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Eric Bischoff Reveals Why It Didn’t Work Out With WWE

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (November 10, 1991) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1991’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

WWF Tag Team Champions the Legion of Doom vs. Barry Horowitz & Ben Jordan

The Berzerker vs. Brad Kramer

The Big Bossman vs. Montana Miller

Repo Man vs. Rock Werner

The Undertaker vs. Kerry Von Erich

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• Eric Bischoff Reveals Why It Didn’t Work Out With WWE

During a media scrum at Starrcast IV, former WCW President Eric Bischoff was asked what went wrong during his run as Executive Director of SmackDown, which led to his WWE departure.

Below is what Bischoff said:

“It was a great opportunity and I’m grateful for the opportunity when it came my way, and I’m grateful for it to this day. It didn’t work out, but in life that happens sometimes, whether it’s relationships or business relationships. It didn’t work out, but there’s no hard feelings. I had a great talk with Vince [McMahon] about a week and a half ago, everything’s cool.

Look, there’s so many great people that are working there. So many talented that are working that, it’s a great company, and it was a bad fit. Sometimes the media expects the dirt, and expects me to ‘shoot’ on WWE. I’m gonna shoot on WWE, they’re a great company. I was grateful to be there for a short period of time and I’m rooting for their success.

One of the things I learned is you not to be really, really passionate about making a commitment that big, and it was a big job. To be honest about it I think that my personality and the way I approach things creatively and the way I approach business didn’t fit their formula and I think that’s going to be one thing that I’ll be a little more careful about moving forward, to make sure the opportunity and personalities kind of match a little bit better than they did.

That was no fault of theirs, they were very honest and very open about the opportunity when I took it. I thought it was going to be a great opportunity, and it just wasn’t.”

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