History Wrestling / EricBischoff

10th Nov '17 4:40:16 PM Nyame
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* ArchEnemy: Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not a part of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. In TNA, his own son.

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* ArchEnemy: ArchEnemy:
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Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not a part of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. In TNA, his own son.son.
** As far as RealLife goes, more than a fair few wrestlers still hold grudges from the Monday Night Wars. Bischoff himself ''despises'' Wrestling/VinceRusso (though apparently is professional enough to let it not get in the way of work, judging by the Hogan/Bischoff era of TNA). He hates Russo so much that him and Wrestling/JimCornette (who hates Russo more than anyone ever has and ever will) buried the hatchet over their shared hatred of the man.
1st Nov '17 11:00:10 AM system
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26th Oct '17 6:58:56 AM jakearmitage
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* CueTheFlyingPigs: When Vince and Eric hugged, it was as if hell had frozen over. Even the roster was stunned.
-->'''Bischoff''': ‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because [[AssPull I’d hardly even shaken his hand until this point]]. 'Sure, Vince.’

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* CueTheFlyingPigs: When Vince and Eric hugged, it was as if hell had frozen over. Even the roster was stunned.
-->'''Bischoff''': ‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because [[AssPull I’d hardly even shaken his hand until
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]:''' Bischoff starts asking this point]]. 'Sure, Vince.’''clown'' questions about "brake horsepower", and fucking "braking distance". And I'm like, "'''PUT THE''' '''''MATCH''''' '''OVER, ERIC!''' I don't CARE about the truck!"\\
'''Jay:''' ''"But we spent a hundred grand on it!"''


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* EasilyForgiven: When Vince and Eric hugged, it was as if hell had frozen over. Even the roster was stunned.
-->'''Bischoff''': ‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because [[AssPull I’d hardly even shaken his hand until this point]]. 'Sure, Vince.’
25th Oct '17 4:49:42 PM jakearmitage
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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, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a three-hour wrestling show (standard for {{Wrestling//WWE}} since 2001), with actual competitive matches being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWE were. The criticism that Bischoff was only successful in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used them better than WWE did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel's]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWE, while Kevin 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, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a three-hour wrestling show (standard for {{Wrestling//WWE}} {{Wrestling/WWE}} since 2001), with actual competitive matches being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWE were. The criticism that Bischoff was only successful in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used them better than WWE did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel's]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWE, while Kevin Nash's main event run was WCW's most profitable year ever.



WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced as the General Manager of ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. Though he held no actual power, he portrayed a great heel and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also unveiled 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 ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'', before eventually being sent home to sell beer. (Bischoff doesn't pull any [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott Halls]] but he does own his own brewery.)

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WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced as the General Manager of ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. Though he held no actual power, he portrayed a great heel and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also unveiled the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank, ''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 ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'', before eventually being sent home to sell beer. (Bischoff doesn't pull any [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott Halls]] but he does own his own brewery.)



* DrunkenSong: Stone Cold making Easy-E sing his own theme song. This occurred at the "Redneck Triathlon" (''Bad Blood'' 2003) after the two of them got drunk.



* InSeriesNickname: "Eazy-E", after the diminutive [[Music/EazyE rap artist.]] (Sometimes rendered as "Sleazy-E.")



* TheNapoleon: The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]]. Even that's debatable. The only thing more fragile than Eric is a referee. Even that's debatable.



* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** The only thing more fragile than Eric is a referee. Even that's debatable.
** Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at ''No Way Out'').

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** The only thing more fragile than Eric is a referee. Even that's debatable.
**
PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at ''No Way Out'').



** His WCW theme captured his sleaziness. It's "White Train" by Tito & Tarantula, the same song they used in that big fight scene in ''{{Film/Desperado}}''.

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** His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYkcJafsnns WCW theme theme]] captured his sleaziness. It's "White Train" by Tito & Tarantula, the same song they used in that big fight scene in ''{{Film/Desperado}}''.



* SmugSnake: Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. Even in his announcer days, he looks very untrustworthy.

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* SitcomArchnemesis: Stone Cold during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air for sure. In one episode, Bischoff fires Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who then barges in and yells, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
* SmugSnake: Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. Even in his announcer days, [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbp7n9hzJb1qzx70zo1_1280.png?.jpg he looks very untrustworthy.]]
25th Oct '17 11:21:15 AM jakearmitage
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Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1993-99. He was a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]].

In 1991, he become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) of WCW before it was bought 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''.

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 {{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 better than WWE did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash "Diesel's"]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWE, while Nash's main event run was WCW's most profitable year ever.

His ego was his downfall, not his intelligence. Also, they were constantly losing money due to the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] guys forming a mini-union to squeeze out the competition, and massive money contracts with huge guarantees for people who [[CreatorsPet "didn't draw a dime".]] Giving them creative control in contracts was his biggest mistake of all.

WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced 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.

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.

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Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American model (seriously), businessman, booker, and commentator best known for managing Wrestling/{{WCW}} {{Wrestling/WCW}} from 1993-99. He was became a top general in the "Wrestling/MondayNightWars" Wrestling/MondayNightWars of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]].

In 1991, he become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) of WCW before it was bought 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''.

wrestling]].

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]], Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], etc. would not exist in the same capacity. Bischoff set the template for a three-hour wrestling show (standard for {{Wrestling/WWE}} {{Wrestling//WWE}} since 2001), with actual competitive matches being shown. He was doing pyro and large indoor sets well before WWE was.were. The criticism that Bischoff was only successful in using talent that was [[ItsBeenDone built up elsewhere]] is valid, but then WCW used them better than WWE did. [[Wrestling/KevinNash "Diesel's"]] Diesel's]] main event run was one of the worst drawing periods for WWE, while Kevin Nash's main event run was WCW's most profitable year ever.

ever.

His ego was his downfall, not his intelligence. Also, they were constantly losing money due to the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] nWo]] guys forming a mini-union to squeeze out the competition, and massive money contracts with huge guarantees for people who [[CreatorsPet "didn't draw a dime".]] dime". Giving them [[WrittenByCastMember creative control control]] in contracts was his biggest mistake of all.

WWE would emerge victorious in the ratings war. In 2002, Bischoff resurfaced as the General Manager of ''Wrestling/WWERaw''. ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. Though he held no actual power, he portrayed a great {{heel}} heel and was greeted by a chorus of boos whenever he spoke. He also introduced unveiled the ''Elimination Chamber'' and ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank'', ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank, both of which are still active. In 2009, Bischoff negotiated a deal with Wrestling/{{TNA}}. {{Wrestling/TNA}}. He played the same on-screen/off-screen role as he did on ''Nitro'', ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'', before eventually being sent home.

Opinions on Eric Bischoff are still split down the middle. He's the only creator
home to go toe-to-toe with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, and for that sell beer. (Bischoff doesn't pull any [[Wrestling/ScottHall Scott Halls]] but he is considered a hero by many.
does own his own brewery.)




