X-Pac opens today’s show by responding to Eric Bischoff’s words on his podcast from last week. He says he loves Bischoff, but he disputes some of the things that Bischoff said on that podcast. He notes that the events surrounding his firing from WCW were over 20 years ago, and sometimes people don’t remember things that well.
The “letter of intent” that Bischoff spoke about on that show was actually a deal memo, the terms of which were binding. He says he wanted a raise because he was performing at a high level and making $250,000/year when other people at his level were making $500,000/year. Bischoff had given Scott Hall and Kevin Nash a raise at that time and X-Pac thought he was due for a raise. He was also hardly ever home because even when he wasn’t performing he was on the road taking care of Scott Hall, who wasn’t doing well at one point.
Bischoff said he fired X-Pac when he backed out of the financial arrangement they had reached. X-Pac informs that Bischoff was correct in saying that WCW paid him the entire time he was out with a neck injury, which was a rarity for WCW back in those days. However, it was over a year before he and his legal team got WCW’s actual contract, during which time X-Pac was asking for a raise through his agent, Barry Bloom.
In addition, Bischoff said that X-Pac was fired because he tried to change the terms of the deal he and Bischoff had agreed upon, but X-Pac points out that his termination notice at that time said he was fired for not being able to perform, not because he backed out of any deal.
At the time X-Pac thought it was a “chickenshit” move for Bischoff to fire him via FedEx, but looking back now, he wonders how else Bischoff was supposed to do it. He could have flown X-Pac in and told him in person, but X-Pac says he really would have been pissed off then.