At the WCW Slamboree 1998 pay-per-view on May 17th at the Worcester’s Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, Eric Bischoff challenged WWF promoter Vince McMahon to a match, but Vince didn’t show up and Eric had the referee count to 10 and ended up winning the match by forfeit, similar to ‘Queen’ Sensational Sherri at SummerSlam 1990, when Sapphire failed to come to the ring and participate in their match.
While Bischoff is listed as the winner in the record books, Jim Ross confirmed in the past that McMahon never even considered answering the challenge, as the World Wrestling Federation was too busy building new stars & storylines to finally secure a win in the Monday Night TV-Ratings War, because by May 1998 it was going back & forth between the two promotions.
On a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, Eric recalled that none other than (at that time) nWo Black & White leader ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan actually thought Mr. McMahon would show up for real and participate in a legitimate shoot-fight against Bischoff, as there obviously wouldn’t have been be a script nor any sort of agreement on a potential finish or anything.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said about his challenge and the (shoot) match that did not happen:
“Hulk believed up until the last minute that Vince would show up.
I’m not sure that’s why Hulk agreed to just do a run-in at Slamboree, but now that I’m sitting here thinking about it, I think that’s the only reason he said yeah.
Hogan was convinced that Vince would just shred me. He thought Vince would kill me.
I said do not interfere unless it looks like it could be permanent, meaning if Vince McMahon is digging out one of my eyes, go ahead and throw a chair.”
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