* 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 that Linda [=McMahon=] felt the need to come out and stop him from acting on anything he said.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** A [[TheDogWasTheMastermind milquetoast color commentator]] who rises to power as the result of a [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob much-publicized screwjob]]? [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Hmm, we're stumped]].
** Bischoff first came up with the Outsiders idea while watching the [[Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation UWFI]]/[[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling New Japan]] "invasion" that same year. Heel Bischoff was likely modeled off his close friend Sonny Onoo: an evil emcee who is tiny and unapologetic does it all with a shit-eating grin.
* ArchEnemy: Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not a part of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. In TNA, his own son.
* TheAtoner: Zig-zagged. He's definitely not above 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.
* AuthorAppeal:
** It's just possible that Eric Bischoff might be into automobiles. But don't quote us on that.
--->'''[[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!"''
** The entirety of Hog Wild/Road Wild was this for Bischoff. He was a huge Harley-Davidson fan, so che hose the giant Sturgis rally as the place for a new pay-per-view. Unfortunately, his meant there was no live gate proceeds (typically several hundred thousand dollars for a PPV), and the ring was surrounded by a bunch of drunk, racist bikers who didn't really give a damn about wrestling.
** 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 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). 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.
* BadBoss:
** Boss heels are power-mad by design, and Bischoff was no exception. Unfortunately, more than one wrestler has claimed Eric shared much in common with his "character" during his WCW reign: most notably Wrestling/RicFlair in his book, ''To Be The Man''.
** 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 Hulkamaniac]], and much of what he did/said in the mid-to-late nineties was probably acting on chance suggestions by Hogan.
* BaldOfEvil: One storyline involved Eric losing a match to [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], better known for his time as Wrestling/DoinkTheClown. The loser of the match had to get their head shaved. Since Eric lost…
* BatmanGambit: In his words and imitating Ted Turner's accent he was asked, "Ah, Eric, ah, what do we have to do to compete with WWF?" His answer? To give him prime time. Turner accepted and placed ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' against ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. Cue the Wrestling/MondayNightWars and nearly two years as the king of the mountain in ProfessionalWrestling.
* BestBeerEver: Bischoff doesn’t pull any Wrestling/{{Scott Hall}}s but he does own his own brewery.
* 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 when a GreaterScopeVillain such as Wrestling/VinceMcMahon becomes involved.
* BigShutUp: While nowhere near the level of [=McMahon=], Eric has let out a few of these during his WWE career. Typically done to a heel subordinate that has displeased him.
* BornLucky: Bischoff is living proof of the old doctrine, "Tis better to be lucky than good." He had a great run with WCW, took them to the top, and could've put WWE out of business had his luck not run out.
* BringMyBrownPants: Bischoff is ‘’very’’ good at giving facial expressions which convey this thought, especially when he has to perform in the ring against larger wrestlers.
* BullyingADragon
** Pretty much any time Bischoff tries to pick a fight with any professional wrestler, most notably his trying to attack [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] when Giant [[CrushingHandshake caught Hogan's fist and squeezed him into submission]].
** 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 and Eric would 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 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.
* CaptainObvious: One of his insults to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon was "I've got testicles, and you don't."
* 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 him was his boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]], who was standing right in front of him. Vince’s reaction? A ''smile''.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In TNA he sent Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, Homicide, Tomko, and [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Desmond Wolfe]] after Abyss.
* CatchPhrase
** See the page quote for his most famous one. It’s even the title of his book.
** Eric does the opposite of the cheap pops that [[MickFoley Mick Foley]] typically does where Mick addresses the crowd by saying the town’s name with a thumbs-up pose. Eric, as a heel, lays out an insult towards certain people, then says the name of the town he is in to imply the audience is full of those who he just insulted. Occasionally he does it [[StealthInsult so sneakily that it goes over the crowd’s heads]].
--> “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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\n* AllMenArePerverts: A frequently alluded to frequently-alluded flaw of his. It led to him Eric booking himself in a match with Wrestling/TrishStratus 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 him, too, before [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] Victoria and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] Jazz interfered on his behalf, after which behalf. Afterward, his victory speech was so creepy that Linda [=McMahon=] felt the need to come out and stop him from acting on anything he said.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** A [[TheDogWasTheMastermind milquetoast color commentator]] commentator who rises was later revealed to power as be the result head of a [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob much-publicized screwjob]]? [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon the company. Hmm, we're stumped]].
stumped.
** Bischoff cribbed the nWo from his friend Sonny Onoo (of Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling). Bischoff first came up with the Outsiders idea while watching the [[Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation UWFI]]/[[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling New Japan]] UWFI/New Japan "invasion" that same year. Heel Bischoff was likely modeled off his close friend Sonny Onoo: an evil emcee Onoo played the liaison for New Japan: a black-suited hypeman who is tiny and unapologetic and does it all with a shit-eating grin.
* ArchEnemy: Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not ArchnemesisDad: There was a part storyline of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. In TNA, his own son.
Garrett Bischoff being a crooked ref-turned-babyface "screw you dad" wrestler. Then he joined the Wrestling/AcesAndEights.
* TheAtoner: Zig-zagged. He's definitely not above SelfDeprecation in recent interviews AscendedExtra: Bischoff was [[Wrestling/JimRoss J.R.'s]] lackey, both on-screen and does seem off. Eric later being picked for Executive Producer is what led to regret ''some'' Ross' resignation, since "Good Ol'" J.R. had been considered a shoe-in for the position. In 1991, he become Executive Producer (and later Vice President) of his past actions, there are other things he's done WCW before it was bought out by Turner Broadcasting. This gave him a direct line to Ted Turner and a blank check to do with as he pleased — which brings us to ''Nitro''. In the late nineties, he joined the New World Order and became their primary spokesman, though by that many people consider bad or morally wrong that he'll defend point, he kinda had to. For the nWo to this day.
be running rampant, it would look silly and ineffectual if he wasn't involved.
* AuthorAppeal:
AuthorAppeal:
** It's just possible that Eric Bischoff might be into automobiles. But don't quote us on that.
--->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]:''' Bischoff starts askin' this ''clown'' questions about "brake horsepower",
is responsible for moving WCW to Monday Nights and fuckin' "braking distance". And I'm like, "'''PUT THE''' '''''MATCH''''' '''OVER, ERIC!''' I don't CARE about going live. From 1993-1995, fans were getting tired of the truck!"\\
'''Jay:''' ''"But we [[SkewedPriorities spent a hundred grand]] on it!"''
** The entirety
WWF's scripted form of Hog Wild/Road Wild wrestling. To Bischoff, a fan of NFL football, spontaneity was this for Bischoff. He the most important part: ''Nitro'' was a huge Harley-Davidson fan, so che hose the giant Sturgis rally as the place for a new pay-per-view. Unfortunately, his meant there was no live gate proceeds (typically several hundred thousand dollars for to have a PPV), and the ring was surrounded by a bunch of drunk, racist bikers who didn't really give a damn about wrestling.
** Wrestling/JimCornette cited this as
Monday Night Football feel to it. Like you were watching an actual sporting event. This is also the reason behind for "Mongo" [=McMichael=]s igning with WCW. He had mainstream name recognition as an ex-Super Bowl champion, a smoking hot wife as a valet/manager, and he was halfway decent on the NWO's success, them being mic. His in-ring skills definitely left a lot to be desired, though.
** Jericho put it best: WCW had a great undercard in terms of talent, but not-so-great main events. WWE had a so-so undercard, but stellar main events. The cruiserweights were a main reason for this, but towards
the kind latter half of men Eric the Monday Night Wars, WWE improved a lot in this area. He wasn't the first promoter ever in the US to give wrestlers that small that big of a platform ([[Wrestling/PaulHeyman Heyman]] did it first), but Bischoff wishes played a big role. Two weeks before Rey's U.S. debut, Bischoff attended the World Wrestling Peace Festival in '96 and got his first look at Rey, who he was. had already signed in large part thanks to Konnan. Prior to this, many people were in Bischoff's ear talking down Rey because no one that small had ever been seriously pushed in the US, and some people thought it would make WCW look like a joke. Bischoff saw him wrestle and was so impressed that, when Rey made his debut two weeks later at the Great American Bash, he and Wrestling/DeanMalenko were given nearly 20 minutes. That match was so good that it made the cruiserweights popular with the WCW fanbase and won over everyone in the locker room who was skeptical of Rey's size. Bischoff was the reason the cruiserweight division existed in WCW, and were it not for that division, the entire "flippy" genre wouldn't exist in the same capacity. Eddie, Jericho, Rey, etc. all made their names in that division. WWE probably wouldn't have given them the time of day had they not gone over with the crowd.
**
He has a thing for giant power stables and motorcycles in general, Wrestling/AcesAndEights general. According to Wrestling/JimCornette, the nWo and the Aces 'n Eights are enough evidence of this.
**
this (having lots of wrestlers invoked in angles is still considered nWo-esque), them being the kind of men Eric wishes he was. The WCW PPV event Hog Wild/Road Wild entirety of ''Hog Wild''[=/=]''Road Wild'' was his idea entirely because he was a huge wish-fulfillment on Eric's part: He chose the giant Sturgis motorcycle fan. It was done rally as the site 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 his new pay-per-view, specifically because 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.
* BadBoss:
** Boss heels are power-mad by design, and
is what Bischoff was no exception. Unfortunately, more than one wrestler has claimed legitimately into and was what he thought was cool.
* BadBoss: Executive Vice-President
Eric shared much in common with his "character" during his WCW reign: most notably Wrestling/RicFlair in his book, ''To Be The Man''.
** According to Wrestling/JimCornette in the ''Monday Night Wars'' DVD,
Bischoff summoned a meeting was shown to be collaborating with all the WCW stars where he announced nWo, whose mission was to take over WCW. The difference is 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 joined a Hulkamaniac]], and much of what he did/said in faction, while [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Mr. McMahon]] was very clearly the mid-to-late nineties was probably acting on chance suggestions by Hogan.
* BaldOfEvil: One storyline involved Eric losing a match to [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], better known for his time as Wrestling/DoinkTheClown. The loser of the match had to get their head shaved. Since Eric lost…
* BatmanGambit: In his words and imitating Ted Turner's accent he was asked, "Ah, Eric, ah, what do we have to do to compete with WWF?" His answer? To give him prime time. Turner accepted and placed ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' against ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]''. Cue the Wrestling/MondayNightWars and nearly two years as the king of the mountain in ProfessionalWrestling.
* BestBeerEver: Bischoff doesn’t pull any Wrestling/{{Scott Hall}}s but he does own his own brewery.
* 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 when a GreaterScopeVillain such as Wrestling/VinceMcMahon becomes involved.
boss.
* BigShutUp: While nowhere near the level of [=McMahon=], Eric has let out a few of these during his WWE career. Typically done to a heel subordinate that who has displeased him.
him.
* BornLucky: BrainsAndBrawn: He’s a schemer for sure. Eric Bischoff is living proof from Halloween Havok '97 to Havok '98 rivaled Vince in terms of the old doctrine, "Tis better to be lucky than good." just oozing heat. He had a great run was cowardly and annoying, with WCW, took them to the top, and could've put WWE out of business had his luck not run out.
* BringMyBrownPants: Bischoff is ‘’very’’
good at giving facial expressions which convey this thought, especially when looks and power—but unlike Vince, he has to perform in the ring against larger wrestlers.
was vulnerable and only upright because he was hiding behind Wrestling/HulkHogan (who himself was hiding behind a wall of wrestlers.)
* BullyingADragon
**
BullyingADragon: Pretty much any time Bischoff tries to pick a fight with any professional wrestler, most notably his trying to attack [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] when Giant [[CrushingHandshake the latter caught Hogan's fist and squeezed him into submission]].
** 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 and Eric would get his ass handed to him.
submission.
* ButtMonkey: [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]] had to thoroughly enjoy the angle where he was co-GM Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin must have enjoyed his tenure as "co"-GM with Bischoff Bischoff, if only because he got to manhandle Eric every ''Raw'' episode for a few months. Also Also, 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.
* CaptainObvious: One of his insults to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon was "I've got testicles, and you don't."
dressing-down.
* 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 him was his boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]], Vince, who was standing right in front of him. Vince’s reaction? A ''smile''.
smile.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In TNA TNA, he sent Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, Raven, Rhino, Homicide, Tomko, and [[Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness Desmond Wolfe]] Wolfe after Abyss.
* CatchPhrase
{{Catchphrase}}:
** See the page quote for his most famous one. It’s even the title of his book. \n** Eric does the opposite of the cheap pops that [[MickFoley Mick Foley]] typically does where Mick addresses the crowd by saying the town’s name with a thumbs-up pose. Eric, as a heel, lays out an insult towards certain people, then says the name of the town he is in to imply the audience is full of those who he just insulted. Occasionally he does it [[StealthInsult so sneakily that it goes over the crowd’s heads]]. \n--> “I never did like the hicks around town back in my WCW days. Being here in Birmingham is a grim reminder of those times."



