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Eric Bischoff Describes Ric Flair Attacking Him Backstage In WWE In ’03; Says Flair Threw Worked Punches

The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released just now! It features an in-depth look at the recent Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard episode about Eric and his time in WWE.

You can find an excerpt from the latest episode transcribed below. Featuring some of Eric’s memories of the alleged incident between he and Ric Flair backstage at a WWE event in St. Louis on March 17, 2003

Eric’s full and highly detailed recollection of the events that transpired between he and Ric begin at the 45 minute mark in the podcast.

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EB: I’ve been hit. I’ve been hit a lot and I’ve been hit hard. I’m looking at Ric and he’s clearly over the top pissed off and he’s throwing punches at me but they’re like… not connecting. Now I’m even more confused. I’m thinking, “God, if he’s really pissed off he’d be really hitting me? But he’s not really hitting me? But also… he’s bleeding from his mouth because he bit his own lip. So, he’s clearly pissed off.” I got off the phone, I stood up and in that moment I realized Ric had flipped and really wants to go. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not afraid to fight. Just because I don’t like to fight doesn’t mean I am afraid to fight or that I am not good at it. I didn’t want to fight Ric. Ric is a friend. I was confused. He backed me into a wall and got really violent. Then it got loud and Sgt. Slaughter came in to the room and it all got broke up. To this day Ric and I have never really talked about it. We just let it go. I knew I did some things to upset Ric emotionally and challenged him. Ric had a lot of things going on in his life. He’s an emotional person and has dealt with a lot of turmoil and that day he decided to take it out on me. Maybe I deserved it, I don’t know.

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This week’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling features Eric and Nick taking an in-depth look at the recent Something To Wrestle With episode about Eric and his time in WWE. Including:

  • What he’d have done differently when he had to “sell a broom” to Vince McMahon
  • Whether or not he considers himself a “wrestling person” or an “entertainment producer”
  • Hulk Hogan’s feelings about Vince McMahon when he was negotiating with Eric to come to WCW
  • If Eric believes that WWE would have stooged off the WCW results if the roles had been reversed
  • Vince preferring the narrative of “McMahon vs Turner” over “McMahon vs Bischoff”
  • The talk about bringing Eric into WWE to be part of the invasion angle
  • What he remembers about “wanting to put Vince McMahon out of business”
  • WWE’s attitude towards him as a creative mind
  • Who Eric most enjoyed seeing backstage at his WWE RAW debut
  • The truth behind Ric Flair “attacking Eric” backstage when he came to WWE
  • How Eric became friends with Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis
  • Eric’s thoughts when “Hot Lesbian Action” was pitched to him
  • Whether Eric would have liked the Billy & Chuck angle to have ended differently
  • The experience of kissing Linda McMahon in front of Vince
  • More…

Eric also takes a few minutes at the end of the show to give his thoughts on a few of the top pro wrestling news stories of the week. Including:

  • Samoa Joe as the #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship
  • Road Dogg as the creative force on Smackdown Live
  • The rumors that Hulk Hogan may be returning to WWE as an ambassador

You can find a special Bischoff on Wrestling Overrun on featuring Eric chatting with former WWE Superstar Steve Lombardi (aka the Brooklyn Brawler). Some of the topics they discuss include:

  • Lombardi’s upcoming book about his over thirty year career in WWE
  • Eric’s debut in WWE
  • Lombardi’s memories of growing up on the streets of Brooklyn
  • Vince McMahon as a commentator
  • What it takes to be a great enhancement talent
  • Why work rate does not always equal drawing power
  • Who the best finish men are in WWE
  • Shane and Stephanie McMahon
  • The future of the pro wrestling business
  • Backstage ribs
  • Vince McMahon’s loyalty
  • More…