Former WCW president Eric Bischoff was recently interviewed on “Keeping It 100” to talk about several professional wrestling topics.
Here are the highlights:
Not being able to talk a lot in detail about his experience:
I can’t really discuss too much internal stuff and the process. I signed an NDA. So I have to be very, very general about the way I discuss this thing.
Suspecting he might be exiting early:
There was a moment or two I guess, while I was there the first couple months. And I think the first month in a half in particular where I went home and I told my wife Laurie, ‘Do not fall in love. Do not fall in love with the furniture, do not fall in love with anything you buy here. We came here in a 5×8 U-Haul trailer, we’re going to leave here in a 5×8 U-Haul trailer. We may be leaving sooner than you think.’ That idea, that thought crossed my mind early on. And I was right.
Talent not embracing their characters:
I agree that a lot of talent doesn’t really understand their characters deeply enough. They don’t believe in the characters, they don’t become the characters. And you look at some of the most successful characters in the industry. Stone Cold Steve Austin was successful because he was playing a louder, larger than life version of himself.
That was an easy character for Steve to excel at because he wasn’t acting, and it became something that the audience really, really gravitated to. Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Macho Man. These are all characters [where] the talent and the individuals became those characters, and they believed in those characters.
H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions