Road Wild was his idea entirely because he was a huge motorcycle fan. It was done for four years in Sturgis, SD to coincide with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Because it was held outside and with the ring surrounded by motorcycles, there was no gate, meaning they lost money every year. Add in that when your audience consists of hundreds on drunk bikers, many of whom didn't care about wrestling and only wanted to see people get hurt, it was almost the complete opposite audience of a normal event (to the point that they loudly cheered a garbage match between forgettable wrestlers Scott Norton and Ice Train and loudly booed a beautifully fought match between Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/DeanMalenko, two of the best technical wrestlers of the past thirty years.years). Add in that for almost every bump, the bikers would rev their engines, meaning people who paid for the PPV couldn't hear the commentators.



** According to Wrestling/JimCornette in the ''Monday Night Wars'' DVD, Bischoff summoned a meeting with all the WCW stars where he announced that apart from Savage, Hogan and Piper, none of them ever drew any money, which is a tremendous slap in the face--not to mention transparently false. But [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancho_Panza Bischoff is a Hulkamanic]], and much of what he did/said in the mid-to-late nineties was probably acting on chance suggestions by Hogan.

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** According to Wrestling/JimCornette in the ''Monday Night Wars'' DVD, Bischoff summoned a meeting with all the WCW stars where he announced that apart from Savage, Hogan and Piper, none of them ever drew any money, which is a tremendous slap in the face--not to mention transparently false. But [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancho_Panza Bischoff is a Hulkamanic]], Hulkamaniac]], and much of what he did/said in the mid-to-late nineties was probably acting on chance suggestions by Hogan.



** During the Monday Night Wars, while the WWF and WCW were trading cheap shots, DX did a segment where they went to WCW headquarters, calling out Eric and Ted Turner personally. In response, Eric cut an nWo promo where he challenged Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to a legitimate shoot fight to be broadcast on Nitro. According to him, HulkHogan warned him not to, since there was a good chance Vince would accept, and that Eric would probably get his ass handed to him.
* ButtMonkey: [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]] had to thoroughly enjoy the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff if only because he got to manhandle Eric every ''Raw'' for a few months. Also anytime Vince showed up, Eric would definitely have the fear of God in him and would be quickly reduced to pleading for Vince not to remove him from GM duties, but not before a verbal Vince smackdown.

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** During the Monday Night Wars, while the WWF and WCW were trading cheap shots, DX did a segment where they went to WCW headquarters, calling out Eric and Ted Turner personally. In response, Eric cut an nWo promo where he challenged Wrestling/VinceMcMahon to a legitimate shoot fight to be broadcast on Nitro. According to him, HulkHogan warned him not to, since there was a good chance that Vince would accept, accept and that Eric would probably get his ass handed to him.
* ButtMonkey: [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]] had to thoroughly enjoy the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff if only because he got to manhandle Eric every ''Raw'' for a few months. Also anytime any time Vince showed up, Eric would definitely have the fear of God in him and would be quickly reduced to pleading for Vince not to remove him from GM duties, but not before a verbal Vince smackdown.



* CardCarryingVillain: Has admitted on more than one occasion that he may not be the model image of a saint. In one promo, Eric said the only thing closer to the Devil than he was his boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]], who was standing right in front of him. Vince’s reaction? A ''smile''.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Has admitted on more than one occasion that he may not be the model image of a saint. In one promo, Eric said the only thing closer to the Devil than he him was his boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]], who was standing right in front of him. Vince’s reaction? A ''smile''.



--> “I never did like the hicks around town back in my WCW days. Being here in Birmingham is a grim reminder of those times.

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--> “I never did like the hicks around town back in my WCW days. Being here in Birmingham is a grim reminder of those times."



* DiscoDan: During his time in TNA, Eric seemed either unable or unwilling to move on from his WCW heyday

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* DiscoDan: During his time in TNA, Eric seemed either unable or unwilling to move on from his WCW heydayheyday.



** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", Biscoff tried to assuage fears backstage, predicting that [=McMahon=] would not be able to resist playing the higher power role. (What's that parable about [[NotSoDifferent the speck in your neighbor's eye?]]) So, as an addendum, let us reiterate that Eric's promises are always, always wrong -- [[DumbassHasAPoint except for that one night.]][[note]]Though it should be noted that Vince was the third choice for the "higher power" role. "The Jackyl" Don Callis was the rumored first choice, and Mankind was the second. Callis was fired months earlier and Mankind felt that him being the higher power wouldn't make sense.[[/note]]

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** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", Biscoff Bischoff tried to assuage fears backstage, predicting that [=McMahon=] would not be able to resist playing the higher power role. (What's that parable about [[NotSoDifferent the speck in your neighbor's eye?]]) So, as an addendum, let us reiterate that Eric's promises are always, always wrong -- [[DumbassHasAPoint except for that one night.]][[note]]Though it should be noted that Vince was the third choice for the "higher power" role. "The Jackyl" Don Callis was the rumored first choice, and Mankind was the second. Callis was fired months earlier and Mankind felt that him being the higher power wouldn't make sense.[[/note]]
17th Feb '16 12:12:28 PM SomeoneElse17
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* CarnivalOfKillers: In TNA he sent Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, Homicide, Tomko, and Desmond Wolfe after Abyss.

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* CarnivalOfKillers: In TNA he sent Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, Homicide, Tomko, and [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Desmond Wolfe Wolfe]] after Abyss.
11th Feb '16 9:47:08 PM Nyame
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** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", Biscoff tried to assuage fears backstage, predicting that [=McMahon=] would not be able to resist playing the higher power role. (What's that parable about [[NotSoDifferent the speck in your neighbor's eye?]]) So, as an addendum, let us reiterate that Eric's promises are always, always wrong -- [[DumbassHasAPoint except for that one night.]]

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** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", Biscoff tried to assuage fears backstage, predicting that [=McMahon=] would not be able to resist playing the higher power role. (What's that parable about [[NotSoDifferent the speck in your neighbor's eye?]]) So, as an addendum, let us reiterate that Eric's promises are always, always wrong -- [[DumbassHasAPoint except for that one night.]]]][[note]]Though it should be noted that Vince was the third choice for the "higher power" role. "The Jackyl" Don Callis was the rumored first choice, and Mankind was the second. Callis was fired months earlier and Mankind felt that him being the higher power wouldn't make sense.[[/note]]



** Despite huge profits rolling in from the sale of Rey masks, Bischoff decided he would be a bigger draw without his mask. He then proceeded to... do nothing with him(?).
** Despite Goldberg generating huge reactions from the crowd, Hogan and Bischoff turned him heel.

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** Despite huge profits rolling in from the sale of Rey masks, Bischoff decided he would be a bigger draw without his mask. He then proceeded to... do nothing with him(?).
him(?). Rey Mysterio later became one of the two most famous luchadors in the world (shared with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, another victim of WCW's lack of faith), including becoming a three-time world champion, while his mask is the most valuable one in all of mainstream wrestling.
** Despite Goldberg generating huge reactions from the crowd, Hogan and Bischoff turned him heel. Many, including Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, says that Goldberg's heel turn was the death knell of WCW.
12th Dec '15 9:11:01 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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Bischoff landed back in a seat of power at {{TNA}}, where he was in the company of friends such as Wrestling/HulkHogan and other ex-[=nWo=] honchos. Having played the same on screen role as he did in WCW, Bischoff was “fired” and put to work behind the scenes as an executive producer before eventually being sent home once his benefactor (Hogan) left the company. The more things change...

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Bischoff landed back in a seat of power at {{TNA}}, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, where he was in the company of friends such as Wrestling/HulkHogan and other ex-[=nWo=] honchos. Having played the same on screen role as he did in WCW, Bischoff was “fired” and put to work behind the scenes as an executive producer before eventually being sent home once his benefactor (Hogan) left the company. The more things change...
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