* CheapHeat: He’s not above trolling his viewership to get a reaction, both online and off. He plays the smarmy bastard to perfection and is confident on the mic.
* TheChewToy:
** Reid Flair, Ric's 10-year-old son, spearing him through the ropes and giving him the Horseman salute. "Where the big boys play", indeed.
** The Rikishi stunt mentioned below.
** Getting shoved into a portable toilet, which was then tipped over as the Impact Zone crowd gave him the [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye"]] treatment.

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* CheapHeat: He’s not above trolling his viewership TheChewToy: His permanent role in WWF, though he did manage to get a reaction, both online and off. He plays the smarmy bastard to perfection and is confident on the mic.
* TheChewToy:
** Reid Flair, Ric's 10-year-old son, spearing him through the ropes and giving him the Horseman salute. "Where the big boys play", indeed.
** The Rikishi stunt mentioned below.
** Getting shoved into a portable toilet, which was then tipped over as the Impact Zone crowd gave him the [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye"]] treatment.
some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head.



* ConspicuousConsumption: Bizarro Oprah gives away limousines/chopper bikes/monster trucks and [[MoneyToThrowAway throws them off buildings]].
* CueTheFlyingPigs: When Vince and Eric hugged, it was as if hell had frozen over. Even the ''roster'' was stunned.
* DealWithTheDevil: Announcers will refer to wrestlers who willingly work with Bischoff to get ahead as an example of this. Funnily enough, this was used by the announce teams of WWE when Vince and Bischoff were revealed to be working together when Vince hired Eric to be the ''Raw'' general manager. But no one specified which one was the devil.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Eric spooked his enemies in Stamford by leaking the ''Raw'' results while on commentary. While admittedly unethical according to Mene Gene, it pointed a big spotlight on how formulaic the WWF was at the time, so "to ''hell'' with ethics!" It also turned into a great heat magnet for Eric...until WWF switched tactics, putting over Foley, and Bischoff leaked that too. Had he not foreshadowed Mick's win, ''Nitro'' would have carried the night.
* DirtyOldMan: Right up there with [=McMahon=], though not nearly as old. But keep in mind Bischoff was around 50 during his time with the WWE.
* DiscoDan: During his time in TNA, Eric seemed either unable or unwilling to move on from his WCW heyday.
* TheDogBitesBack: After being bribed, coerced and bullied by Evolution into giving them shortcuts to championships, stacking matches in their favor and the like, the one time Eric needed them, when he was getting shaved bald by Eugene, and Evolution didn't even bat an eyelash. Cue Eric telling Flair the next night that he can't be demanded anymore, then up and leaving ''Raw'' for a month, leaving control of ''Raw'' to the winning team of Team HHH vs. Team Orton at Survivor Series 2004. The way he booked it, having control rotate between the team members by the week, even a victory by Evolution would have likely caused chaos within the group.
* TheDragon:
** To Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in the WWE, until Vince fired him.
** In RealLife, he was this to Ted Turner during the Monday Night Wars (That or the NumberTwo [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on which company you saw as the "Good Guys"]])
*** DragonInChief / HypercompetentSidekick: Between himself and Ted Turner, while Ted had more resources an status, Eric was clearly the savvier individual when it came to being a wrestling promoter and was clearly the bigger threat to WWE's success. Even if Ted had the more personal rivalry with Vince.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: How the Bisch ended up bear-hugging Vince on ''Raw'', to [[EtTuBrute the vocal disgust of millions]]. He later reasoned that any heat is good heat, as long as it gave him a platform. From ''Controversy Creates Cash'':
-->''“About seven o’clock, a stretch limo arrived at my hotel to take me to the arena...[=Vince McMahon=] came by. It was the first time we had met face to face since that interview in 1990. He sat in the car and gave me a little pep talk.''\\\
''‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because I’d [[AssPull hardly even shaken his hand]] until this point.''\\\
''[='=]Sure, Vince.’"''
* TheEvilGenius: He’s a schemer for sure. He was the more suave of the [=nWo=] mooks, with a smaller physique and slick helmet of hair that signposted him as the 'brains' of the outfit.
* EvilUncle: To [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]][!] on Raw.

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* ConspicuousConsumption: Bizarro Oprah gives away limousines/chopper bikes/monster trucks and [[MoneyToThrowAway throws them off buildings]].
buildings.
* CueTheFlyingPigs: When Vince and Eric hugged, it was as if hell had frozen over. Even the ''roster'' roster was stunned.
-->'''Bischoff''': ‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because [[AssPull I’d hardly even shaken his hand until this point]]. 'Sure, Vince.’
* DealWithTheDevil: Announcers will refer to wrestlers who willingly work with Bischoff to get ahead as an example of this.example. Funnily enough, this was used by the announce teams of WWE when Vince and Bischoff were revealed to be working together when Vince hired Eric to be the ''Raw'' general manager. But no one specified which one was the devil.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: Eric spooked his enemies in Stamford by leaking the ''Raw'' results while on commentary. While admittedly unethical according to Mene Gene, it pointed a big spotlight on how formulaic the WWF was at the time, so "to ''hell'' with ethics!" It also turned into a great heat magnet for Eric...until WWF switched tactics, putting over Foley, and Bischoff leaked that too. Had he not foreshadowed Mick's win, ''Nitro'' would have carried the night.
* DirtyOldMan: Right up there with [=McMahon=], though not nearly as old. But keep in mind Bischoff was around 50 during his time with the WWE.
* DiscoDan: During his time in TNA, Eric seemed either unable or unwilling to move on from his WCW heyday.
WWE.
* TheDogBitesBack: After being bribed, coerced and bullied by Evolution into giving them shortcuts to championships, stacking matches in their favor and the like, the one time Eric needed them, when he was getting shaved bald by Eugene, and Evolution {{Wrestling/Evolution}} didn't even bat an eyelash. Cue Eric telling Flair Wrestling/RicFlair the next night that he can't be demanded depended on anymore, then up and leaving ''Raw'' Raw for a month, leaving control of ''Raw'' to the winning team of Team HHH [[Wrestling/TripleH HHH]] vs. Team [[Wrestling/RandyOrton]] Orton at Survivor Series ''Survivor Series'' 2004. The way he booked it, having control rotate between the team members by the week, even a victory by Evolution would have likely caused chaos within the group.
* TheDragon:
** To Wrestling/VinceMcMahon in the WWE, until Vince fired him.
** In RealLife, he was this to Ted Turner during the Monday Night Wars (That or the NumberTwo [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on which company you saw as the "Good Guys"]])
*** DragonInChief / HypercompetentSidekick: Between himself and Ted Turner, while Ted had more resources an status, Eric was clearly the savvier individual when it came to being a wrestling promoter and was clearly the bigger threat to WWE's success. Even if Ted had the more personal rivalry with Vince.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: How the Bisch ended up bear-hugging Vince on ''Raw'', to [[EtTuBrute the vocal disgust of millions]]. He later reasoned that any heat is good heat, as long as it gave him a platform. From ''Controversy Creates Cash'':
-->''“About seven o’clock, a stretch limo arrived at my hotel to take me to the arena...[=Vince McMahon=] came by. It was the first time we had met face to face since that interview in 1990. He sat in the car and gave me a little pep talk.''\\\
''‘When you come out, Eric, I want you to give me a big hug. Let’s embrace.’ Which was kind of odd, because I’d [[AssPull hardly even shaken his hand]] until this point.''\\\
''[='=]Sure, Vince.’"''
* TheEvilGenius: He’s a schemer for sure. He was the more suave of the [=nWo=] mooks, with a smaller physique and slick helmet of hair that signposted him as the 'brains' of the outfit.
* EvilUncle: To [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]][!] Eugene[!] on Raw.''Raw.''



