YMMV / Eric Bischoff

  • Broken Base: Let's just say he's a very controversial figure. While he does have plenty of defenders, his detractors are very vocal and have valid points.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Ever wonder why the nWo was getting booed left and right, yet nWo members always got so much screen time? Bischoff might have your answer. As to both parts...
      Dave Meltzer: By this time the show was as much fun to watch as three hours of somebody masturbating. In fact, I'm not sure that isn't what we were watching.
    • After a number of referees left TNA, Eric gave a job to his son Garett, who worked under the name Jackson James. When company officials tried to deny Garett's ID, the internet called the company on its nepotistic baloney by revealing the truth, and he eventually became a full-time wrestler under his real name. (Garett received a ton of heat from the talent.) He's actually not a bad wrestler (he's much better than David Flair), and in different circumstances he might've had a okay career; but TNA cut a lot of talented people from the roster, and arguably kept Garett on longer than they should have.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When he was brought back to induct Diamond Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017, practically the first thing he said was that he wished he wasn't doing the induction, because he'd rather have been sitting out in the crowd watching DDP be inducted by the late Dusty Rhodesnote  instead.
    Eric: God bless you, Dusty Rhodes. <cheers> May you rest in peace, and may you rest happy, brother.
    • And on top of that, he was greeted with cheers and "Welcome Back!" chants after taking the stand. Eric Bischoff, one of the most despised figures in wrestling, was very warmly received by a crowd filled to the brim with Smart Marks.
  • Misblamed:
    • People who watched RAW during the 2003-2005 time frame heard Vince McMahon say numerous times that Eric was the reason for WCW not just losing the Monday Night Wars but also the reason for WCW going under, neither of which Bischoff even tried to deny. The truth is, the blame for both rests on the conscience of another man.
    • As far back as 2001, Konnan said Eric Bischoff was not to blame for WCW's backstage politics spiraling out of control. (and Konnan was not afraid to criticize Bischoff).
    • Bischoff is infamous for firing wrestlers he saw nothing in who went on to become megastars, but at least two of these instances qualify as this trope: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Jim Ross:
      • Bischoff claims that he fired Austin, not because he didn't see him as a potential star, but because Austin was injury prone and had a bad attitude backstage (the straw that broke the camel's back was Bischoff calling Austin to check up on his condition, but Austin refused to go to the phone saying "Tell that sumbitch to go fuck himself!") Austin himself admits that this is likely what happened.
      • While it's true that Bischoff thought Jim Ross was "too Southern" for the announce desk, he did not fire J.R., J.R. asked for his release after being demoted to syndication.