[[caption-width-right:233: The man who was the\\
[[TheFace face]] of WCW.]]

->''“Controversy creates cash.”''
-->-- Bischoff 101.

'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vc0l95H7c#t=90s You little smug shit!]]'''

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* AllMenArePerverts: A frequently alluded to flaw of his. It led to him booking himself in a match with Wrestling/TrishStratus with the offer that if she could beat him she would get a title shot. She was well on her way to beating him too before [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] and [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] interfered on his behalf, after which, his victory speech was so creepy Linda [=McMahon=] felt the need to come out and stop him for acting on anything he said.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** A [[TheDogWasTheMastermind milquetoast color commentator]] who rises to power as the result of a [[TheMontrealScrewjob much-publicized screwjob]]? 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.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Bischoff’s “celebrity trumps talent” mandate started early. "Mongo" [=McMichaels=], a former defensive tackle for the Bears, was brought on as a commentator and (later) a co-founder of the new Horsemen. He brought his Chihuahua, Pepe, to the commentary desk and dressed him in funny costumes. Nothing more to add about Mongo, other than that [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Heenan]] mentions in his book that Bischoff is a huge football nut, so he hired him without any real training. Bischoff brought him back as a guest referee for the Monster's Ball Match at TNA ''Bound For Glory '08''.
--->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/01/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-monday-nitro-11596-the-detente-of-doom/2/ Darren Stroud]]''': Pepe chose to sleep through a Hogan main event. [[BoringInvincibleHero We are all Pepe.]]
** 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!"''
** Wrestling/JimCornette cited this as the reason behind the NWO's success, them being the kind of men Eric Bischoff wishes he was. He has a thing for giant power stables and motor cycles in general, Wrestling/AcesAndEights are enough evidence of this.
** The WCW PPV event Hog Wild/Road Wild was his idea entirely because he was a huge motorcycle fan. It was done for four years in Sturgis, SD to coincide with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Because it was held outside and with the ring surrounded by motorcycles, there was no gate, meaning they lost money every year. Add in that when your audience consists of hundreds on drunk bikers, many of whom didn't care about wrestling and only wanted to see people get hurt, it was almost the complete opposite audience of a normal event (to the point that they loudly cheered a garbage match between forgettable wrestlers Scott Norton and Ice Train and loudly booed a beautifully fought match between Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Wrestling/DeanMalenko, two of the best technical wrestlers of the past thirty years. Add in that for almost every bump, the bikers would rev their engines, meaning people who paid for the PPV couldn't hear the commentators.
* 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 Hulkamanic]], 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 [[DoinkTheClown Doink the Clown]]. 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 The Dragon]] when a [[BiggerBad Bigger Bad]] 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 [[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 Vince would accept, and that Eric would probably get his ass handed to him.
* ButtMonkey: [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Stone Cold]] had to thoroughly enjoy the angle where he was co-GM with Bischoff if only because he got to manhandle Eric every ''Raw'' for a few months. Also anytime Vince showed up, Eric would definitely have the fear of God in him and would be quickly reduced to pleading for Vince not to remove him from GM duties, but not before a verbal Vince smackdown.
* CardCarryingVillain: Has admitted on more than one occasion that he may not be the model image of a saint. In one promo, Eric said the only thing closer to the Devil than he was his boss, [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince]], who was standing right in front of him. Vince’s reaction? A ''smile''.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In TNA he sent Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/{{Rh|yno}}ino, Homicide, Tomko, and 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.
** "...Three Minutes..."
* 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.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Common with Bischoff, to the point that a list of people who he has backstabbed would require its own page.
* 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.
* 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.
* FinishingMove: Bischoff will play off his past kickboxing abilities when he gets in the ring to do something other than talk. It’s usually a kick to the head. Kicking in general is most of his offense, though, if the few not-very-effective attacks he gets in can even be called offense.
* 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.
* 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.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: His co-GM period with Stone Cold can be summarized as this. Austin did everything he could to screw with Eric and break him.
* IAmSong[=/=]HesBack: His WWE theme was called "I'm Back."
* 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]]", Biscoff tried to assuage fears backstage, predicting that [=McMahon=] would not be able to resist playing the higher power role. (What's that parable about [[NotSoDifferent the speck in your neighbor's eye?]]) So, as an addendum, let us reiterate that Eric's promises are always, always wrong -- [[DumbassHasAPoint except for that one night.]]
** 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.
** "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.''"
** 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(?).
** Despite Goldberg generating huge reactions from the crowd, Hogan and Bischoff turned him heel.
* 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:
** He was subjected to one shortly before being kicked off ''Raw''.
** 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.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Bischoff is the SOB in just about every case, and it can define an entire show after proper build up. Ask a friend what matches were on the 2003 No Way Out card besides Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff.
* 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.
* LoserLeavesTown: He's made this the stipulation to a few matches, such as the 2003 Survivor Series match between Team Austin and Team Bischoff, though it only applied to Austin, who upon winning would be able to be as physical as he saw fit instead of having to be physically provoked before "opening a can of whoop-ass."
* 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.
* 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).
* 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. He looked like a reptile even in his [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbp7n9hzJb1qzx70zo1_1280.png?.jpg clean-cut 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.
* TakeThat:
** 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).
* 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.