* FlippingTheBird: He gives his middle finger some air time occasionally. [[http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr160/fishbulb-suplex/Wrestlers/Eric%20Bischoff/bischoff1.jpg An example.]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The "Hot Lesbian Action" angle, which was actually a {{take that}} to Eric Bischoff. He and his real life spouse had got in some legal trouble over a proposed threesome -- a truly foolish mistake on Bischoff's part, since he knew better than anyone how desperate the 60-year-old WWE is for fresh story material. So, in typical form, the WWE decided to incorporate Eric's public humiliation into his character, even though it turned off TNN through whom Raw was broadcast in the USA. During the brand extension era when he was general manager of Raw and Stephanie [=McMahon=] ran Smackdown, his stated goal was to make Stephanie engage in carpet munching somehow(!), and even planned to hire a woman to assault her. It turned out to be Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} in disguise, and he just stinkfaced Eric. That'll learn yeh, Easy-E.
* HammyHerald: '''HELLLLLLLLL IN A CELLLLLLLLL!!'''
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Eric has made some decisions that in hindsight were more than just terrible (view [[ItWillNeverCatchOn It Will Never Catch On]] below for wrestler examples), the most significant one being his nonstop pushing for the nWo to win everything and have near omnipresent screen time, even after the fans began booing a wrestler just because he was wearing nWo colors. Because Eric's background was in sales, and not pro wrestling as such, some pundits believe he focused too much on merchandising and branding and not enough on booking stellar matches.
* {{Heel}}: One of the best examples in wrestling history. The main reason is because the vast majority of his career was him being a heel.
* HeelFaceTurn: TNA actually tried this with Eric. Since Bischoff had been nothing but a heel to the people for years (his entire WWE run was heel from start to finish, with the exception of a short period between turning on Evolution and hating Wrestling/JohnCena -- for how that went, read on), he handled his new face persona… not well. Things went back to normal before long.
* HellBentForLeather: If Bischoff isn't wearing a suit, he is probably wearing leather.

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* FleetingDemographic Rule: Hogan and Bischoff did a whole lot for TNA, commercially at least, that the Wrestling/JeffJarrett era could seemingly never do. The reason the wheels fell off is that they moved the show to Mondays, and then they botched the On-The-Road move in 2013, causing a chain reaction which led to them losing a ton of money, having to offload a lot of big stars, and causing Spike to drop them the next year. They got too cocky and tried to recreate the Monday Night Wars. It was so bad that ''[[{{Website/WrestleCrap}} WrestlingCrap]]'' handed their annual Gooker Award to the "New" Monday Night War.
* FlippingTheBird: He gives his middle finger some air time occasionally. [[http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr160/fishbulb-suplex/Wrestlers/Eric%20Bischoff/bischoff1.jpg An example.]]
occasionally.
* Friendly Enemy: Vince has this warped respect for him because WCW kicked his ass for 84 weeks. Bischoff was treated extremely well at WWE, and is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the Monday Night Wars. The interviewees typically blame Hogan, Nash, et. al for the death of WCW, and rarely talk about Bischoff. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room!) taking the piss out of Ted Turner, the "Huckster", and the "Nacho Man"... but no Eric in sight.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The "Hot Lesbian Action" angle, which was actually a {{take that}} take that to Eric Bischoff. He and his real life spouse had got in some legal trouble over a proposed threesome -- a truly foolish mistake on Bischoff's part, since he knew better than anyone how desperate the 60-year-old WWE is for fresh story material. threesome. So, in typical form, the WWE decided to incorporate Eric's public humiliation into his character, even though it turned pissed off TNN through (through whom Raw ''Raw'' was broadcast in the USA. USA). During the brand extension era when he was general manager of Raw and Stephanie [=McMahon=] ran Smackdown, ''[[{{Wrestling/WWESmackdown}} Smackdown]]'', his stated goal was to make Stephanie engage in carpet munching somehow(!), somehow, and even planned to hire a woman to assault her. It turned out to be Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} {{Wrestling/Rikishi}} in disguise, and he just stinkfaced Eric. That'll learn yeh, Easy-E.
Eric.
* HammyHerald: '''HELLLLLLLLL IN A CELLLLLLLLL!!'''
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Eric has made some decisions that in hindsight were more than just terrible (view [[ItWillNeverCatchOn It Will Never Catch On]] below for wrestler examples), the most significant one being his nonstop pushing for the nWo to win everything and have near omnipresent screen time, even after the fans began booing a wrestler just because he was wearing nWo colors. Because Eric's background was in sales, and not pro wrestling as such, some pundits believe he focused too much on merchandising and branding and not enough on booking stellar matches.
* {{Heel}}:
HeManWomanHater: One of the best examples in wrestling history. The main reason is because the vast majority of his career quips to Wrestling/Stephanie was him being a heel.
"I've got testicles, and you don't."
* HeelFaceTurn: TNA actually tried this with Eric. Since Bischoff had been nothing but a heel to the people for years (his entire WWE run was heel from start to finish, with the exception of a short period between turning on Evolution and hating Wrestling/JohnCena -- John Cena — for how that went, read on), he handled his new face persona… not well. Things went back to normal before long.
* HellBentForLeather: If HumiliationConga:
** One storyline involved Eric losing a match to Eugene, better known for his time as Doink the Clown. The loser of the match had to get their head shaved. Since Eric lost…
** Getting shoved into a portable toilet, which was then tipped over as the Impact Zone crowd gave him the "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye" treatment. It's somehow fitting that Eric
Bischoff isn't wearing a suit, he is probably wearing leather.took wrestling to the the outhouse, and then left it via an outhouse.



