Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the pro wrestling business and is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds to have ever worked in it. He is well aware of the changing landscape of pro wrestling as well.
Easy E has worked in promotions such as WCW, WWE and Impact Wrestling. He also returned to WWE in 2019 as Executive Director of Friday Night Smackdown. However, he was fired from that role just a little over four months since he started working in the company.
While speaking on the 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about his previous run in WWE. Bischoff revealed that waiting for several hours just to meet Vince McMahon drove him crazy.
Most of it for me was preparing for or meeting with Vince. This is the part that drove me bat-s–t crazy. I’ve talked about not being able to adapt and this is one of the things that I really didn’t adapt well too is I don’t like sitting around waiting, I just don’t. It drives me bat-s–t crazy, it’s a waste of my time, I get bored with myself. The mental energy that starts getting created when I’m sitting around doing nothing is not healthy. It wasn’t just me, it was me and Paul [Heyman] and Bruce [Prichard] and a bunch of other people. As we’re preparing for this meeting we had with Vince all day, we get a call saying ‘Vince is running late,’ okay cool, how late? ‘He should be ready by 8,’ great okay, we’ve got work to do, we can stay productive. Then you get to quarter to 8 and Vince isn’t ready yet. Okay, we’re all still here, let us know. [Talking to his wife] ‘Hunny, I know it’s midnight, I told you I’d be home but I’m going to go into this meeting with Vince.’
There were often times that the 6 o’clock or 8 o’clock scheduled meeting with Vince didn’t start till midnight. That’s the culture and I probably along with a lot of other people spent more time waiting. It’s hard to be productive and go off in a direction if you haven’t gotten the approval you need or the buy-in that you need along the way. You get to a certain point where what else can we do until we know if this plan is approved or not, so there was a lot of sitting around and waiting.”
After getting fired by WWE in 2019, Bischoff made a few appearances on AEW Dynamite and he usually keeps himself busy with his other ventures and also his podcast. Considering how he was treated during his previous stint in WWE, it is understandable why Bischoff doesn’t want to go back there.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.