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Eric Bischoff

Real NameEric Aaron Bischoff
Detroit, MI

Occupational BackgroundActor, Producer, Announcer, Executive

Mentor(s)Verne Gagne

Promotional Background - WCW(`94-`99), TNA/Impact(`10-`13)

Peak Years`96-`98

Place in HistoryLove him or hate him, Eric Bischoff is one of the most significant figures of pro-wrestling in the post-territorial era.  Always motivated and entrepreneurial, Bischoff has been working to establish brands for most of his adult life with both successes and failures along the way.  His connection to pro-wrestling began with the AWA, where he served in several capacities as the company was in decline. Next was WCW, where he was a mediocre announcer who might have become a footnote until an opportunity presented itself.  While WCW was in turmoil at the managerial level, Bischoff managed to convince the company to give him a shot and they did. While he lacked the pro-wrestling experience of Jim Ross and the promotional experience of Bob Dhue, he managed to secure power.  The WWF was at a low point and Bischoff amazingly brought in a number of their talent deemed “too old” by Vince McMahon. Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage were key in helping the company gain a mainstream acceptance that they had never enjoyed. He next pitched Monday Nitro to go head-to-head with Monday Night Raw and it became the ideal platform for their evolving product.  Bischoff and booker Kevin Sullivan used a combination of established stars and dynamic up-and-comers to make Nitro are success. Then they created the nWo (New World Order) and changed the game completely. While mockingly called “ATM Eric” for the big contracts that WCW was offering, the company had the deepest roster of all-time and were on fire for several years. The combination of internal politics, the product growing stale and the WWF going in an edgy direction that the Turner-owned WCW could not follow eventually took down WCW.  The Time Warner/AOL merger also changed the power structure and WCW, a company now hemorrhaging money, was no longer safe. Bischoff tried to put together a consortium to buy WCW, but it WWF bought it at a huge discount and that was it. When his contract eventually ran out, Eric Bischoff, like many WCW stars was brought in. He served as an on-screen personality as the General Manager of Raw and introduced concepts to the company and was exceptional in the role. When the character ran its course, he left and made sporadic appearances for a few years while pursuing other business ventures.  While in WCW, Bischoff formed a friendship with Jason Hervey that led to a lengthy partnership where the two produced several reality and sports shows, although none were hugely successful. In 2010, Eric Bischoff returned to pro-wrestling as an executive producer for TNA. He tried to help the company rebrand and rebuild. They moved away from the name “TNA” in favor of “Impact,” they brought in legendary talent like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Mick Foley, they got rid of their six-sided ring and they even tried to go head-to-head with WWE in way that the company had never attempted. The three year run was largely a failure and the company never quite recovered.  Since then, Bischoff had minimal involvement in pro-wrestling. He tried his hand at podcasting with “83 Weeks” and while he is an engaging host, the show has been panned for its rampant inaccuracies. In 2019, the WWE announced Eric Bischoff was coming back to help the company behind-the-scenes with branding and their transition to Fox.