Eric Bischoff has shed some light on his being asked to leave Rick Rude's funeral following the former star's passing in 1999.
Rude, who is said to have died as the result of an accidental overdose, fell out with Bischoff after the latter refused to pay back a Lloyd's of London disability insurance payoff for him, something which would have seen Rude legally cleared to return to wrestling.
Rude had taken a payoff or nearly half a million dollars after a back injury. But when he felt like he was able to wrestle again, he was told that he would have to pay back every cent if he wanted to get back in the ring.
He tried to get Bischoff and WCW to pay it as part of a compensation package but Bischoff says he simply couldn't justify such a thing.
After Rude passed away, Bischoff showed up to the funeral only to be asked to leave by the deceased's sister a few minutes after he got there.
“Yes, there was [an incident at the funeral]," he said on a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast (h/t 411Mania). I went to Rick’s funeral and probably five or ten minutes after I got to the service, I had visited Rick’s casket and said a prayer and had a few words, a moment with him. And his sister, and I don’t remember her name, came up to me and asked me to leave. And I felt, I was so embarrassed, number one, I certainly didn’t want to draw attention to myself.
"You know, it was a funeral. I was there to pay respects. Rick was a friend of mine, you know. We had our issue about me paying off his Lloyd’s of London policy, and it wasn’t a little amount of money, it was about, if I recall, I think it was $350,000 or $450,000.”
What This Means
For Bischoff, it meant never attending the funeral of any wrestler he worked with as he says he doesn't ever want to be the center of attention for something so embarrassing again.
He feels like he was made out to be the bad guy by Rude's family and understand that but claims he could have never gone to WCW's owners with such a proposal.