Eric Bischoff is one of the most prominent and accomplished entrepreneurs and authority figures in the history of professional wrestling.
Bischoff forever changed the professional wrestling industry when he took over Ted Turner's WCW wrestling promotion in the '90s, becoming its president and Executive Producer. He signed away many of the WWE's top talents and helped build WCW into the largest wrestling promotion for much of the decade.
When WCW eventually folded, Bischoff would move to the WWE and became general manager of Monday Night Raw. His tenure there was well-received by fans and critics, but despite its success, Bischoff doesn't believe he did enough to warrant a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
In an interview with WrestleZone's Kevin Kellam, Bischoff explained why he doesn't think he deserved to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, despite his excellent resume and overall impact on the wrestling world.
"I don’t think about it...I have mixed emotions when people say, ‘who do you want to induct you? When are you going to get inducted?’ I’m not sure I want to be, and it’s because I respect the people in the Hall Of Fame.
A professional wrestler, man or woman, who makes up their mind at a young age that they want to get into this business, they sacrifice a ton...
I don’t feel like I sacrificed anything. I was fortunate, I was blessed, I was there at the right time in the right place. I achieved so much, but I didn’t really suffer and have to sacrifice along the way, so I just don’t feel like I’m a peer of those people, if that makes sense. I would rather sit down in the front row at the Hall Of Fame ceremony and cheer people on than be on that stage."
Bischoff's tenure in the WWE didn't last long; he was only the general manager from 2002 to 2005, before Vince McMahon "fired" him in storyline. Bischoff would then move over to the TNA promotion as a heel authority figure.
But WWE did induct Sting into the Hall of Fame back in 2016, even though he only wrestled a handful of matches for the company - with his tenure lasting less than a full calendar year. WWE seemingly did it out of respect for all of his contributions and accomplishments outside of the ring, so perhaps they'll do that with Bischoff one day.
Bischoff may not have lasted long in the WWE, but his impact in WCW essentially forced Vince to introduce the Attitude Era - which paved the way for the legends like 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, The Rock and D-Generation X to take over. And when you compare every past Raw GM to Bischoff, it's hard to find one who matched his overall success and entertainment value.
What This Means
Even though Bischoff was last involved with WWE 14 years ago, it's never too late to rule out a Hall of Fame induction. Over the past few years, a handful of the inductions included wrestlers who hadn't competed in decades. Bischoff's working relationship with McMahon was strong and successful all around, so it shouldn't surprise anybody if he does one day get the call - even if Bischoff feels he doesn't deserve it.