Eric Bischoff Talks Latest WWE Run, Getting Fired, And Inability To Adapt To ‘WWE Machine’
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Eric Bischoff’s history with WWE has been a complicated one, but during a bonus episode of his podcast 83 Weeks (transcription via Pro Wrestling Sheet), he opened up about his latest run with the company, which ultimately led to his dismissal.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On his latest run with WWE:
I had to do some internal inventory and make sure that I was mentally and emotionally prepared to make a change as drastic as picking up, moving all my sh*t from Wyoming … not all of it. I wasn’t going to sell my house. I wasn’t going to sell my furniture. Because I suspected that there was a good chance that it would be a short-term relationship. I didn’t think it was gonna be quite as short-term as it WAS, but in my own mind I put kind of a two-year ticker on it.
On his dismissal:
I knew about six weeks in, eight weeks in, it just wasn’t going to work out. I knew I wasn’t fitting and it wasn’t a secret. It just wasn’t right, Vince wanted it to work. I believe that. I absolutely believe that. There was no reason for him to set me up this way. The opportunity that he gave me was amazing.
I knew it. Vince knew it. We both knew it. That’s why when it was time for them to let me go, I was more relieved than disappointed. I was disappointed because I didn’t live up to Vince’s expectations.
On not being able to adapt to WWE’s environment:
I didn’t realize how significant of a change [it would be] going from where I had been living for twenty years and what I had been doing for the last twenty years, to jumping into a machine. And make no mistake about it, WWE is an amazing machine.
I had to fit in the system and I wasn’t able to do it in the timeline it needed to be done.