Eric Bischoff has been credited as one of the most brilliant minds of the pro wrestling business. The mastermind behind WCW revolutionized the industry during the 1990s. However, Bischoff had strong opposition against his son, Garrett Bischoff, stepping in the ring as a performer.
Garrett Bischoff entered the wrestling business in 2010 serving as a referee for IMPACT Wrestling. He came up under a different identity to hide the fact that he was the offspring of the former WCW President Eric Bischoff. The father-son duo were also involved in a brief feud that even led to a physical altercation back in 2011.
The son of Eric Bischoff made his debut inside the squared circle against Gunner, and he won by disqualification after interference by Ric Flair in 2011. He then went on to wrestle for various promotions on the independent circuit. However, his father was strongly opposed to the idea of Garrett wrestling when he initially expressed his desire while still working as a referee. He spoke about this during an AdFreeShows exclusive interview with Kerry Morton.
“He definitely did his best to talk me out of it, like more than once. Not because he didn’t want me to pursue a dream or pursue a passion, but because he knew, you see the dirty side of things, you see the dark side of things. It’s not all fun and games, there’s a lot of BS that comes along with it, more so when you are second or third generation, it’s a harder hill to climb.”
Garrett Bischoff also stated that his father was just trying to look out for his son, as Eric Bischoff knew about the risks involved in being a professional wrestler. The younger Bischoff’s full time career came to an end after being released by IMPACT wrestling in 2015.
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