* IAmSong[=/=]HesBack: His WWE theme was called "I'm Back."
* ILied: Lead Douglas Williams (television), The Motor City Machine Guns (tag) and Wrestling/JayLethal (X) into a trap on the Impact before ''Genesis 2011'' by calling a truce between Immortal and all title holders not in Immortal. Genesis would have been a clean sweep [[NearVillainVictory if not]] for Immortal's own champion Wrestling/JeffHardy losing to Mr Anderson.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Attempted to do in the 90s what [=Vince McMahon=] did to the southern territories in the 80s: starve his competition by buying up all of their talent. Problem is, most of those stars were past their sell-by dates and ''way'' more demanding than the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]]/[[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] carnies Vince had picked up. The final insult: WWF pillaged all of WCW's [[{{Jobber}} underused wrestlers]] to replace the ones Bischoff stole.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** This might be Bischoff's biggest flaw: saying certain wrestlers will not succeed and then letting them go only for those people to become superstars. Some argue that this has as much to do with WCW ultimately losing to the WWF as Vince Russo's booking. (It's hard to win a war if you keep handing your enemy ammunition.)
** Austin was originally a Hollywood Blonde, before he got fired by Eric Bischoff over the phone. (Still better than Bischoff's traditional method, i.e. [=FedEx=].)
** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", 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]]
** Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Jim Ross and Steve Austin are 3 examples of people Bischoff said would not draw. And during TNA’s State of the Union address in 2010, he even affirmed that he ''liked'' Jericho but would fire him again in a heartbeat. Fast forward to now. Jericho has been in the upper card of ''Raw'' for over a decade and is still going strong, Jim Ross is widely considered to be to commentating what Ric Flair is to wrestling, and Stone Cold went on to be one of the most popular and successful wrestlers of all time.
** While he owns up to having said that about Chris Jericho, he denies he ever said that about Steve Austin. He said he did recognize that Austin had talent, but at the time he was rather unprofessional. Which probably has some truth to it, since Austin can be difficult to work with. Vince probably had a higher tolerance for it.
** The words of Wrestling/TonySchiavone: "Fans, [[DontTouchItYouIdiot don't even think about changing the channel]], because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley (who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack) is going to win their world title! Heh. That's gonna put some butts in the seats. ''Heh.''"
--->'''Actual Fan Sign''': [[AC:Mick Foley put my ass in this seat]]
** According to Flair, Bischoff and co. were marinated in delusion and genuinely thought WWE was going to fold any day now.
--->'''Actual Fan Sign''': [[AC:Bischoff, Subway is hiring]]
** 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(?). 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.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Whenever he is in a position of power, expect this to be his mindset.
* ItsPersonal: The "war" eventually became an escalating (if publicity-motivated) war of words between Eric and [=Vince McMahon=]. The "[[AC:WWF FEARS NITRO]]" signs were replaced by "[[AC:VINCE FEARS ERIC]]", and Bischoff announced that a sparring match between himself and [=McMahon=] would main-event an upcoming PPV. This was followed by [[TrainingMontage a black & white montage]] of a diminutive Bischoff "training" to beat up Vince. WWE responded through its attorneys, stating that saying that Vince would not appear on the PPV and that WCW had no authority to say he will.
-->'''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1998124m.htm DDT]]''': Seeing Bischoff's chest makes me think of a song. I don't know who sang it, but it's a song from the 70s called [[GeekPhysiques "Blinded by the Light"]].
* JokerJury:

to:

* IAmSong[=/=]HesBack: His WWE theme was called "I'm Back."
* ILied:
IAmSong: He's back, and better than ever. You might have heard he has a knack for making things better. It's probably best you face facts because, to be quite frank, your opinion don't matter. We've heard him described as a maniac. And it seems as though he is willing to step on whomever. But now it's time to step in line, because he's about to make some changes.
*ILied:
Lead Douglas Williams (television), The Motor City Machine Guns (tag) and Wrestling/JayLethal Jay Lethal (X) into a trap on the Impact before ''Genesis 2011'' Genesis 2011 by calling a truce between Immortal and all title holders not in Immortal. Genesis would have been a clean sweep [[NearVillainVictory if not]] not for Immortal's own champion Wrestling/JeffHardy Jeff Hardy losing to Mr Mr. Anderson.
* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Attempted to do in the 90s what [=Vince McMahon=] did to the southern territories in the 80s: starve his competition by buying up all of their talent. Problem is, most of those stars were past their sell-by dates ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** Chris Jericho, Jim Ross,
and ''way'' more demanding than the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]]/[[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]] carnies Vince had picked up. The final insult: WWF pillaged all of WCW's [[{{Jobber}} underused wrestlers]] to replace the ones Bischoff stole.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** This might be Bischoff's biggest flaw: saying certain wrestlers will not succeed and then letting them go only for those people to become superstars. Some argue that this has as much to do with WCW ultimately losing to the WWF as Vince Russo's booking. (It's hard to win a war if you keep handing your enemy ammunition.)
** Austin was originally a Hollywood Blonde, before he got fired by Eric Bischoff over the phone. (Still better than Bischoff's traditional method, i.e. [=FedEx=].)
** Shortly before the much-anticipated reveal of WWE's secretive "[[Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness higher power]]", 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]]
** Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Jim Ross and
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin are 3 three examples of people Bischoff said would not draw. And during TNA’s State of the Union address in 2010, he even affirmed that he ''liked'' Jericho but would fire him again in a heartbeat.draw. Fast forward to now. Jericho has been in the upper card of ''Raw'' for over a decade and is still going strong, Jim Ross is widely considered to be to commentating what Ric Flair is to wrestling, and Stone Cold went on to be one of the most popular and successful wrestlers of all time.
**
time. (Hard to win a war if you keep handing your enemy ammunition.) While he owns up to having said that about Chris Jericho, he denies he ever said that about Steve Austin. He said he did recognize that Austin had talent, but at the time he was rather unprofessional. Which probably has some truth to it, since Austin can be difficult to work with. Vince probably had a higher tolerance for it.
with.
** The words of Wrestling/TonySchiavone: "Fans, [[DontTouchItYouIdiot don't even think about changing the channel]], channel, because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley (who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack) is going to win their world title! Heh. That's gonna That'll put some butts in the seats. ''Heh.''"
--->'''Actual Fan Sign''': [[AC:Mick Foley put my ass in this seat]]
** According to Flair, Bischoff and co. were marinated in delusion and genuinely thought WWE was going to fold any day now.
--->'''Actual Fan Sign''': [[AC:Bischoff, Subway is hiring]]
seats.
** 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, Eddie Guerrero, 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.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Whenever he is in a position of power, expect this to be his mindset.
* ItsPersonal: The "war" eventually became an escalating (if publicity-motivated) war of words between Eric and [=Vince McMahon=]. Vince [=McMahon=]. The "[[AC:WWF "WWF FEARS NITRO]]" NITRO" signs were replaced by "[[AC:VINCE "VINCE FEARS ERIC]]", ERIC", and Bischoff announced that a sparring match between himself and [=McMahon=] would main-event an upcoming PPV. This was followed by [[TrainingMontage a black & white montage]] montage of a diminutive Bischoff "training" to beat up Vince. WWE responded through its attorneys, stating that saying that Vince would not appear on the PPV and that WCW had no authority to say he will.
-->'''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1998124m.htm DDT]]''': -->''DDT Digest'': Seeing Bischoff's chest makes me think of a song. I don't know who sang it, but it's a song from the 70s called [[GeekPhysiques "Blinded by the Light"]].
Light".
* JokerJury: JokerJury:



** Bischoff loves these. The babyfaces never had a chance at ''nWo Souled Out'' with crooked ref Nick Patrick calling every match.
** That is, when Bischoff isn't Guest-Refereeing at ''Slamboree'' [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem himself]] [!].
** 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.
* KickTheDog: You want to make a face of any degree turn heel? Have him attack Wrestling/JimRoss. You want to make a heel even more hated? Have him attack Jim Ross. You want to put Bischoff into a heel class all his own? Have Bischoff break a cement block over Jim Ross' head.

to:

** Bischoff loves these. The [[{{Face}} babyfaces never ]]never had a chance at ''nWo Souled ''Souled Out'' with crooked ref referee Nick Patrick calling every match.
** That
match. (That is, when Bischoff isn't Guest-Refereeing at ''Slamboree'' [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem himself]] [!].
himself!)
** Years later, Bischoff ''doubled'' 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'' Jerry Springer has better security than Universal Studios does.
* KickTheDog: You want to make a face of any degree turn heel? Have him attack Wrestling/JimRoss.Jim Ross. You want to make a heel even more hated? Have him attack Jim Ross. You want to put Bischoff into a heel class all his own? Have Bischoff break a cement block over Jim Ross' head.



* KickedUpstairs:
** Bischoff took an extended vacation after his idea of "controversy" equaled Hogan & Nash tagging out on the belt, as well as spending Turner's money on private jets for himself.
** Much like Vince [=McMahon=] in the early 80s, Eric impressed/outraged a lot of people in the cable industry with his brash attitude. Unlike Vince, though, Eric was a cog in a much larger machine. He thought he could challenge the suits at Turner Entertainment because he'd always have Ted in his corner. But when the Time-Warner merger went through, Eric found he'd burned all his bridges to a crisp. He then later attempted to buy the company; the deal fell through, and it was bought for a song by Vince [=McMahon=].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Try to name every single person who was ever a member of a nWo roster. Heck, just look at the WCW roster in 1992 as opposed to 1989. Granted, some of them [[LesserStar just collected their checks and didn't see any action]]. That aside, having lots of wrestlers invoked in angles is still considered WCW-esque.

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* KickedUpstairs:
** Bischoff took an extended vacation after his idea of "controversy" equaled Hogan & Nash tagging out on the belt, as well as spending Turner's money on private jets for himself.
** Much like Vince [=McMahon=] in the early 80s, Eric impressed/outraged a lot of people in the cable industry with his brash attitude. Unlike Vince, though, Eric was a cog in a much larger machine. He thought he could challenge the suits at Turner Entertainment because he'd always have Ted in his corner. But when the Time-Warner merger went through, Eric found he'd burned all his bridges to a crisp. He then later attempted to buy the company; the deal fell through, and it was bought for a song by Vince [=McMahon=].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Try to name every single person who was ever a member of a nWo roster. Heck, just look at the WCW roster in 1992 as opposed to 1989. Granted, some of them [[LesserStar just collected their checks and didn't see any action]]. That aside, having lots of wrestlers invoked in angles is still considered WCW-esque.
LargeHamAnnouncer: '''HELLLLLLLLL IN A CELLLLLLLLL!!'''



