Tag Archives: Eric Bischoff

After the Bell

Beaver County Times – December 3, 2000

News and gossip from the wrestling world:

  • Stephanie McMahon has been added to the creative team that writes WWF television.
  • Since returning to WCW after suffering third-degree burns, Bam Bam Bigelow has reported no problems.
  • Jim Neidhart and the British Bulldog will be released shortly by the WWF.
  • Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman said he has no interest in bringing back Sabu.
  • Rob Van Dam will finally be looking to add the ECW world title to his resume when he returns to the company full time.
  • WWF officials are very impressed with Molly Holly, especially after “Smackdown.” Not only can she hit the high spots, but the WWF also considers her a good worker of matches.  A WWF Women’s Title run will probably be in the near future.
  • There were a lot of rumors circulating last week about Eric Bischoff taking steps toward developing a start-up promotion. Sources say Bischoff has already contacted Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior to be part of the group.  He also has a WCW employee recruiting talent from within WCW, according to one source who says he was propositioned.  Bischoff is said to have had high-level meetings with Fox about airing the promotion.
  • The Dudley Boyz will compete at an upcoming ECW event on Dec. 21 in Queens, N.Y.
  • Kurt Angle’s brother, Eric, could sign a development contract with the WWF, and if he does, he will be assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling.
  • Brad Siegel is hoping to cut $16 million off WCW’s budget, say sources, by reworking the contracts of several “mid-card and lower” wrestlers. According to sources within the WCW office, Siegel is planning to exercise the 90-day review clauses in as many contracts as possible.  He plans to release those wrestlers, and then attempt to re-sign them to cheaper day-to-day contracts.

No Holds Barred

TV Guide – December 5-11, 1998
By Bruce Newman

No Holds Barred article title

Pro Wrestling’s Outrageous Superstars Are Pinning Down The Sport’s Biggest Audiences And Ratings Ever!  Here’s Why.

Before you see him on-screen, you hear him coming with the thunderously amplified sound of glass shattering into a thousand jagged pieces.  It’s as if Stone Cold Steve Austin had just kicked in the front of your television set.  And in a way he has.  Striding into the ring for Raw Is War (USA Network, Mondays, 9 P.M./ET), the feared dreadnought of the World Wrestling Federation glowers at the red light on the top of the television camera.  But rather than rushing to drop his opponent into that orthopedic hell known as the Stone Cold Stunner, he responds to the crowd’s plea to once again preach the gospel according to him, Austin 3:16.  “I just whupped your ass!” he bellows and triumphantly raises his huge biceps into the air.  Like Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who at this moment is doing virtually the same routine on TNT’s WCW Monday Nitro (Mondays, 8 P.M./ET), Austin’s greatest strength as a wrestler is his mouth.  “I don’t read from a script out there,” Austin says.  “Everything from me is ad-lib.  You turn a camera on, put that little red light on me, I’m gonna go.”  So turn a little red light on TV’s hottest form of entertainment, because as Austin himself might say: Hell, yeah!  Professional wrestling is ready for its close-up. Continue reading

Eric Bischoff Surprises All By Becoming Newest Member Of New World Order

Wilmingston Morning Star – December 4, 1996
By Ronald Jordan

“They have leadership, and we have none.”

Those were the words of announcer Larry Zbyszko a few weeks ago when assessing why the New World Order had been so successful in its attempts to dominate and control World Championship Wrestling.  Well, now that WCW senior executive vice president and key announcer Eric Bischoff has joined the NWO it now looks like total domination. Continue reading

The Squared Circle

Beaver County Times – July 25, 2002

TOP 10

KURT ANGLE

KURT ANGLE

1. The Undertaker
2. Rob Van Dam
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Kurt Angle
5. Jamie Noble
6. Eddie Guerrero
7. Test
8. Booker T
9. Ken Shamrock, NWA-TNA
10. Jeff Hardy

ERIC BISCHOFF

ERIC BISCHOFF

Look for: Eric Bischoff to recruit many “Smackdown!” superstars and feud with some of his old WCW wrestlers. Continue reading

Everything’s Fake But The Deaths

The Village Voice – August 8-14, 2001
By Nick Mamatas

Last spring, Vince McMahon appeared both on his own show, the World Wrestling Federation’s ‘RAW IS WAR’ on TNN, and on his competitor’s, World Championship Wrestling’s ‘MONDAY NITRO’ on TNT, and declared himself owner of both. And maybe the number of folding chairs thrown at wrestling matches will decrease now that maverick Extreme Championship Wrestling has itself folded. The wrestling wars of the 1990s have simmered down, but they left behind a body count. Continue reading

What If McMahon Owned Everything?

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – October 22, 2000
By Rennie Detore

Vince McMahon has always been considered the “god of professional wrestling.” So, wouldn’t it be fitting if McMahon owned and controlled the entire business? As silly as it sounds, McMahon may get his wish sooner than later. Continue reading

Time Warner Sells Ailing WCW

New York Post – January 12, 2001
By Allyson Lieberman

AOL Time Warner’s clean-up of Turner Broadcasting continued yesterday with the sale of its ailing World Championship Wrestling operation.

Once recognized as the most popular TV wrestling brand, the WCW has been pinned by the leading World Wrestling Federation, with stars such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Often dubbed “Wheelchair Wrestling” by its fans because of its aging wrestling stars, the operation is said to have lost more than $80 million last year.

Insiders say parent company Time Warner, which is being acquired by America Online, could not justify the huge losses and ordered the sale of the wrestling giant.

The WCW was sold for an estimated $80 million to $100 million to Fusient Media, whose chiefs founded the Classic Sports Network, now known as ESPN Classic.

Turner Broadcasting will retain a minority interest in the WCW business and long-term programming rights.

Bradley Siegel, president of general entertainment networks at TBS, said Turner cable stations will continue airing WCW matches but will leave programming and marketing to the New York-based Fusient Media Ventures.

Eric Bischoff, who was recently brought back to revive the faltering WCW, will remain president.

“WCW was the thorn in the side of Turner Cable networks,” said Ed Hatch, an analyst at SG Cowen Securities. “Management is in the process of clearing the decks of deadwood,” Hatch said of the sale.