Eric Bischoff was recently interviewed by Wrestlezone. During the interview, he discussed the success of his “83 Weeks” podcast and how he is able to provide a unique insight on the inner workings of the business. Here are the highlights:
On Being Able To Provide A Different Perspective:
Here’s what’s crazy about the podcast—I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do it, to be honest. Conrad called me and said ‘hey, why don’t we do this podcast? It’ll be about the Monday Night Wars, that era, 83 weeks [of WCW winning the ratings war]’ and I said people have been talking about this stuff for twenty years, twenty-five years, there have been books written about it. There’s been DVDs, documentaries, I wrote a book about it. It’s been talked about, rehashed, discussed so many different ways and times that I didn’t think there was any interest in it. But what doing the podcast allows me to do is to go back in a very positive way, and break down and detail the ‘why’ of it all, or the ‘how’ of it all in a way that has never really been discussed before in that much detail. It’s a blast for me. It allows me to go back and look at things and from a very different perspective because in being truthful about it, when I got out of wrestling, when I left WCW, I don’t want to say I had a bad taste in my mouth, bitter, but I had made up my mind that that part of my life was gone. It’s over, it’s done, it’s time to move on. I was relatively young at that point, I have a family to take care of and I was in the midst of a career shift. I closed the door on the business in a way and my experience in it, until this podcast. I spend more time talking about it and thinking about it now then I have in the past twenty years.
On Bruce Prichard’s “Something To Wrestle” Podcast Being Successful For Similar Reasons:
Bruce does a great job. Bruce Prichard is a good, good friend of mine, but number one, Bruce is a much better storyteller than I am. He’s got a million of them, but he spent thirty years in the wrestling business at a very high level and he’s just got a wealth of stories. Bruce dealt a lot more with talent, better stories as it relates to the backstage antics with some of the talent. My perspective is a little bit different and I talk about the business of the wrestling business, so it makes 83 Weeks different than [Something To Wrestle]. People love that. It’s a business that people are aware of, but nobody really understands how it works. We get to take a peek behind the curtain and teach them how it works.
You can listen to the podcast below: