Jericho welcomes Conrad Thompson to the show.
On today’s show Thompson takes us through Jericho’s career in WCW, allowing Jericho the opportunity to rebut claims made by Eric Bischoff on the most recent episode of his podcast, “83 Weeks”.
Jericho informs that he had been trying to make contact with someone in WCW for a long time but his calls were always ignored. Finally, he was introduced to Bischoff by Chris Benoit and Bischoff immediately offered Jericho a spot in WCW. Jericho was blown away by the abruptness of this offer, but was excited nonetheless.
Jericho referred to Bischoff as “ATM Eric” in his book, but Bischoff took great offence to that name during his podcast. Jericho explains that he only used that nickname because Bischoff was so generous to him. When they began their negotiations Jericho asked for $100,000 and he felt very nervous about asking for that much money. Bischoff countered by offering $130,000 and an additional $30,000 to move to Atlanta, and Jericho couldn’t believe it.
Bischoff explained during his podcast that he offered Jericho the extra money because that was closer to what other cruiserweights such as Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit were making, and he didn’t want there to be any issues down the line if Jericho found out he was making less than those guys. Jericho counters by saying that he wouldn’t have been insulted to find out he was making less money than those guys because they’d been there for a long time and had proven themselves.