Eric Bischoff has become a legendary figure in the wrestling business. During his earlier years, Bischoff was the President of WCW for a period of time and later served as a General Manager in WWE.
To this day, Bischoff seems to be asked on a frequent basis whether or not he would be open to a return to his former employer. While serving as a guest on the Sky Sports Lock Up podcast, Bischoff went one step further than usual. He explained in more depth what the intricacies of a return would be like for him.
“I’d love to do it if it was a situation that would work of everybody,” said Bischoff. “I’m pretty subjective when it comes to certain things, and I try to be objective. And I think my opinion, you know, a character like mine [as] a General Manager, there’s only so much you can do from a storytelling point of view. You could be that heel authority figure like I played for several years in WWE and certainly in WCW, and it’s interesting and it’s fun, but after a while, you’ve kind of done everything that you can do creatively. You know, I’m not a wrestler, especially in this stage of my life, I’m not gonna get physically involved in matches.”
Bischoff explains that fans would get sick of his character after two months as General Manager on RAW or SmackDown Live- noting the reaction he received from RAW 25.
“So really the only storytelling phase in my life is that of an overbearing authority figure and we’ve done that, we’ve seen that. Not only with me, we’ve seen it with other characters, and I think the audience would get tired of it very quickly. I came out at the 25th Anniversary of Raw to a tremendous reaction, made me feel really good. And as amazing of a moment that was, I know deep down inside that after about two months of seeing me come out, they’d be like, ‘oh my God, we’ve been there, we’ve done this. C’mon, let’s move on. And besides that, he’s kinda old.’ So, I’m pretty realistic about the value that my character would have.”
Bischoff, as an alternative, offers his services as a manager for a Superstar that may not have good skills on the mic or needs more seasoning. He thinks this would be a good way to draw heat and get characters over while he explores something new with his wrestling character.
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With H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.