• Eric Bischoff On Why It Took Bret Hart So Long To Debut In WCW
During a recent edition of 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff revealed why it took Bret Hart so long to debut in WCW World Championship Wrestling.
Below is what Bischoff said:
“Why wouldn’t I just drop everything and take in a guy who had a certain amount of time of a no-compete clause; had a broken hand, and just kind of drop everything and throw him in the middle of something without any real planning, backstory and throw it against the wall in hopes that it would stick? Is that the question? That is the kind of prevailing critique that I hear often; how can you take a guy like Bret Hart, which by the way, he wasn’t drawing, there is a reason why Vince McMahon let him go. It wasn’t because he was making Vince McMahon money hand over fist.
One of the things that I liked – look at what we did with Sting and Hulk Hogan. I wanted long term plans. One of the reasons I thrust myself in creative, and I may have said this to you before, if I didn’t I apologize, but I was never comfortable with creative. I was comfortable with the business side of it. I understood the business side of the business pretty well. What I didn’t know I could pretty easily understand and figure out, but that creative side was the voodoo side that I never got close to.
I never got close to the creative in AWA; not only was I not close to it, I wasn’t allowed to be in a room close to it when they were talking about creative. That is how tightly held Verne Gagne believed in kayfabing people who he didn’t believe needed to be in the process. I had zero exposure to creative in WCW up until 1993, 1994. Even then I was at a distance. I would talk to Dusty Rhodes because he and I were tight and we would talk a little bit, and would explain to me the ideas that he had and sucked up as much as I could. I was fascinated by it quite honestly, but I was still never comfortable being the guy in the room that said yay or nay on something. Ric Flair, when I brought him in as a booker, I was never in that room.
I would come in and out. There were certain things that I had to be aware of as Executive Vice President, depending on the timeline was of the company and being responsible financially for things. I had to have an idea of where we were going, what the pay per views were going to look like, how the cards are being advertised six months before pay per views and all that kind of crap, but I didn’t sit in a room with a team filled with guys who had hundreds of years of more experience than I did and try to influence their creative decisions. I tried to stay out of that. It wasn’t until later on that I inserted myself in that process.”
• Booker T Takes A Major Shot At CM Punk’s UFC 225 Loss At Money In The Bank 2018 (Video)
WWE Hall of Famer Booker T took a major shot at CM Punk’s UFC 225 loss on the Money In The Bank 2018 Kickoff show.
You can hear Booker T’s comments below:
— GIF Skull (@GIFSkull) June 17, 2018
Speaking of Money In The Bank 2018 PPV, below are the results:
– SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The Bludgeon Brothers (c) def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson to retain the Titles [KICKOFF SHOW]
– Daniel Bryan def. Big Cass
– Bobby Lashley def. Sami Zayn
– Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) def. Elias to retain the Title.
– Alexa Bliss won the Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match.
– Roman Reigns def. Jinder Mahal
– SmackDown Women’s Championship Match: Carmella (c) def. Asuka to retain the Title.
– Last Man Standing Match For The WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) def. Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the Title.
– RAW Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey def. Nia Jax (c) by DQ.
– RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss def. Nia Jas (c) to win the Title.
– Braun Strowman won the Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder match.