* Wrestling/MondayNightWars: The instigator. In his words...
-->Ted Turner asked me, ''"Ah, Eric...what have we got to do to compete with WWE?"'' I wasn't prepared for that. ''"Give me prime time."'' I thought it was safe that he wouldn't do it. And Ted looks at me, looks at Scott Sasser, and goes, ''"Scott, give Eric two hours, Monday night, on TNT."''
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Hogan and Bischoff debuted on the January 4 edition of ''Impact'' as business partners of Dixie Carter, but quickly took control of TNA through [[ReadTheFinePrint chicanery]]. At first, the pair claimed to differ on how the company should be run, and a proxy war was brewing. This was actually a ploy to throw their opponents off the scent. It was later revealed that Bischoff's and Hogan's pet wrestlers were all united under the Immortal banner. So in essence, Hogan learned from past mistakes and came up with his own decoy "Wolfpac". ([=nWo=] Wolfpac was a splinter faction formed by Sting to combat Hogan's outfit, [=nWo=] Hollywood.)
* OutGambitted: When the younger, black-haired Eric Bischoff launched ''Nitro'', he seeded his audience with anti-WWF slogans ("[[AC:VINCE FEARS RATINGS]]" and the like) and used his live telecast to spoil ''Raw''[='s=] pre-taped shows. It was a ballsy move and really cemented Eric's image as a troublemaker and the future of the wrestling business. This went back-and-forth until around 1998, when he learned that it takes more than a few signs to scare a [=McMahon=]: WWE eventually fired back in its own promos, but waited until the night before a live ''Raw'' event. [[WeWait As expected]], ''Nitro'' responded the following night, challenging Vince to a one-on-one match with Eric[!]. Viewers immediately switched to ''Raw'' to see if Vince would respond. If it was a taped ''Raw'', everyone would have kept watching ''Nitro''. And, by '''not''' responding, odds are a lot of people stayed tuned to ''Raw'' all night long waiting for it. Obviously, Vince got Eric angry enough to cloud his judgment.
* PowerStable: The most prominent example is without question the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. TNA's faction of Immortal also counts. WWE somewhat toyed with this, as Bischoff was very friendly with Evolution, but Triple H was always calling the shots and would occasionally bully Bischoff even though Eric had the power.
* PrecisionFStrike: "FUCK ECW!"
* PrejudicedForPecs: Not to the degree of Vince [=McMahon=], perhaps, but Bischoff is known for sabotaging the pushes of several over wrestlers simply because he did not think they were big enough.
* PrematurelyGreyHaired: He had a full head of grey hair by his early forties and had been dying it prior to that. Considering the stress from his job, there may have been a reason.

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* Wrestling/MondayNightWars: The instigator. In his words...
-->Ted Turner asked me, ''"Ah, Eric...what have we got to do to compete with WWE?"'' I wasn't prepared for that. ''"Give me prime time."'' I thought it was safe that he wouldn't do it. And Ted looks at me, looks at Scott Sasser, and goes, ''"Scott, give Eric two hours, Monday night, on TNT."''
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: Hogan and Bischoff debuted on the January 4 edition of ''Impact'' as business partners of Dixie Carter, but quickly later took control of TNA through [[ReadTheFinePrint chicanery]].chicanery. At first, the pair claimed to differ on how the company should be run, and a proxy war was brewing. This was actually a ploy to throw their opponents off the scent. It was later revealed that Bischoff's and Hogan's pet wrestlers were all united under the Immortal banner. So in essence, Hogan learned from past mistakes and came up with his own decoy "Wolfpac". ([=nWo=] (nWo Wolfpac was a splinter faction group formed by Sting {{Wrestling/Sting}} to combat nWo Hollywood, which was Hogan's outfit, [=nWo=] Hollywood.group.)
* OutGambitted: When the younger, black-haired Eric OhCrap: Bischoff launched ''Nitro'', he seeded his audience with anti-WWF slogans ("[[AC:VINCE FEARS RATINGS]]" and the like) and used his live telecast to spoil ''Raw''[='s=] pre-taped shows. It was a ballsy move and really cemented Eric's image as a troublemaker and the future of the wrestling business. This went back-and-forth until around 1998, is ‘’very’’ good at giving facial expressions which convey this thought, especially when he learned that it takes more than a few signs has to scare a [=McMahon=]: WWE eventually fired back perform in its own promos, but waited until the night before a live ''Raw'' event. [[WeWait As expected]], ''Nitro'' responded the following night, challenging Vince to a one-on-one match with Eric[!]. Viewers immediately switched to ''Raw'' to see if Vince would respond. If it was a taped ''Raw'', everyone would have kept watching ''Nitro''. And, by '''not''' responding, odds are a lot of people stayed tuned to ''Raw'' all night long waiting for it. Obviously, Vince got Eric angry enough to cloud his judgment.
ring against larger wrestlers.
* PowerStable: The most prominent example is without question the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]].nWo. TNA's faction of Immortal also counts. WWE somewhat toyed with this, as Bischoff was very friendly with Evolution, but Triple H was always calling the shots and would occasionally bully Bischoff even though Eric had the power.
power.
* PrecisionFStrike: "FUCK ECW!"
* PrejudicedForPecs: Not to the degree of Vince [=McMahon=], perhaps, but Bischoff is known for sabotaging the pushes of several over wrestlers simply because he did not think they were big enough.
* PrematurelyGreyHaired: He had a full head of grey hair by his early forties and had been dying it prior to that. Considering the stress from his job, there may have been a reason.
{{Wrestling/ECW}}!"



** The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]]. Even that's debatable.
** Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at No Way Out).
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Late 2004, he realized that despite all the times he stuck his neck out and backed Evolution and gave Triple H ''numerous'' second chances for the World Title, the one time he really needed them, he ended up getting shaved bald by Eugene. After that, Eric took it upon himself to go on a one-month break and leave ''Raw'' in the hands of the "inmates."
* SexSells: A philosophy he fully embraces whether he is in character or out of it.
* SmugSnake:
** Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. Vince ''had'' to turn heel to survive, whereas nobody has ''ever'' liked Bischoff in the history of wrestling. He's the most natural heel ever.
** He look untrustworthy even in his [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbp7n9hzJb1qzx70zo1_1280.png?.jpg announcer days.]]
** His permanent role in WWF, though he did manage to get some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head. He remained pretty ineffective, but he stopped cowering every time Triple H burst into his office to complain about something.
* SycophanticServant: To Hulk Hogan in kayfabe and, it could be argued, in life. Where Hogan goes, he will follow.

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** The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]].referee. Even that's debatable.
** Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at No ''No Way Out).
Out'').
* RealSongThemeTune:
** His WCW theme captured his sleaziness. It's "White Train" by Tito & Tarantula, the same song they used in that big fight scene in ''{{Film/Desperado}}''.
** "Back in Black" by [[{{Music/ACDC}} AC/DC]]. WWE wants you to forget they ever used this song for anything. They only got permission to use it that one time. Only people who watched Bichoff's WWE debut live (at 9pm EST) were the ones who heard him come out to "Back in Black." By the time the not-live version hit the other half of the country, it was already edited in post-production. All you hear is piped in crowd-noise, WWE's song "I'm Back", and JR and King's commentary muted.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Late 2004, he realized that despite all the times he stuck his neck out and backed Evolution and gave Triple H ''numerous'' numerous second chances for the World Title, the one time he really needed them, he ended up getting shaved bald by Eugene. After that, Eric took it upon himself to go on a one-month break and leave ''Raw'' Raw in the hands of the "inmates."
* SexSells: A philosophy he fully embraces whether he is in character or out of it.
it.
* SmugSnake:
**
SmugSnake: Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. Vince ''had'' to turn heel to survive, whereas nobody has ''ever'' liked Bischoff in the history of wrestling. He's the most natural heel ever.
** He look untrustworthy even
Even in his [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbp7n9hzJb1qzx70zo1_1280.png?.jpg announcer days.]]
** His permanent role
days, he looks very untrustworthy.
* SurroundedByIdiots: He plays the smarmy bastard to perfection and is confident on the mic. Eric does the opposite of the cheap pops that Mick Foley typically does where Mick addresses the crowd by saying the town’s name with a thumbs-up pose. Eric, as a heel, lays out an insult towards certain people, then says the name of the town he is
in WWF, though to imply the audience is full of those who he just insulted. Occasionally he does it so sneakily that it goes over the crowd’s heads.
-->“I never
did manage to get some dignity like the hicks around town back in my WCW days. Being here in Birmingham is a grim reminder of those times."
* SycophanticServant:
** He was always the nerdy guy pretending to be cool: Nash powerbombed Eric off the stage through a table. The fact Eric wanted anything to do with the nWo '''at all'''
after Eugene shaved his head. He that came off as weasely, and just trying to side with the big guys. But it worked for the story. (The nWo used gang violence to intimidate people into joining.)
** In-storyline, it was established that the World Wrestling Entertainment COO is more important than the General Manager. When Triple H was appointed to the position, he demonstrated the ability to go over Bischoff's head and make decisions. Bischoff as GE
remained pretty ineffective, but at least he stopped cowering every time Triple H Hunter burst into his office to complain about something.
* SycophanticServant: To Hulk Hogan in kayfabe and, it could be argued, in life. Where Hogan goes, he will follow.
something.



