He is one of the most controversial individuals in the history of North American professional wrestling. Eric Bischoff would probably not view such a description as an insult, because, as he once put it, controversy creates cash. Bischoff began his professional wrestling career by earning a simple-enough role that did not bring with it any real authority. From there, as fans of the industry know, Bischoff went on to become the most powerful individual within a company and unquestionably one of the most powerful men in the industry during the “boom period” and the “Monday Night Wars” of the 1990s.
Bischoff did what nobody else was able to adequately do in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He challenged WWE Chairman Vince McMahon by making World Championship Wrestling direct competition of the WWE. To his credit, Bischoff made WCW the biggest wrestling company in the world and there was even a time where one would have been wise to believe that Bischoff and WCW were going to defeat McMahon and the WWE. That, of course, did not happen, and WCW's downfall was one that was quick and ultimately permanent. In the end, it was Bischoff who had to accept a position working in World Wrestling Entertainment.
It is interesting to think that there is a whole generation of wrestling fans who missed out on the 1990s and thus were not around to see Bischoff serve as a true authority figure for a company. Those fans may not, thus, fully understand why Bischoff was such a big deal and why some who follow the product in 2016 are still so fascinated in reading about Bischoff. All indications, as of the posting of this piece, are that Bischoff is finished with trying to run a national wrestling promotion. One has to wonder, though, if he would be a benefit to the WWE or to a different organization in today's market.
15 15. Early Life
14 14. Other Careers
13 13. Wrestling Break
12 12. Bischoff's First WWE Stint
11 11. Bischoff's WCW Start
10 10. Monday Nitro
9 9. New World Order
8 8. Bischoff's Friend and Neighbor
7 7. Bischoff Was Jumped by a Fan!
6 6. Bischoff is Actually a Black Belt
5 5. Bischoff versus McMahon
4 4. Bischoff a Champion
3 3. Bischoff and Shawn Michaels
2 2. Bischoff Versus Flair
1 1. Bischoff and TNA?
It is hardly a secret that TNA Wrestling has seen better days and that the company is in rough shape as of May 2016. Some remaining fans of that company may see Bischoff, who has a history with TNA, as somebody who could resurrect and/or re-brand that organization. Bischoff was asked in April 2016 via Twitter if he would have any interest in buying TNA. His answer, in three words, was “not a chance.” Bischoff has been a worker in the past, and so maybe he was merely sending out a smokescreen. Then again, Bischoff is also a smart businessman and buying TNA in 2016 would be a risky and maybe even a silly business decision.
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