History Wrestling / EricBischoff

19th May '17 10:46:21 AM candleeater
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He invented modern wrestling. Bischoff is the reason the cruiserweight division existed in WCW, and were it not for that division, [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Eddie]], [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho Jericho]], [[Wrestling/ReyMysterio Rey]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a three-hour wrestling show (standard for WWE since 2001), with actual competitive matches being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWE was. The criticism that Bischoff was only successful in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used them far better than WWF did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash "Diesel's"]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWF, while Nash's main event run was WCW's most profitable year ever.

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He invented modern wrestling. Bischoff is the reason the cruiserweight division existed in WCW, and were it not for that division, [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Eddie]], [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho Jericho]], [[Wrestling/ReyMysterio Rey]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a three-hour wrestling show (standard for WWE {{Wrestling/WWE}} since 2001), with actual competitive matches being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWE was. The criticism that Bischoff was only successful in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used them far better than WWF WWE did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash "Diesel's"]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWF, WWE, while Nash's main event run was WCW's most profitable year ever.
19th May '17 10:40:56 AM candleeater
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WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced on the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. Though he held no actual power, he portrayed a great {{heel}} and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also introduced the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', both of which are still active. In 2009, Bischoff negotiated a deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. He played the same on-screen/off-screen role as he did on ''Nitro'', before eventually being sent home.

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WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced on as the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. Though he held no actual power, he portrayed a great {{heel}} and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also introduced the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', both of which are still active. In 2009, Bischoff negotiated a deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. He played the same on-screen/off-screen role as he did on ''Nitro'', before eventually being sent home.
18th May '17 8:45:30 PM candleeater
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Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1994-99, becoming a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" of {{professional wrestling}}.

A [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands man of many hats]], he was just a 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 dedicate his life to 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, he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) before WCW was bought up by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a [[ProtectionFromEditors blank check]] to do with as he pleased — which brings us to ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.

''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 the cruiswerweights and gave them a national stage to 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 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 worst drawing periods in 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. But all good things must come to an end, and Bischoff’s time at the top of WCW was no exception: He continued to spend wildly (mostly on [[ItsBeenDone has-beens and never-weres]] from the WWF) while ignoring [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted the long-term structural issues]] that would eventually cripple him. Opinion on Bischoff within the 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, 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 negotiated a deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. 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. The more things change...

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Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1994-99, becoming 1994-99. He was a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" of {{professional wrestling}}.[[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]].

A [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands man of many hats]], In 1991, he was just a 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 dedicate his life to 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, he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to
become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) of WCW before WCW it was bought up out by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a [[ProtectionFromEditors blank check]] to do with as he pleased — which brings us to ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.

''Nitro'' had He invented modern wrestling. Bischoff is the reason the cruiserweight division existed in WCW, and were it not for that division, [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Eddie]], [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho Jericho]], [[Wrestling/ReyMysterio Rey]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a more up-to-date, adult feel about it. Actual three-hour wrestling show (standard for WWE since 2001), with actual competitive matches were shown, compared to the multiple {{squash match}}es shown on ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' at the time. He brought in the cruiswerweights and gave them a national stage to compete on. being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWF WWE 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 Bischoff was only successful by in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used guys like [[Wrestling/KevinNash Nash]] and [[Wrestling/ScottHall Hall]] them far better than WWF did. "Diesel's" [[Wrestling/KevinNash "Diesel's"]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods in for 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
ever.

His ego was his downfall, not his intelligence. Also, they were constantly losing money due to
the Monday Night Wars, seemed [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] guys forming a mini-union to strongly favor WCW; WWF lost 80+ weeks back to back during one period. But all good things must come to an end, squeeze out the competition, and Bischoff’s time at the top of WCW was no exception: He continued to spend wildly (mostly on [[ItsBeenDone has-beens and never-weres]] from the WWF) while ignoring [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted the long-term structural issues]] that would eventually cripple him. Opinion on Bischoff within the IWC is split evenly down the middle. He's the ''only'' person to go toe-to-toe massive money contracts with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and win, and that fact that huge guarantees for people who [[CreatorsPet "didn't draw a dime".]] Giving them creative control in contracts was his biggest mistake of all.

