“It Wasn’t a Healthy Creative Environment”- Eric Bischoff Reveals Why His Run With WWE Never Worked Out

Published 02/09/2021, 7:31 AM EST


Eric Bischoff was one of the biggest names in the 1990s and early 2000s in the professional wrestling industry. His work with WCW famously saw the promotion beat WWE in ratings for 84 straight weeks. 

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However, after the fall and takeover of WCW by WWE, Bischoff was offered a role as an on-screen talent. He was made the General Manager of Raw, a role which ran its course after consecutive storylines.

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It came up to the point where WWE had no potential angle for his character and decided to let him go. In a recent interview with Lucha Libre Online, Eric Bischoff revealed the exact reason he was released from WWE by Vince McMahon.

“Well, it was Vince’s decision. But again, it was one that I agreed with. It became apparent to me early on that the creative chemistry in WWE was not in my opinion- it wasn’t a healthy creative environment for me,” admitted Bischoff. 

“It worked very well for WWE, I guess. But for me creative is as much about the energy and how well people get along how well people can collaborate. And because WWE is such a fast-moving train, it was really hard to get on board and to get up to speed with their pace,” explained Bischoff.

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Eric Bischoff parted ways with Vince McMahon on good terms

His run as the General Manager of Raw was quite interesting, and it had its moments. However, its peak had passed, and Bischoff’s character couldn’t find a place in the changing scenario.

“It was time. My character as the general manager had run its course there was no real new stories to tell, no new ways of telling the same stories over again. It just got to the point where it was time and I recognized it and so did WWF and when they called me and said ‘Hey, we think we’re going to let your contract expire and not renew you’ and they explained why and I agreed with them 100%. So I left on very good terms with WWF,” concluded Bischoff. 

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The former WCW President recently made an appearance on AEW to host a debate between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy. His name still carries a lot of relevance in the industry. 

Apart from that, he provides us with key insights from the past generations of the business, which never ceases to interest fans. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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