During a recent interview on the Ariel Helwani Show, WCW Legend Eric Bischoff spoke about various different topics, including a potential return to WWE TV on a regular basis, Tony Khan and CM Punk.
Below are the highlights:
Whether he has any interest in returning to WWE TV on a full-time basis:
“If I was 20 years younger, in a heartbeat. If I get a phone call from my buddy Bruce (Prichard) and he says ‘Hey, thinking about, kind of got an idea. Interested in coming back? But I need one of your fingers’.
As long its on my left hand and not my right, I’d probably go for it. I loved my time there. I loved working with so many people.
I can’t say enough about the quality of people that work in WWE. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to work there.
I’m 68 years old and I live in a beautiful part of Wyoming. At this point in time I don’t want to be away more than necessary. The idea of flying back and forth and doing TV. Nah, not anymore.”
If Tony Khan is running All Elite Wrestling similar to how he ran WCW:
“No. Nothing even remotely close to it. They have all the money in the world, which is a nice thing to have.
Without vision and without true understanding of the industry, it’s just a really cool hobby. It’s just a really cool hobby, and that’s what AEW is to Tony Khan. It’s a really really, really well-funded hobby.
That we all get to watch and participate in on television, but if you look at the creative, and you look at some of the strategic decisions, look at the mess they have been in the last 6 months with CM Punk.”
If he would have fired CM Punk after the AEW All Out 2022 backstage fight:
“Yeah, in a heartbeat. I would have grabbed the microphone out of his hand and sent him packing. It’s not worth it.”
Eric Bischoff started as an announcer and interviewer for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (AWA) from 1986 until 1991 before he joined Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in ’91 to do the same, but eventually became the Senior Vice President, who was in charge of WCW during the famous Monday Night Wars of the 90s.
After WCW was sold to Vince McMahon, Eric was brought to WWE as the General Manager of the Monday Night RAW brand, a position he held from July 2002 to December 2005.
Some of the younger fans will also remember him as an on-screen character for Dixie Carter’s Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) between 2010 and 2012.
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