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, ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff schmoozed his way into the enemy’s locker room: this time as resurfaced on the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. Though he held no actual power in the renamed-WWE, power, he portrayed a great heel {{heel}} and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also unveiled a number of innovations, including introduced the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', both of which are still active.

active. In 2009, Bischoff negotiated a deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Having He played the same on-screen on-screen/off-screen role as he did in WCW, Bischoff was “fired” and put to work behind the scenes as an executive producer on ''Nitro'', before eventually being sent home. The more things change...
home.

Opinions on Eric Bischoff are still split down the middle. He's the only creator to go toe-to-toe with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, and for that he is considered a hero by many.
15th May '17 11:00:37 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Bischoff’s “celebrity trumps talent” mandate started early. "Mongo" [=McMichaels=], a former defensive tackle for the Bears, was brought on as a commentator and (later) a co-founder of the new Horsemen. He brought his Chihuahua, Pepe, to the commentary desk and dressed him in funny costumes. Nothing more to add about Mongo, other than that [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Heenan]] mentions in his book that Bischoff is a huge football nut, so he hired him without any real training. Bischoff brought him back as a guest referee for the Monster's Ball Match at TNA ''Bound For Glory '08''.

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** Bischoff’s “celebrity trumps talent” mandate started early. Steve "Mongo" [=McMichaels=], [=McMichael=], a former defensive tackle for the Bears, was brought on as a commentator and (later) a co-founder of the new Horsemen. He brought his Chihuahua, Pepe, to the commentary desk and dressed him in funny costumes. Nothing more to add about Mongo, other than that [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Heenan]] mentions in his book that Bischoff is a huge football nut, so he hired him without any real training. Bischoff brought him back as a guest referee for the Monster's Ball Match at TNA ''Bound For Glory '08''.



* BaldOfEvil: One storyline involved Eric losing a match to [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], better known for his time as [[DoinkTheClown Doink the Clown]]. The loser of the match had to get their head shaved. Since Eric lost…

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* BaldOfEvil: One storyline involved Eric losing a match to [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], better known for his time as [[DoinkTheClown Doink the Clown]].Wrestling/DoinkTheClown. The loser of the match had to get their head shaved. Since Eric lost…
15th May '17 10:57:05 AM SomeoneElse17
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The unfolding of Bischoff's later career, however, was no accident. In the confusion of a coup d'état, he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) before WCW was bought up by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a [[ProtectionFromEditors blank check]] to do with as he pleased--which brings us to ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Night Nitro]]''.

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The unfolding of Bischoff's later career, however, was no accident. In the confusion of a coup d'état, he beat out Wrestling/JimRoss to become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) before WCW was bought up by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a [[ProtectionFromEditors blank check]] to do with as he pleased--which pleased — which brings us to ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Night Nitro]]''.''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.
15th May '17 10:55:44 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Years later, Bischoff ''doubled'' the corruption by hiring out Impact Zone security to "Gunner" and "Murphy", two heel security guards who basically whistled and filed their nails, all while Immortal pounded Eric's enemies to a bloody pulp. ''Jerry Springer'' has better security than Universal Studios does.

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** Years later, Bischoff ''doubled'' the corruption by hiring out Impact Zone security to "Gunner" Gunner and "Murphy", Murphy, two heel security guards who basically whistled and filed their nails, all while Immortal pounded Eric's enemies to a bloody pulp. ''Jerry Springer'' has better security than Universal Studios does.
15th May '17 10:54:29 AM SomeoneElse17
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--->'''Actual Fan Sign''': [[AC:Mick Foley put my ass in this seat]]
5th Dec '16 1:50:18 AM Xtifr
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'''Eric Aaron Bischoff''' is an American businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1994-99, becoming a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" of {{professional wrestling}}.

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'''Eric Eric Aaron Bischoff''' Bischoff is an American businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1994-99, becoming a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" of {{professional wrestling}}.
2nd Oct '16 8:20:32 AM JamesAustin
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* BigBad: Bischoff is almost always portrayed as this due to his status as a permanent heel and his near-omnipresence in a position of authority (be it for real or for show). Often demoted to [[TheDragon The Dragon]] when a [[BiggerBad Bigger Bad]] such as Wrestling/VinceMcMahon becomes involved.

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* BigBad: Bischoff is almost always portrayed as this due to his status as a permanent heel and his near-omnipresence in a position of authority (be it for real or for show). Often demoted to [[TheDragon The Dragon]] TheDragon when a [[BiggerBad Bigger Bad]] GreaterScopeVillain such as Wrestling/VinceMcMahon becomes involved.
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.
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