In an interview with Back Sports Page, Eric Bischoff spoke about possibly being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the future. Here are highlights:
On ECW One Night Stand
It was a blast for so many different reasons that might not have been as much fun for someone else. Mostly because of my personality and I love that adrenaline factor. That night I was the guy the audience was trained to hate. They hated me and the character I was playing. In reality that is not me, that night I was playing a role. I’m glad that they were able to react to the role I was playing and I had a lot of help from people like Paul Heyman who legitimately used to tell all the guys that were barely making money or not making money at all that Eric Bischoff is evil. He is trying to steal all of ECW’s talent and trying to put us out of business. The work I had to put in compared to others was different but man as we spoke of before I loved the adrenaline and that atmosphere. I think a big part of that was the room we were in as the Hammerstein Ballroom was a very tight room. There were only about 2500 people in attendance for the show. You also have to remember this wasn’t Paul Heyman’s show. This was a WWE produced show and Vince McMahon was in charge of the event. With that said I never felt at any point it was a real hostile environment because it was a WWE event.
On the Monday Night War
People always said during the Monday Night Wars that the only way we were able to compete was due to a large checkbook and deep pockets. That’s not very true at all. That is a false narrative designed to shape history. WWE had significant advantages over WCW and vice versa. One of the advantages and disadvantages of WCW had to deal with was being a member of Turner Broadcasting. The advantage is true you are owned by a network therefore they are more invested in you and you have more latitude in certain aspects. The disadvantage was our crew at times because when I started with Turner, they still had the NFL and the NBA. Turner had a significant sports tradition and we had to use only Turner production people. We were on the bottom of the list and if we were in the NBA season for example and the entire best camera and tech guys, production guys that we normally used were needed as they would go and be on the more important broadcasts. That left us in a tough spot because of where we were on the bottom of the pecking order.
We got what was left over and sometimes need to scramble at the last minute and find freelancers we never worked with us before. The result would be ending up having a rotating door of production staff due to Baseball, the NBA and the NFL. That was a tough situation to be in. That was most of the time. We had a lot of people that never worked with us before operating hand held cameras. Specifically those guys were not used to or familiar with shooting the action in a wrestling ring, they are always a heartbeat and a half behind. When you shoot wrestling, you have to anticipate what is going to happen next and be slightly ahead of it as opposed to following as it happens unlike other sports. The results of that would be sloppiness and a lot of missed shots. The angles you would have liked to have were never really there because our cameraman were not used to what they were seeing or how to cover it. That was a big disadvantage that WCW had. WWE had years to develop and train their staff. WWE makes sure the production team got exactly what Vince McMahon was looking for and how he wanted it. He was able to build that, we couldn’t. We had the where do we go environment 75% of the time.
On if he would accept a WWE Hall of Fame induction
The Hall of Fame Question has been asked a lot and I don’t mean to be coy but I really don’t know how I feel about it. Obviously it would be a great honor and to me it and to me it would be validation. I would be overwhelmed for many reasons but there is a part of me I would have to reconcile with. There is a part of me that believes the HOF should be about the wrestlers. I don’t mean the guys who jumped in the ring once in a while who helped further a storyline or a gimmick. I’m talking about the guys who struggled for years as they slept in their cars and sacrificed so they could reach that level of success and greatness they earned. I would feel awkward to be honest. If they did a HOF for wrestling executives then I would be all over that. I just don’t see myself in the category as some of the other people in the Hall of Fame. I would be excited if they offered me a ticket to see it live because it’s one of my favorite parts of Wrestlemania . I really shouldn’t say that because the focus should be the action in the ring, that’s what it’s all about. The thing is being honest I look forward to the Hall of Fame because you get a sense of real emotion and you see how much it means to some people. Look at last year with guys like the Warrior. He got to heal honest wounds and seeing that drama is what appeals to me in this business.
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