** Took plenty of shots at the WWF and the people in it when he was running WCW. The WWE would later get its revenge, putting him on late night show WWE Confidential where Johnathan Coachman asked him at what point NWO stopped standing for New World Order and started standing for [[AC:N]]ot [[AC:W]]orking [[AC:O]]ut.
** ActuallyPrettyFunny: Despite this obvious attack on his booking, Eric genuinely laughed at this (before talking about everything he tried to do to keep the NWO popular after the fans started getting sick of it, noting Kevin Nash's Wolfpac was working for a while).
* ToiletHumour: WCW: [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/macho-poop/ Where the big boys spray.]] Another classic WCW angle; name any other sports entertainment company that ever did a fecally driven storyline. It's somehow fitting that Eric Bischoff took wrestling to the the outhouse, and then left it via an outhouse.
* TonightInThisVeryRing: Very common when announcing matches as ''Raw''’s general manager.
* UnknownRival: Eric is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the MNW. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) that took the piss out of Turner, the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight. Much like it does with TNA, ''Raw'' preferred to pretend that Bischoff didn't even exist.
* VillainTeamUp: When Bischoff and [=McMahon=] hugged after Vince shocked the world by announcing that he had hired Bischoff to be the new General Manager of ''Raw''.
* WorkedShoot: On more than one occasion.
* WouldHitAGirl: That and just about anything else to emphasize his heel status. He also encouraged it, having 3 Minute Warning {{squash| match}} two women that he had been promising all night would be engaging in "hot lesbian action" just because he knew it would anger the audience, and booking WildSamoan Wrestling/{{Umaga}} against backstage interviewer Maria.
** 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.

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** Took plenty of shots at While the WWF and the people in it when WCW were trading cheap shots, [[Wrestling/DGenerationX 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 Vince [=McMahon=] to a legitimate shoot fight to be broadcast on ''Nitro''. According to him, Hulk Hogan warned him not to, since there was running WCW. The WWE a good chance that Vince would later get its revenge, putting him on late night show WWE Confidential where Johnathan Coachman asked him at what point NWO stopped standing for New World Order accept and started standing for [[AC:N]]ot [[AC:W]]orking [[AC:O]]ut.
** ActuallyPrettyFunny: Despite this obvious attack on his booking,
Eric genuinely laughed at this (before talking about everything he tried would get his ass handed to do to keep the NWO popular after the fans started getting sick of it, noting Kevin Nash's Wolfpac was working for a while).
* ToiletHumour: WCW: [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/macho-poop/ Where the big boys spray.]] Another classic WCW angle; name any other sports entertainment company that ever did a fecally driven storyline. It's somehow fitting that Eric
him.
**
Bischoff took wrestling had a habit of spoiling ''Raw'' results on live television. While not exactly "ethical", according to Gene Okerlund, it shined a spotlight on how formulaic ''Raw'' had become. It was also a great heat magnet for Eric...until WWF switched tactics, putting over Wrestling/MickFoley, and Bischoff leaked that too. Had he not foreshadowed Mick's win, ''Nitro'' would have carried the the outhouse, and then left it via an outhouse.
night.
* TonightInThisVeryRing: Very common when announcing matches as ''Raw''’s Raw’s general manager.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Eric Bischoff's debut as the new Raw General Manager. They showed him backstage with Wrestling/BookerT prior to that moment. The idea was that when Raw went to commercial, you could call your friends on the telephone and tell them to tune in. But had that moment not happened, you couldn't imagine the surprise.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Whenever he is in a position of power, expect this to be his mindset.
*
UnknownRival: Eric is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the MNW. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) that took the piss out of Between himself and Ted Turner, while Ted had more recognition as Vince's rival, Eric was clearly the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], savvier individual when it came to being a wrestling promoter and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight. Much like it does with TNA, ''Raw'' preferred bigger threat to pretend that Bischoff didn't even exist.
WWE's survival.
* VillainTeamUp: When Bischoff and [=McMahon=] hugged after Vince shocked the world by announcing that he had hired Bischoff to be the new General Manager of ''Raw''. \n Still a really surreal moment.
-->'''Jim Ross''': They're probably picking each others' pockets.
* WorkedShoot: On more than one occasion.
* WouldHitAGirl:
WouldHitAGirl:
**
That and just about anything else to emphasize his heel status. He also encouraged it, having 3 Minute Warning {{squash| match}} squash two women that he had been promising all night would be engaging in "hot lesbian action" just because he knew it would anger the audience, and booking WildSamoan Wrestling/{{Umaga}} Wild Samoan Umaga against backstage interviewer Maria.
** That said, when Eric tries doing this himself, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it can backfire]]. backfire. As noted above, Trish Stratus Wrestling/TrishStratus was tearing him apart and would have won if not for [[BigDamnVillains Victoria and Jazz]] interfering. Jazz interfering.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He admitted in his book that he'd had grey hair since his early 20s and dyed it black to look his actual age. Viewers first saw him with the grey hair when he lost a match to Ric Flair for control of WCW, and then had his head shaved. The guy probably would've walked out on Raw his natural hair color if Vince hadn't told him otherwise. (Even in TNA, Nash was fine with being the grey-haired veteran.)
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** "Fans, [[DontTouchItYouIdiot don't even think about changing the channel]], because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley (who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack) is going to win their world title! Heh. That'll put butts in the seats. ''Heh.''"

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** The words of Wrestling/TonySchiavone: "Fans, [[DontTouchItYouIdiot don't even think about changing the channel]], because we've learned that at our competition, Mick Foley (who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack) is going to win their world title! Heh. That'll That's gonna put some butts in the seats. ''Heh.''"
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* BringMyBrownPants: Bischoff is ‘’very’’ good at giving facial expressions which convey this thought, especially when he has to perform in the ring against larger wrestlers.



* TheChewToy: His permanent role in WWF. Austin thoroughly enjoyed the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff, if only because he got to manhandle Eric on every ''Raw'' episode for a few months. Though he did manage to get some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head.

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* TheChewToy: His permanent role in WWF. Austin Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin thoroughly enjoyed the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff, if only because he got to manhandle Eric on every ''Raw'' episode for a few months. Though he did manage to get some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head.



* DrunkenSong: Austin made him attempt to sing his own theme song after the both of them got drunk at the Redneck Triathlon (''Bad Blood'' 2003).

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* DrunkenSong: Austin Stone Cold made him Easy-E attempt to sing his own theme song after the both two of them got drunk at the Redneck Triathlon "Redneck Triathlon" (''Bad Blood'' 2003).



* InSeriesNickname: "Eazy-E", after the diminutive [[Music/EazyE rap artist.]] (Sometimes rendered as "Sleazy-E.")



* OhCrap: Bischoff is ‘’very’’ good at giving facial expressions which convey this thought, especially when he has to perform in the ring against larger wrestlers.
* TheNapoleon: The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]]. Even that's debatable.



* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]]. Even that's debatable.
** Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at No Way Out).

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* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** The only thing more fragile than Eric is [[GlassJawReferee a referee]]. Even that's debatable.
**
PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Almost always played straight when Bischoff attacks a wrestler; they just stand there with a smile on their face (one excellent example being Austin vs. Bischoff at No ''No Way Out).Out'').



* SexSells: A philosophy he fully embraces whether he is in character or out of it.

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* SexSells: A philosophy he fully embraces embraces, whether he is in character or out of it. it.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Stone Cold during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."



* SitcomArchnemesis: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
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* {{Foil}}: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
* FriendlyEnemy: Any time Vince showed up on ''Raw'', Eric would 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 assault. Still, Vince has this warped respect for him because WCW kicked his ass for 84 weeks: Bischoff was treated extremely well at WWE, and is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the Monday Night Wars. The interviewees typically blame Hogan, Nash, et. al for the death of WCW, and rarely talk about Bischoff. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) taking the piss out of Ted Turner, the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight.

