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Eric Bischoff Says He Didn’t Want To Put WWF Out Of Business During The Monday Night Wars

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (December 16, 1995) – WCW Saturday Night

On this day in 1995, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Saturday Night’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Starrcade 1995’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

– “Jumpin” Joey Maggs vs. Disco Inferno

– Bunkhouse Buck vs. “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright

– Kurasawa vs. Rick Garcia

– Jerry Lynn vs. Eddie Guerrero

– “Flyin” Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B Badd

– “Total Package” Lex Luger vs. Larry Santo

– “Pitbull” Sgt Craig Pittman vs. Sting

• Eric Bischoff Says He Didn’t Want To Put WWF Out Of Business During The Monday Night Wars

During an edition of 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff talked about how his goal was never to put the World Wrestling Federation out of business during the Monday Night Wars.

Below is what Bischoff said:

“The narrative over the past 20 or more years has been how I was so single-mindedly focused on simply putting WWF out of business, and I have said this before, but that is not true. I may have said some outrageous sh*t, part of that was to try and motivate people.

Part of that was to get my character over because I knew some of that would leak, part of it was me being me. It wasn’t necessarily me wanting to put them out of business…I was focused on being number one.

Whether I was number one by a mile and they went out of business, or whether I was number one by a mile and they were a solid number two really didn’t matter to me. Nobody is ever going to believe that, but me, but I really don’t give a sh*t at this point in my life, but it’s true.

While I was happy to have beaten them soundly in the ratings, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh my God, they’re almost dead! We’re so close.’ It wasn’t that; it was just another week of us proving that we were on the right track, we had a great formula.

We were getting support from Turner Broadcasting, we were getting interest from sponsors, and the international market place. All of those things that were difficult for WCW to even think about.

Nobody could even think about that or have a realistic conversation without people pissing their pants if they were trying to talk about beating WWF in the international market place, or outselling arenas, or having bigger buy rates, whatever. Nobody could have that conversation two, three years up until this point.

Now that we were actually achieving things that nobody else believed we could achieve, there was a level of confidence, not arrogance and I am not talking about myself I am talking about in the office that all of a sudden people were believing in themselves, and suddenly a rating where we were getting a 3.1 and they were getting a 1.5 all that made us do was that it gave us more confidence that we were on the right track.”

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