Eric Bischoff Says Handling Hulk Hogan & Bret Hart In WCW Was A Challenge


Eric Bischoff had his hands full managing Bret Hart and ‘Hollywood’ Hulk Hogan when the pair worked together in WCW during the late 1990s.

Hart joined the promotion in 1997 after the Montreal Screwjob and despite being two of the company’s top stars, the pair would only face off one time on WCW TV.


The pair would have two non-TV matches and on his “83 Weeks” podcast, Bischoff recalled the issues between Hogan and Hart that would cause problems. He said,

“There were issues obviously between Hogan and Bret. Managing them both, based on their own strongly held beliefs and perspectives, was a challenge. It was a compromise. Every one of those no-contest finishes was a compromise. They were both deeply embedded in their positions, and it was hard to get him off of it. It was one of the reasons why we never really had the ultimate match with them that we wanted to have. And the buildup is the chemistry between them.

“Now, they could be around each other. They could work together in the same ring as you’ve outlined many times. But when it came to being in the main event for the title, man that was just tough chemistry. So it’s the only way I can say it, really.”

Hogan allegedly promised Hart that he would ‘pass the torch’ to the Hitman in the WWF but would leave the promotion in 1993 before a match could happen.

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