Eric Bischoff Discusses Getting Fired From WWE

Eric Bischoff broke his silence at the very end of his 83 Weeks podcast this week about being let go from WWE. There have been a lot of rumors circling around the internet as to what really happened, but Bischoff warns everyone not to believe everything you hear.

“I think people are smart enough to see through the bullshit that they read,” Bischoff continues, “My feelings right now are that I’m really grateful for the opportunity – to work at WWE. And it was an opportunity. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out. Clearly it didn’t work out the way Vince McMahon wanted it to work out. That happens. And I’m not taking any of it personally. Professionally I’m taking a hard look at it.”

He has nothing but great things to say about the writing team for both shows, but particularly Smackdown.

“I had a chance to work with a great, great team of people. You know – the writing team for Smackdown in particular. As well as a lot of the other writers who are on Raw. They are a very, very talented and unbelievably hard working and dedicated group of people. Just to have the opportunity to work with people like that in and of itself was worth this experiment.”

Bischoff didn’t last long in the WWE. Rumors were that he was a very hard person to find backstage after creative meetings and that he was usually hanging out around catering during the shows. Sources who were asked about Bischoff claimed that Bruce Pritchard was always running Smackdown and Bischoff had little-to-no input at all. Pritchard was recently promoted to replace Bischoff’s position as Executive Director of Friday Night Smackdown. Things are not expected to change if Pritchard was mostly calling the shots anyway.

Bischoff comments on his run being so short:

“I didn’t come here thinking I was going to be in WWE for 5 or 10 years. I looked at it as a relatively short term opportunity – [laughs] maybe 2 to 3 years. I didn’t think it would be quite this short term, but sometimes that happens. WWE is a great company with a very defined culture and process and I didn’t necessary fit into it. That’s just how it is.”

Despite being fired, Bischoff says that his time in the WWE was nothing but positive.

“All in all, very positive. Got nothing but great things to say about the people in of WWE – and the company as a whole.”

You can listen to the full episode below.




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