• “There could not be a better CEO than Stephanie McMahon” – WCW Legend
During an episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff talked about Vince McMahon’s retirement from WWE and Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon becoming the co-CEO along with Nick Khan.
Below are the highlights:
On Stephanie McMahon being promoted to co-CEO of WWE:
“Here’s my experience with Stephanie McMahon. There could not be a better CEO or Co-CEO of that company than Stephanie. She is amazing.
I didn’t work with her directly every day, but I did work with her. I went to meetings with her. I was involved in discussions with her and our team. She is a star.
She’s also, I think, very much like her father in that, ‘Look, I don’t care what you did to me yesterday or what you said about me yesterday. What can you do for me today in my business?’
She couldn’t give two sh*ts about what you said about her on the internet 15 f**king years ago. What can you do for my business and do you have integrity? If you have something to offer, and you have integrity, and she trusts you, you’re going to be fine.”
On Vince McMahon’s legacy:
“When I was competing against Vince McMahon, here’s the truth. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do all that crap that created the Monday Night Wars and that opportunity for me to step into that moment in time when all things were working and everything was lined up and for me to be able to go head to head with Vince McMahon, that would have never happened had it not been for the vision and the footprint that Vince McMahon created.
AEW, WCW, none of that would have existed had Vince McMahon not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, in a way that the Crocketts couldn’t do, Verne Gagne couldn’t do, none of the other regional promoters who had these wild a$$ dreams, knew how to do it, or really had the vision to take wrestling from what it once was (to what it turned out to be). Everybody tried and said, ‘What if I do this? What if I did that?’, but Vince did it.
If Vince McMahon wouldn’t have done it, Ted Turner Broadcasting wouldn’t have been interested in competing with him and created the number one television show (WCW), not wrestling show, television show, each and every week. AEW would have never gotten an opportunity.
So all roads lead, no matter how much you’ve enjoyed or hated, or whatever, no matter how much you’ve seen, and how much this industry has changed over the last 30 years, all of those roads lead to Vince McMahon.
To deny that or not give it proper respect, I think, is a reflection on a weakness of character.”
WATCH: Stephanie McMahon Forcefully Kissed By Eric Bischoff:
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (July 26, 1997) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1997’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
Jerry Lawler vs. Scott Taylor
The Headbangers vs. Scott D’Amore & Tony Roy
Kama vs. Flash Funk
Owen Hart vs. Mankind