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* {{Foil}}: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
* FriendlyEnemy: Any time Vince showed up on ''Raw'', Eric would have the fear of God in him and would be quickly reduced to pleading for Vince not to remove him be removed from GM duties, but not before a verbal assault. Still, Vince has this warped respect for him because WCW kicked his ass for 84 weeks: Bischoff was treated extremely well at WWE, and is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the Monday Night Wars. The interviewees typically blame Hogan, Nash, et. al for the death of WCW, and rarely talk about Bischoff. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) taking the piss out of Ted Turner, the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight.



* OutGambitted: When the younger, black-haired Eric Bischoff launched ''Nitro'', he seeded his audience with anti-WWF slogans ("[[AC:VINCE FEARS RATINGS]]" and the like) and used his live telecast to spoil ''Raw''[='s=] pre-taped shows. It was a ballsy move and really cemented Eric's image as a troublemaker and the future of the wrestling business. This went back-and-forth until around 1998, when he learned that it takes more than a few signs to scare a [=McMahon=]: WWE eventually fired back in its own promos, but waited until the night before a live ''Raw'' event. [[WeWait As expected]], ''Nitro'' responded the following night, challenging Vince to a one-on-one match with Eric[!]. Viewers immediately switched to ''Raw'' to see if Vince would respond. If it was a taped ''Raw'', everyone would have kept watching ''Nitro''. And, by '''not''' responding, odds are a lot of people stayed tuned to ''Raw'' all night long waiting for it. Obviously, Vince got Eric angry enough to cloud his judgment.
* PowerStable: The most prominent example is without question the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. TNA's faction of Immortal also counts. WWE somewhat toyed with this, as Bischoff was very friendly with Evolution, but Triple H was always calling the shots and would occasionally bully Bischoff even though Eric had the power.

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* OutGambitted: When the younger, black-haired Eric Bischoff launched ''Nitro'', he seeded his audience with anti-WWF slogans ("[[AC:VINCE FEARS RATINGS]]" and the like) and used his live telecast to spoil ''Raw''[='s=] pre-taped shows. It was a ballsy move and really cemented Eric's image as a troublemaker and the future of the wrestling business. This went back-and-forth until around 1998, when he learned that it takes more than a few signs to scare a [=McMahon=]: WWE eventually fired back in its own promos, but waited until the night before a live ''Raw'' event. [[WeWait As expected]], ''Nitro'' responded the following night, challenging Vince to a one-on-one match with Eric[!]. Viewers immediately switched to ''Raw'' to see if Vince would respond. If it was a taped ''Raw'', everyone would have kept watching ''Nitro''. And, by '''not''' responding, odds are a lot of people stayed tuned to ''Raw'' all night long waiting for it. Obviously, Vince got Eric angry enough to cloud his judgment.
* PowerStable: The most prominent example is without question the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. TNA's faction of Immortal also counts. WWE somewhat toyed with this, as Bischoff was very friendly with Evolution, but Triple H was always calling the shots and would occasionally bully Bischoff even though Eric had the power.


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* SitcomArchnemesis: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
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** Bischoff cribbed the nWo 'invasion' angle from his buddy Sonny Onoo, of Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. Bischoff first came up with the Outsiders idea while watching the [[Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation UWFI]]/New Japan "invasion" that same year. Onoo played the liaison for New Japan: a black-suited hypeman who is tiny and unapologetic and does it all with a shit-eating grin.
* ArchEnemy: Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not a part of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run....
* ArchnemesisDad: ...And in TNA, his own son. There was the storyline of Garrett being a crooked ref-turned-babyface "screw you dad" wrestler. Then he joined the Wrestling/AcesAndEights.

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** Bischoff cribbed the nWo 'invasion' angle from his buddy Sonny Onoo, of Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. Bischoff first came up with the Outsiders idea while watching the [[Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation UWFI]]/New Japan "invasion" that same year. Onoo played the liaison for New Japan: a black-suited hypeman who is tiny and unapologetic and does it all with a shit-eating an evil grin.
* ArchEnemy: Mostly notably Wrestling/VinceMcMahon when not a part of WWE. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run....
* ArchnemesisDad: ...And in
ArchnemesisDad: In TNA, his own son. There there was the a storyline of Garrett being with his son, Garrett: a crooked ref-turned-babyface referee-turned-babyface "screw you dad" wrestler. Then he joined the Wrestling/AcesAndEights.



* 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 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.
* CaptainObvious: One of his insults to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon was "I've got testicles, and you don't."



* TheChewToy: His permanent role in WWF, though he did manage to get some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head.

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* TheChewToy: His permanent role in WWF, though WWF. Austin thoroughly enjoyed the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff, if only because he got to manhandle Eric on every ''Raw'' episode for a few months. Though he did manage to get some dignity back after Eugene shaved his head.



* DrunkenSong: Austin made him attempt to sing his own theme song after the both of them got drunk at the Redneck Triathlon (''Bad Blood'' 2003).



* FriendlyEnemy: Vince has this warped respect for him because WCW kicked his ass for 84 weeks. Bischoff was treated extremely well at WWE, and is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the Monday Night Wars. The interviewees typically blame Hogan, Nash, et. al for the death of WCW, and rarely talk about Bischoff. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) taking the piss out of Ted Turner, the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight.

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* {{Foil}}: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin during his WWE run. You would hear the "boos" for Bischoff and then the immediate "YEAAAAH!" for Austin. There was an angle with the two of them sharing General Manager duties, as well. Everyone else was getting fired, and Eric was on the biggest power trip ever, so when Linda [=McMahon=] came out and appointed Steve "co"-GM, the static was in the air to be sure. For example: Bischoff fired Chief Morley (aka Val Venis) without consulting Austin, who barges in and says, "You cannot fire anyone without talking to Stone Cold!" Morley gets all excited and says "Yeah! That's right! That means I'm still hired, right?" [pause] Austin: "Hell no, you're fired."
* FriendlyEnemy: Any time Vince showed up on ''Raw'', Eric would 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 assault. Still, Vince has this warped respect for him because WCW kicked his ass for 84 weeks. weeks: Bischoff was treated extremely well at WWE, and is treated more than fairly in the numerous WWE documentaries covering the Monday Night Wars. The interviewees typically blame Hogan, Nash, et. al for the death of WCW, and rarely talk about Bischoff. Funnily, at the height of their rivalry, Vince drew up a series of comedy sketches (''Billionaire Ted's Wrasslin' War Room''!) taking the piss out of Ted Turner, the [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Huckster"]], and the [[Wrestling/RandySavage "Nacho Man"]]... but no Eric in sight.



* HeManWomanHater: His back and forth with Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon in late 2002. He was basically playing Kyle Malachlan in ''Showgirls''. One of his retorts to Steph was, "I've got testicles, and you don't."



* SmugSnake: Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BGXNkbPCUAASWkf.jpg:large Even in his announcer days, he looks very untrustworthy.]]

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* SmugSnake: SmugSnake:
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Eric is just blessed with one of those faces, the kind you want to speed punch. [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BGXNkbPCUAASWkf.jpg:large Even in his announcer days, he looks very untrustworthy.]]]]
** Bischoff is regarded as one of the better ''RAW'' [=GMs=] for the following reasons: 1) He was a smarmy prick 2) His theme song was perfect for him 3) He got his comeuppance when the time called for it. 4) At the start of every raw his face would be shown, a portrait picture of him with the biggest shit-eating grin on his face. More importantly, he started with credibility from being a WCW product. This is the guy who almost put VKM out of business. It's much easier to direct hate at a person if there is a history behind it.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: He admitted in his book that he'd had grey hair since his early 20s and dyed it black to look his actual age. Viewers first saw him with the grey hair when he lost a match to Wrestling/RicFlair for control of WCW, and then had his head shaved. The guy probably would've walked out on ''Raw'' his natural hair color if Vince hadn't told him otherwise. (Even in TNA, Nash was fine with being the grey-haired veteran.)

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* YoungerThanTheyLook: He admitted in his book that he'd had grey hair since his early 20s and dyed it black to look his actual age. Viewers first saw him with the grey hair when he lost a match to Wrestling/RicFlair Wrestling/RicFlair. They were competing for control the job of WCW, WCW President in the late 90s, and then the loser had to shave his head shaved.head. Eric willingly took it and revealed his grey follicles on live television. The guy probably would've walked out on ''Raw'' his natural hair color if Vince hadn't told him otherwise. (Even in TNA, Nash was fine with being the grey-haired veteran.)
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